Colonel Stephen G. Anderson is the Commander, 31st Mission Support Group, Aviano Air Base, Italy. He commands nearly 2,300 total force personnel across seven squadrons and two detachments, providing critical base and combat support functions to include engineering, fire and emergency management, communications, contracting, logistical planning, transportation, quality of life programs, and security for a total base population of 10,000. Included are six squadrons assigned to Aviano and three Geographically Separated Units, including units at Larissa AB, Greece, Papa Air Base, Hungary, and Naval Station Sigonella, Italy with an infrastructure portfolio valued at over $4 billion in support of the 31st Fighter Wing’s eight operational squadrons.

Colonel Anderson entered the Air Force in 2001, receiving his commission from the Officer Training School. He is a career Force Support Officer and has served in a variety of positions at Wing, Major Command, Forward Operating Agency, Air Staff, and Combatant Command levels. He commanded the 355th Force Support Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ. Additionally, Colonel Anderson served a career broadening tour as an instructor at the Air Force Officer Training School in Montgomery, AL.

Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Anderson was the Chief, USAF Selection Board Secretariat, Air Force Personnel Center at Joint-Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

2001: Bachelors of Arts in History, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Wise, VA
2007: Squadron Officer School, Air University, Montgomery, AL
2010: Masters of Arts, Organization Management, Southwest University, Kenner, LA
2013: Master of Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Montgomery, AL
2020: Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, Dwight D. Eisenhower School, Ft. Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  1. October 2001 – December 2002, Chief, Relocations & Employment, 341st Mission Support Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, MT
  2. December 2002 – August 2004, Section Commander, 741st Security Forces Squadron and then 341st Missile Security Forces Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, MT
  3. August 2004 – July 2008, Flight Commander/Instructor, Evaluator and Executive Officer to the Commander, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  4. July 2008 – May 2011, Chief of Senior Leader Development, Chief of Colonel Matters and Assistant Chief of Senior Leader Management, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA
  5. May 2011 – August 2012, Operations Officer, 633d Force Support Squadron, Joint Base Langley- Eustis, VA
  6. August 2012 – June 2013, IDE Student, Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  7. June 2013 – March 2015, Chief, Colonel Force Support Assignments, Air Force Colonel’s Management Office, Pentagon, VA
  8. March 2015 – July 2017, Commander, 355th Force Support Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
  9. July 2017 – March 2018, Chief, Support Airmen Career Management Branch, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX
  10. March 2018 – July 2019, Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force (and later Acting Secretary of the Air Force), Pentagon, VA
  11. August 2019 – July 2020, SDE Student, The Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, DC
  12. July 2020 – June 2022, Chief, Joint Strength Management, HQ U.S. Special Operations Command, Directorate of Personnel (J1), MacDill AFB, FL
  13. July 2022 – June 2023, Chief, USAF Selection Board Secretariat, HQ Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX
  14. July 2023 – Present, Commander, 31st Mission Support Group, Aviano Air Base, Italy
Defense Superior Service Award
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster Air Force Commendation Medal
Meritorious Unit Award Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
(Current as July 2023)