Mike Anderson is the European Command’s Strategic Outreach Coordinator. In that capacity he seeks to collaborate with U.S. Interagency Departments, academia, allies, and the private sector to better execute the Command’s mission. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he assumed his duties following two years as the Command’s Inspector General; an extension of the “eyes, ears, and conscience” of the European Command (EUCOM) Commander. Mike Anderson retired with the rank of Colonel from the Army in August 2008 after 30 years service.
During his Army career, he served for 24 years as an Army European Foreign Area Officer proficient in German and possessing an understanding of Danish. He has more than twenty years experience in Europe, with five assignments in Germany, including the US Embassy in Bonn, service in Denmark as Attaché at the US Embassy Copenhagen, two tours in the Netherlands, including Deputy G5 of III US Corps (Forward) and most recent duty as the EUCOM Director, Europe Division, J5 Plans and Policy Directorate . Mr. Anderson served on peacekeeping deployments to Croatia and Hungary in the mid 1990’s in support of the United Nations and NATO.
Among his previous assignments, Mike Anderson commanded in the 5th Infantry Division, been an Aide-de-Camp in Germany, a Battalion Executive Officer in the Netherlands, and a Deputy Brigade Commander in both Germany and Hungary. Staff assignments included managing US Army relations with Israel, the Civil-Military Officer for US Army Europe’s Theater Support Command, and duty as the Deputy Executive Officer to the Commander of Training and Doctrine Command.
His military awards and decorations include two Defense Superior Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Parachutist Badge.
Colonel (Retired) Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in Political Science from Siena College, New York, and a Master’s Degree in International Relations with an emphasis in European Security, from Columbia University in New York City.
His military education includes the Army General Staff College, the Foreign Area Officer Program, the Joint Military Attaché School, the NATO Staff Officer Course, the Defense Language Institute (German), the US State Department Foreign Service Institute (Danish), the Harvard University US-Russia Executive Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Senior Executive Seminar and the Combatant Command/Joint Inspector General course.
Mike Anderson’s wife, Katja, is a teacher in German, French, and History. They are most proud of their two young children; a daughter, Natasha (14), and a son, Maurice (7).