On 11 December 1995, I received my Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and was also commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force at Auburn University. A recipient of both an Auburn Presidential Scholarship and an Air Force 4-Year Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship, my Auburn experience can be summed up as grasping opportunity.

After commissioning, I entered the Air Force in January 1996, and the experiences coupled with amazing people have created some of my fondest memories. As an Air Force Civil Engineer Officer, I have served at various locations throughout the United States, to include tours of duty in South Korea, Germany and Japan. I have also deployed to Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.

 

Tanya Anderson '95
Tanya Anderson '95

Looking back over my 21+ years in the Air Force thus far, my greatest honor has been leading some of the world’s finest men and women! As an added bonus, my initiation into the Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated at Auburn University has resulted in access to sisterhood at every duty location. Furthermore, regardless to where the military has sent me, Auburn graduates have always been present, making significant impacts.

As expressed in the Auburn Creed, I believe in work, hard work and a spirit that is not afraid. My Auburn experience served as the launching point for what has been an unimaginable military career and fulfilling life. The engineering knowledge, social skills, leadership opportunities and general life lessons from Auburn thoroughly prepared me for life after college. I am humbled for having had the opportunity, and will forever be grateful for my Auburn experience.

War Eagle!