Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael A. Anderson assumed responsibility as the Quartermaster Corps regimental chief warrant officer during a ceremony Friday at the 1st Logistical Command War Memorial.
Anderson succeeds Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael E. Toter who retired after 30 years of service to the nation.
Brig. Gen. Mark A. Bellini, Quartermaster Center and School commanding general, said that Toter has always been sought after for advice and he has served as a role model.
“(Toter) has always been relied upon for expertise,” Bellini said. “And it is fitting that we retire (Toter) in the home of the Quartermaster Corps and in the shadow of Mifflin Hall. You have made a positive difference in many people; you may never know of the people who have learned from you, but the rest of the world knows.”
Toter said the past 30 years have not been a sacrifice to him.
“The Army has given me much more than I could ever ask,” Toter said. “The Army has given me skill sets to go forward, and the means to continue serving my country. I’m excited about my future and I have the Army to thank for preparing me.”
Bellini also welcomed the new regimental chief warrant officer who comes from the Logistics Training Directorate at Fort Lee.
“We are very confident in what you’re going to do. You’ve already done much for our corps and our Army, and we are happy that you’ve accepted this very challenging mission,” Bellini said.
Anderson thanked Toter for the three decades of service he committed to the nation and the Army. He also encouraged the audience members to remember the Soldiers who face danger every day in Iraq whenever “the going gets tough.”
“That is who we serve. We are here solely to serve those warriors. It kind of helps me get through my day, and I hope it helps you,” Anderson said.
“Our mission is provide Army leaders, commanders and units with relevant and effective warriors. I’m excited with the opportunity to work with the warrant officer team, to ensure the commander always has a relevant warrant officer in the fight.”
Anderson has served in a variety of assignments since he was appointed as a warrant officer at Fort Lee.
He served as an accountable officer with the 1st Maintenance Battalion in Germany; 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, La.; and a general supply officer at Camp Doha, Kuwait. He also served in Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia; Training with Industry (Sears), Stockage Determination Change Agent, Velocity Management Team and 3rd Corps Support Command.
Anderson has also deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He has completed every level of the Warrant Officer Education System. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and a master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology. Anderson is a certified professional logistician and a professional logistics management certificate recipient from Georgia Tech.
Anderson and his wife Monita reside in Chesterfield. They have two children.