CMSgt (Ret) Martin F. Anderson
The son of a carpenter and a grade-school teacher, Martin grew up in Georgetown, KY, and graduated from Georgetown College in 1969,
Anderson served in the United States Air Force from May 1969 to April 1973. While on active duty, he was stationed at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida; Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; and Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. During the Vietnam War, Chief Anderson served at Nakhon Phanom Republic of Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand, from September 1971 to September 1972.
Anderson served in the Kentucky Air National Guard from February 1978 to July 1998, retiring on 1 August 1998. He served in a number of leadership capacities during his career in the Kentucky Air National Guard, including three years as a squadron first sergeant. His last duty assignment was as the Kentucky Air National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA) from April 1992 to March 1997. Chief Anderson was awarded the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal upon his retirement.
Martin loved to serve people, so he took a career in public service beginning in 1977, holding an array of positions across several departments and cabinets in local and state government in Kentucky over his 36-year tenure, his longest stint being under what is now called the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, where he was the chief investigative officer. He was also a man of deep Christian faith and a founding member of St. Peter's Anglican Church in Frankfort, KY.
Anderson was one of the founding members of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund and served on the board until his death in 2013.