Maj Gen Andersen’s Shots from the Commanding Heights.
In an occasion filled with Artillery and Gunners’ symbolism, the Code of Conduct for Uniformed members of the South African National Defence Force was read out by Artillery Mobilisation Regiment Potchefstroom’s Chief Personnel Clerk Warrant Officer Class 2 E.E. Erasmus before the Office of the Chaplain General’s Senior Staff Officer Reserves, Colonel (Reverend) M.P.K. Masemola conducted the Scripture reading and prayer, drawing from 2 Timothy 4: 7-8, emphasising the verse “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” Thanking Major General Andersen, he prayed that “… his glittering example can therefore continue to guide this organisation for decades to come.”
The Chief of Staff of the South African Army Artillery Formation, Colonel A.S. de Jager, talked straight “… to express the South African Army Artillery Formation’s deepest thanks, for your excellent service to the guns and the Gunners throughout your career.” He went on to say that “As Gunners, we will continue to support you General, and to follow your lead and example that you set for us.” With the window of opportunity available at this farewell event, Colonel de Jager shared with the guests the manner in which the South African Artillery recognised outstanding service and duty through different forms of recognition, most notably the Master Gunner award. He explained that the South African Artillery Corps Council, still under the chair of the late Brigadier General K. Makina, had considered the citation which was written for Major General Andersen to be awarded the Master Gunner award. “Without argument, General, the Corps Council has awarded you with the Master Gunner award for your contributions made to the Artillery throughout your career, and have complied with all the requirements that are set to be awarded the honour of Master Gunner.” This badge was duly pinned onto Major General Andersen’s uniform for all to see.
The Programme Director, Colonel Khasapane thanked all for their contributions on the day, and assured all that in his assessment the day did not disappoint. He summed up the undercurrent felt by all at the event, that “Indeed it has been a great honour and privilege for many of us to have served with you, under your command and leadership, and to have learned what we have learned out of the example of your life.” The Reserves wish Major General, and Gunner Andersen, everything of the best in his future endeavours… climbing to new commanding heights.