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Colonel Charlie Anderson was honored by the Trumbull High boys basketball team as its Veteran of the Game on Jan. 17.

A member of the National Guard, Anderson enlisted with the Connecticut Army National Guard as a Combat Medic in 1987, before being commissioned as an infantry officer through the Officer Candidate School in 1990.

His military assignments include Infantry Rifle Platoon leader, Infantry Executive Officer, Infantry Company Commander, Battalion 53 Operations Officer and 3rd Battalion Executive Officer for the 1-102 Infantry Battalion.

He was Battalion Commander of the 2/169th RGT (Regional Training Institute), the Deputy Commander of the 169th RGT and is currently Commander of the 169th RGT.

Colonel Anderson has been activated three times in the Global War of Terrorism. Twice he has served in support of of Operation Noble Eagle. He also served as Battalion Commander Officer for the 1-102 Infantry during Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) from January, 2006, to April, 2007.

His military awards include the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, a Meritorious Service Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge.

“My wife Gillian Anderson has been a supportive military wife during my time in the National Guard,” Colonel Anderson said. “I would like to recognize the sacrifices made by all military spouses. Gillian is also the Family Readiness Group Leader for the 169th (RGT).”