Degrees and Certifications:
AA - German (2002) Defense Language Institute BA - Journalism (1984) University of South Carolina MA - Theatre Arts (1992) University of North Dakota MEd - Teaching & Learning (2021) Francis Marion University Air Force Junior ROTC Certified - 2008 AFJROTC Outstanding Instructor Award - 2012 Distinguished Unit Awards: South Pointe HS - 2008/09 thru 2013-14 SY West Florence HS - 2018/19 thru 2021-22 SY
Major Walter "Rhett" Anderson, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
I was born in Chicago, Illinois and, as an Army "Brat," I lived in--and traveled to--a number of different places in the U.S. and overseas. I initially attended Spring Valley HS in Columbia but transferred to Lower Richland HS for my Senior year and graduated in 1980.
While at the University of South Carolina, I was very involved in college life: a "Walk-on” football player the same year George Rogers won the Heisman Trophy, joined a social fraternity of which I was later elected Chapter President, a member of Air Force ROTC Detachment 775 where I was awarded a 2-year Scholarship and, in May 1984--all culminating in my being commissioned an Air Force 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation.
My next 24 years found me deeply engaged as a Nuclear Missile officer and, among my varied jobs in the Air Force, I spent about half of my military career as an Instructor or in teaching-related roles. While stationed in Nebraska, I met a Junior ROTC Instructor and his cadets working a Community Service project. Needless to say, that profound "meeting" sealed my decision to pursue JROTC as a post-military career. After my last tour of military duty, an exciting role as an Exchange Officer with the German Air Force, I followed my "Dream" to become a JROTC instructor.
I began my Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor career at South Pointe HS where I enjoyed 6 highly successful years before opting for the same position at Zebulon B. Vance HS in Charlotte, NC. After two years in "CMS," I took a break from teaching by entering the corporate realm as a Customer Service & Sales Representative where I had the #1 customer retention rate among my peers.
In 2017, Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC contacted me about returning to teaching and I chose West Florence HS over several other schools in the Carolinas--and WEST has been a fabulous fit for me. It is an honor and privilege to "serve" the cadets of SC-022, our school and Florence community--am deeply proud to be a member of the KNIGHT Faculty "Team!"
Besides teaching/coaching, my other passion is motorcycles. I'm also delighted to be the "Voice" of the Knight Football team on Friday nights in the Fall.
Questions? Concerns? Praise? Please don't hesitate to contact me!