TAPS Names U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson to Board of Directors

Experienced Army Leader, West Point Graduate Brings Unparalleled Global Experience and Expertise to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has named Joe Anderson to the organization’s board of directors. Anderson is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general who held many leadership roles throughout his military career, including most recently Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of the Army, where he was responsible for supporting all operations involving more than 180,000 soldiers deployed in 140 countries as well as all emergency operations in the U.S., including relief efforts for disasters such as Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Florence.

Previously in his career, Anderson served as Commanding General of XVIII Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, N.C. and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was responsible for four combat divisions including more than 275,000 men and women on multiple military bases with units engaged in combat in Afghanistan. In his position, he served as the effective mayor of Fort Bragg, the largest U.S. military post in the world, measuring 250 square miles in area with a combined civilian/military population of more than 80,000 and all the municipal services of a functioning city.

Anderson was also Commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, a coalition of 48 nations. In his final position with the U.S. Department of the Army, he was responsible for Army training, leadership development, education policy, mobilization and staff preparedness, overseeing a budget of $23.2 billion.

“TAPS is honored to have Lt. Gen. Joe Anderson join our board of directors, bringing with him extensive experience and expertise in providing care for all those who have suffered a loss in our military, including soldiers and survivors,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder and 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. “A longtime friend of TAPS, Lt. Gen. Anderson has participated in TAPS programs and guided development of critical services. We are honored to have him join our board of directors, continuing his service to the surviving families of our nation’s fallen.”

Now retired from the military, Anderson is married and has two adult sons, one of whom is currently serving in the Army.

“As a Senior Commander at multiple Army installations, I would not have succeeded without the help of TAPS,” Anderson said. “TAPS was always there to provide our Gold Star families with their expertise, care and compassion. Serving on the TAPS Board of Directors is both an honor and a privilege and a way for me to give back to the organization after receiving such great support for many years.”

Anderson is the most recently appointed member of the TAPS Board of Directors, which also includes: John Wood, CEO and Chairman of Telos Corporation; Deborah Mullen, spouse of retired Admiral Mike Mullen and staunch advocate for military families; Lt. Col. Scott Rutter (ret.), Founder/President of the Valor Network, Inc.; Kenneth Asbury, President and CEO of CACI International, Inc.; Stephen Cannon, CEO of AMB Group, LLC; Miles Cortez, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Aimco; Gen. Martin Dempsey (ret.), 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and current Chairman of USA Basketball; Mark Grier, Vice Chairman at Prudential Financial; M.L. “Buzz” Hefti, USMC (ret.), career Marine Corps artillery officer and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs; Bradley Jacobs, adjunct professor at Rollins College and former Senior Vice President of Finance for BAE Systems, Inc.; George Krivo, CEO of DynCorp International; Carl Liebert III, CEO of AutoNation, Inc.; Edward McNally, partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and former United States Attorney; and Lewis Von Thaer, President and CEO of Battelle.

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The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to more than 85,000 survivors of fallen military in the form of peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).