HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

MAJOR GENERAL DAGVIN R.M. ANDERSON

PRINT | E-MAIL

Maj. Gen. Dagvin R.M. Anderson is the Commander, Special Operations Command Africa, headquartered at Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany. In this role, Maj. Gen. Anderson is responsible for the full spectrum of special operations activities conducted throughout Africa and leads more than 1,700 U.S. military, interagency and international military personnel operating in 27 countries throughout Africa and Europe.

A distinguished graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Maj. Gen. Anderson was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program. He has flown the KC-135R, MC-130E and U-28A operationally, and has participated in several contingencies to include operations Provide Comfort, Deny Flight, Deliberate Guard, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He commanded a special operations squadron, an expeditionary squadron, an operations group and a special operations wing. He was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and was an Olmsted Scholar in the Czech Republic. Maj. Gen. Anderson has completed joint staff tours at Headquarters United States Special Operations Command, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Headquarters United States Forces Korea and Headquarters United States Indo-Pacific Command.

EDUCATION
1992 Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis
1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2003 Masters degree, International Public Policy, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2009 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2010 Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 1993-June 1994, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
2. October 1994-September 1996, KC-135R Pilot, 91st Air Refueling Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
3. September 1996-May 1999, KC-135R/T Instructor/Evaluator/Chief Pilot, 91st Air Refueling Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.
4. June 1999-May 2000, Student, Czech Language, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Calif.
5. June 2000-July 2002, Olmsted Scholar, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
6. August 2002-May 2003, Student, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
7. September 2003-September 2005, Chief of Current Operations, MC-130E, 8th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, Fla.
8. September 2005-August 2007, Deputy Director of the Commander's Action Group, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
9. October 2007-April 2009, Operations Officer, 319th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
10. April 2009-June 2010, Commander, 19th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
11. July 2010-July 2011, Fellow Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
12. July 2011-July 2013, Commander, 58th Operations Group, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
13. July 2013-June 2014, Senior Aviation Advisor for Counter-Terrorism Operations, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
14. July 2014-June 2016, Commander, 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
15. July 2016-June 2017, Special Assistant to the Commander and Director of the Commander’s Strategic Initiative Group, United Nations Command-Combined Forces Command-U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea
16. June 2017–June 2019, Deputy Director for Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
17. June 2019–present, Commander Special Operations Command-Africa, Stuttgart, Germany

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. September 2005-August 2007, Deputy Director of the Commander's Action Group, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a major and lieutenant colonel
2. July 2013-June 2014, Senior Aviation Advisor for Counter-Terrorism Operations, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a colonel
3. July 2016-June 2017, Special Assistant to the Commander and Director of the Commander’s Strategic Initiative Group, United Nations Command-Combined Forces Command-U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, as a colonel
4. June 2017-June 2019, Deputy Director for Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, as a colonel and brigadier general
5. June 2019-present, Commander Special Operations Command-Africa, Stuttgart, Germany, as a major general

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating:  command pilot
Flight Hours:  more than 3,400 (738 combat)
Aircraft Flown:  T-37, T-38, KC-135R/T, C-130E, MC-130E/H/P/J, HC-130P/N/J, AC-130U, UH-1N, TH-1, HH-60, Mi-17, MH-6, MV-22, CV-22, PC-12 and U-28A

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with silver and bronze oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 19, 1992
First Lieutenant Nov. 19, 1994
Captain Nov. 19, 1996
Major May 1, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 2006
Colonel Oct. 1, 2010
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2017
Major General May 22, 2020

(Current as of July 2020)

Engage

Twitter
RT @grandslamwing: Mobilizing to assist - anywhere, anytime. Members from #TeamAUAB aboard a C-17 from @TeamCharleston took off to assist t…
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: .@HiAirGuard Airmen deployed to California to participate in exercise Sentinel Response 2021 alongside @CalGuard Airmen a…
Twitter
.@GenCQBrownJr and @cmsaf_official discuss the best ways to help Airmen's talent to bloom. #Airmen #Questionshttps://t.co/GGDHJkiOOb
Twitter
Airmen at the 149th Fighter Wing, Texas, demonstrated an autonomous machine solution for an @AFWERX innovation init… https://t.co/5ZGnnOPfYi
Twitter
During a quarterly senior leader review, @KesselRunAF & @USAF_ACC leaders agreed the Air Operations Center Weapon S… https://t.co/FnXQYIiG86
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: #PublicServiceRecognitionWeek starts today! This is a chance to acknowledge the civil servants who dedicate themselves t…
Twitter
#ICYMI - The Air Force Employee Assistance Program has expanded the available resources available to #AirForce civi… https://t.co/t1eC1eRPfb
Twitter
RT @PACAF: #Airmen from PACAF conducted bilateral training with @JASDF_PAO (Koku-Jieitai) to enhance joint deterrence and response capabili…
Twitter
For 40 Airmen, the standard, manual deployment process averages four hours & 15 minutes per Airman from start to fi… https://t.co/Q8clDOwq3g
Twitter
“This team is plugged into AOCs and headquarters staff around the world. They see what works, what doesn’t work, an… https://t.co/546V1KFNvk
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: Check out how the @386thAEW and the Italian National Contingent Command Air/Task Force Air Kuwait leadership came together to…
Twitter
Check out this @NBCNews feature on @NORADCommand's mission in Alaska. NORAD is a United States and Canada bi-nation… https://t.co/R1muE8Tv4z
Twitter
Another week down, another week in outstanding #AirPower around the #AirForce! Which one is your favorite and why?… https://t.co/W1tAnC2mML
Twitter
“I wanted to do something meaningful and something with a higher purpose,” said @MINationalGuard Capt Danielle ‘Dan… https://t.co/2m4ExeXPun
Twitter
Today marks the first day of Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Air Force finds great strength i… https://t.co/buuBBVsmLm
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Farewell, Good Luck & Godspeed! @179AW Airmen depart their home station in a C-130H Hercules en route to the Middle East…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: I host a number of “whiteboard” sessions with leaders & action officers to drive thoughtful dialogue on a topic. Like tho…
Twitter
Check out the recent #AirForce esports podcast on "FYSA: Game on!" This initiative promotes #resilience and… https://t.co/C1dKXAqwrK
Twitter
RT @HollomanAFB: Three #Holloman #Airmen assigned to the 49th Medical Group deployed to Medgar Evers College #vaccination site in Brooklyn,…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,346,310
Follow Us