USS SIMPSON


CDR Kenneth Anderson Command Officer's Biography Photo
Commanding Officer

Commander Anderson enlisted in the Navy in August 1990. After completing the nuclear power pipeline, he served as a Machinist Mate onboard the USS BLUEFISH (SSN-675), homeported initially in Charleston, SC then Pearl Harbor, HI. Selected for the Seaman to Admiral program, he completed Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida in June 1996, then attended Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island.

In February 1997 he reported aboard USS SCOTT (DDG-995) where he served as Damage Control Assistant and the decommissioning Chief Engineer. During his tour, SCOTT changed homeports from Norfolk, VA to Mayport, FL. In February 1999 he reported aboard USS HUE CITY (CG-66) in Mayport, FL as the Fire Control Officer.

In August 2000, CDR Anderson attended the University of North Florida, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2003 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting.

Upon completing Department Head School, he reported in May 2004 to USS ROOSEVELT (DDG-80) in Mayport, FL, where he served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer. During this tour he was recognized as the 2007 Atlantic Fleet Tactician of the Year.

CDR Anderson reported to USS SIMPSON (FFG 56) as Executive Officer in November 2012 and assumed command on 4 April 2014.

Ashore he served as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Legislative Affairs from 2007 -2009, then as the Deputy Division Chief for the Resource and Acquisition Management Office and Military Secretariat in the J-8 Directorate of the Joint Staff from 2009-2012.

He has deployed to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Western Pacific, and Arabian Gulf, and has been fortunate to have been a part of crews that have earned the Battle Efficiency Award during every afloat tour.

Commander Anderson's awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (7 awards), and various campaign and unit awards.