Staff Sergeant Tyler Anderson, US Army

DSC00577Tyler Anderson was born and raised in Grundy County, Tennessee. Following high school, he completed boot camp at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2006. Once having become an airborne infantryman, he deployed to Afghanistan twice and served as a rifleman, sniper, grenadier, machine gunner, team leader, and squad leader. During his first deployment, Tyler re-enlisted for an additional three years.

While conducting combat operations on April 8, 2010, Tyler stepped on an anti-personnel improvised explosive device (IED) that was attached to a five gallon jug of homemade explosives. As a result of the detonation, he lost his left leg and left index finger. Following medical evacuation, he underwent several months of recovery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he learned how to use a prosthetic leg.

In the fall of 2014, Tyler graduated with his B.A. in Integrated Studies with a focus in Business and Spanish from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He was employed full-time as an intelligence analyst with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) while going to school, and his goal is to attend the Special Agent Academy and to pursue a career as a special agent with the DEA. While he was in the Sentinels of Freedom Program, Tyler started a non-profit organization, Flags of Honor, with fellow Sentinels Justin Avila and Michael Hill. Flags of Honor sets up residential flag displays to honor and thank Veterans for their service. Tyler finds the work very rewarding – he is passionate about giving back to the Veteran community.

Currently, Tyler lives in the greater Nashville area with his wife, Janine, and works as a SWAT Officer at the Mount Juliet Police Department. He lives an active lifestyle and regularly partakes in activities such as scuba diving, wakeboarding, CrossFit, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu – his favorite. He continues to be in very good spirits and enjoys his life to the fullest, not letting his disabilities get the best of him.

“I am not sure words can fully express the gratification I have for SOF. The first thought that comes to mind is security: like a good battle buddy, I always know SOF has my back. This allows me to hold nothing back when attacking my goals whether in work, home life, or even hobbies that I have. SOF gives me a giant edge on my competition.”