Captain Robert Scott Anderson is a native of Oklahoma. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1974, and in 1979 was awarded a Fleet Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps, or NROTC, scholarship. Capt. Anderson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1982, earning a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and commission as an Ensign through the university's NROTC program.
A Surface Warfare Officer, Capt. Anderson commanded the USS Peterson (DD 969) and has previously served on USS Plunger (SSN 595) as a Radioman Second Class, USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) as the Main Propulsion Assistant, USS Flately (FFG 21) as the Engineer Officer and USS Laboon (DDG58) as the Commissioning Executive Officer.
Capt. Anderson's duties ashore include service on the Atlantic Fleet Propulsion Examining Board. He has attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his master's degree in Manpower Analysis. Additionally, he has served as the Executive Assistant to the Director, Plans and Policy Directorate, United States Strategic Command and as a staff officer, Warfare Requirements Directorate, Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Prior to assuming command of Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Two, Capt. Anderson was the Chief of Staff, Board of Inspection and Survey.
Capt. Anderson's decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, Good Conduct Medal, as well as various campaign and service ribbons.