Mr. Andersen holds a BS from the University of Idaho in 1979 as Naval ROTC Scholarship Participant. JPME 1 from the Naval War College Distance Learning Program 2007, AJPME from Joint Forces Staff College 2009, and Senior Executive Fellows Program, Harvard Kennedy School, May 2017. He earned his Naval Aviators Wings in January 1981.
During his 30 years of Commissioned Service, he served in Command, Staff, Shipboard, and Squadron positions in the United States, Germany, Italy, Western Pacific, Mediterranean, and Indian Ocean deployments. Tours of Duty included: Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN (HS-10) as a Fleet Replacement Pilot in the SH-3H. In February of 1982 and commenced his fleet tour with HS-6 where he deployed aboard USS ENTERPRISE CVN-65 and completed two deployments to the Western Pacific. Following his initial Sea tour, he reported to HS-10 in San Diego, California as a Fleet Replacement Pilot Instructor in March, 1985. He served as ASW Instructor and Assistant Operations Officer. Enroute to his next Sea Tour he attended HC-16 for UH-1N training prior to reporting to USS TARAWA LHA-1 as the Assistant Air Officer and later was assigned the USS DULUTH LPD-6 in the cleanup of Prince William Sound in Alaska following the grounding of the former EXXON VALDEZ. Left active duty in January of 1990 and joined the Navy Reserve where he affiliated with HS-85 based in NAS Alameda. HS-85 moved to NAS North Island and he was instrumental in the transformation to HC-85 with their new mission supporting the Southern California Offshore Range (SCORE) at San Clemente Island. In April of 1999 he became the Executive Officer of HC-85 and assumed Command in April 2000. Following his Commanding Officer tour in August 2001 he became the Chief of Staff for C3F JFACC 0194 in October 2001 and was acting Commanding Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In October of 2003 he assumed Command of NR CSG 7 supporting Carrier Strike Group SEVEN aboard the USS John C Stennis (CVN-74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). In January 2005 he served as Deputy JFACC for Operation Unified Assistance under MGEN Deptula at Hickam AFB. He completed his CO tour of the CNE-C6F Maritime Partnership Program Strategy and Support HQ Det 130 out of Naples Italy in November 2007. He served as the CNE-C6F Liaison Officer to AFRICOM in Stuttgart, Germany from Oct 2007 to March 2009. He completed 30 years of Commissioned service in June 2009.
In February of 2010, he became a DA Civilian assigned to United States Africa Command as the Chief of Shared Services for the AFRICOM Chief of Staff. These duties included the supervision of the Office of Security Management, Facilities Management, Secretariat of the Joint Staff, Distinguished Visitors Support Element, Visual Information Services, FOIA/Privacy Act, Conference Planning, Language and Translation Services, Passport and VISA Control, and Comptroller.
From August 2017 to March 2022, he served as the USAG White Sands Missile Range, Deputy Garrison Commander. During this period he oversaw the stationing of 3 units to the installation including the 1st Special Forces Cmd SOF-TEC, 3-6 Air Defense Detachment and the USAF Nuclear Weapons Center. Conducted the largest Bataan Memorial Death March and the 75th Anniversary Ceremonies for White Sands Missile Range and the Trinity Site.
In March 2022 he became the DGC at Fort Polk, LA and directed the redesignation efforts to Fort Johnson and the numerous Quality of Life efforts for the Post.
In September 2023, he became the Deputy Garrison Manager at Camp Darby in Italy.
Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Superior Civilian Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Action Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal (2nd Award.) to name a few.
Tim Andersen is married to the former Yolanda Saunders of Pullman Washington