Command Sergeant Major Bennie B. Anderson is a native of Roseboro, North Carolina. He graduated high school from Newburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, New York. He entered the United States Army in September 1987 at Fort Knox, Kentucky and completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at 1/81 Armor graduating as an (19E) Armor Crewman in January 1988.
Command Sergeant Major Anderson has served in a variety of duties and leadership positions, such as: Unit Armorer, Tank Gunner, Assistant Section Sergeant, Battalion Ammunition Sergeant, Recruiter, On Production Station Commander, Special Forces Recruiter (SORC) Station Commander (SORB), First Sergeant (SORB), IMT Basic Combat Training Company First Sergeant, Senior Operations NCO, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major and is currently serving as the Command Sergeant Major of the Raleigh Recruiting Battalion “Bulldawgs”. Command Sergeant Major Anderson entered Recruiting Command in June 1996 as a Department of the Army selected recruiter in the Albany Recruiting Battalion.
His earlier assignments include C Co 1/72nd Armor Camp Casey Korea, B Co 2/35th Armor Fort Carson, Colorado, HHC 2/70th Armor Erlangen, Germany, D Co 3/69th Armor Fort Stewart, Georgia, HHC 3/69th Armor Fort Stewart, Georgia, Albany Recruiting Battalion Albany, New York with duty in Springfield, Massachusetts, Springfield Company and Enfield, Connecticut, Hartford Company, Recruiting Support Brigade Fort Knox, Kentucky with duty at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Special Operations Recruiting Company (SORC) Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Special Forces Recruiting Team, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, B Co Special Operations Recruiting Company with duty in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. CSM Anderson was assigned as the First Sergeant for the Battalion’s Forward Operating Detachment in Kuwait (FOD-K) and attached to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was one of four 79Rs selected by USAREC for the TRADOC leadership exchange assignment as a Basic Combat Training Company First Sergeant, assigned to C Co 1/61Infantry Regiment “Road Runners” Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and later selected as First Sergeant for HQ and A Co 1/61 Infantry Battalion. He was then assigned to Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion, as Senior Operations Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, and later First Sergeant Harrisburg Recruiting Company New Cumberland, Pennsylvania and was selected to attend the resident course Sergeant Majors Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. After graduation, he was assigned as Operations Sergeant Major Raleigh Recruiting Battalion.
CSM Anderson is a graduate of various Military Courses to include: Warrior Leader Course, Advance Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Department of the Army First Sergeant Course, USAREC First Sergeant Course, IMT Company Commander and First Sergeant Course, Station Commander Course, Army Recruiter Course, Master Resilience Training Course, Unit Armorer Course, Supply Officers Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Ammunition Handlers Course, HAZMAT Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Unit Victim Advocate Course, Facilitator Course, Guidance Counselor Operations Course, and Lean Six Sigma Training Certification Yellow Belt and is a graduate of Class 65 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. CSM Anderson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies in Business Management from Excelsior College and is currently enrolled in the MBA program in Human Resources Management.
CSM Anderson’s awards and accomplishments include Top New Recruiter Albany Recruiting Battalion, Runner-up Top New Recruiter 1st Recruiting Brigade, Station Commander of the Year Special Operations Recruiting Battalion, and First Sergeant of the Year Special Missions Brigade, and recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award Guidance Counselor Operations Course.
CSM Anderson awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Korean Defense Service Medal, South West Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal with Bronze Star, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numerical device 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numerical device 2, Army Superior Unit Award with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 Sapphire Stars, Driver and Mechanic Badge Wheel and Track Bars, The Recruiter Ring, and the coveted Glen E. Morrel Award for Recruiting Excellence.