FARGO, N.D. — Master Sgt. Daniel Anderson, of Audubon, Minnesota, received the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Goddard Medal March 7 for his exemplary work in electrical power production career field. He was presented the award during the North Dakota Air National Guard’s annual Outstanding Airmen of the Year banquet at the Courtyard by Marriot in Moorhead, Minnesota. Anderson is a member of the Fargo-based 119th Civil Engineer Squadron, 119th Wing.
According to the SAME website, the Goddard Medal is presented to U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserve Airmen for outstanding contributions to military engineering, including military troop construction, base maintenance and contingency engineering. The medal first was awarded in 1973 and is named for Maj. Gen. Guy H. Goddard, who served as the director of civil engineering for the U.S. Air Force and also an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II.
Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, formally presented Anderson the award.
As an instructor at the 119th Regional Training Site (RTS) in Fargo, Anderson earned the Goddard Medal for his role as cost center manager, primary equipment manager and the lead contingency training instructor for the electrical power production career field. In 2014, he developed and conducted the first-ever Bear Power Unit (BPU) Mission Essential Equipment Training Course for the U.S. Air Force. The BPU is a technological leap from the traditional generators previously used to power a Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources base, more commonly known as a “tent city.” These facilities are used to house deployed service members and aircraft in locations where little or no infrastructure exists.
Anderson first was selected by the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Expeditionary Training Working Group in 2012 to be the instructor of a pilot unit in the electrical power production career field at the RTS. The Fargo pilot unit was selected for developing training on the new BPU high-power generator, which Anderson helped develop and implement. Anderson also travels to numerous contingency training sites to help implement, standardize and refine training.
In a memo to SAME nominating Anderson for the award, Col. Kent Olson, 119th Wing commander, wrote, “Master Sgt. Anderson is arguably the recognized expert in the power production career field in the Air Force. Since becoming the training instructor at the 119th Regional Training Site, he has become known across the nation as the go-to guy for power production. As the wing commander, I can attest to the high standards of character, integrity and quality of work to which Dan holds himself. He directly and intimately influences Active, Guard and Reserve ability to support missions worldwide.”
Anderson has been a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Civil Engineer Squadron since April 1993. He is the son of retired Chief Master Sgt. Donald G. Anderson, also of the 119th Wing, and the late Joyce Anderson, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He resides in Audubon with his wife, Kristy; son, Carter; and daughter, Camryn.
Anderson works full-time at the North Dakota Air National Guard’s Regional Training Site, which is one of five contingency training locations in the U.S. used by Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force personnel in the civil engineer career fields. Instructors at the site provide wartime mission training, as well as proficiency training on construction practices, utility support, emergency services, maintenance and repair of base infrastructure.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 4,200 Soldiers and nearly 2,600 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. About 70 percent of all members serving today have joined since that time. Currently, nearly 60 North Dakota Guardsmen are mobilized for overseas and domestic service. With a total force of about 4,400 Guardsmen, the North Dakota National Guard remains ready for stateside response and national defense. For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.
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