Maj Gen RC Andersen CSSA SD SM MMM JCD Final Engagement.
Green Magazine, Salvokop, Pretoria, 25 May 2021.
In a fitting farewell to one of South Africa’s highest-ranking Gunners, Maj Gen en R.C. Andersen fired off his final rounds as a serving Major General.
Members of the Defence Reserve Division, The South African Army Artillery Formation and the Gunners’ Association as well as close friends and most importantly his family, attended the Farewell Shoot for Maj Gen Andersen, co-hosted by the Defence Reserves Division and the SA Army Artillery Formation at the Green Magazine, the HQ of the State Artillery Regiment, in Pretoria.
Fittings tributes were paid to Gen Andersen by the program director Col L.V. Khasapane, the Director Defence Reserves Brig Gen Z. Niyabo-Mana, and The Chief of Staff of the SA Army Artillery Formation, Col A.S. De Jager. The tributes all echoed the outstanding leadership and guidance that they had received from him during the periods they served under his command and during his tenure as General of the Gunners.
In his farewell speech, Maj Gen Andersen reflected on a very illustrious military career spanning 55 years of uninterrupted and loyal service to his Regiment, Defence Force and nation. He pointed out some highlights in his long career and thanked everyone with whom he served. He thanked his wife and family for the perseverance and patience they had displayed during his career.
Maj Gen Andersen received the grateful thanks of his comrades who celebrated his service to the Defence Force.
Refreshments were served in the museum of the State Artillery Regiment.
Curriculum Vitae of Maj Gen R.C. Andersen CSSA SD SM MMM JCD
Roy Cecil Andersen was born in Johannesburg on 12 May 1948 and matriculated from Northview High School in 1965.
He commenced his national service at 4 Field Regiment on 4 January 1966 and after completing his basic military training, he attended a junior leader officers’ course at the School of Artillery, coming third in his class. Thereafter he was transferred to 14 Field Regiment in Bethlehem as an officer.
In September 1966 he was posted to the Transvaal Horse Artillery and passed through the officer ranks coming first on both his captains’ and majors’ courses. He rose to the rank of Commandant (Lieutenant Colonel) in 1976 when he was appointed as Officer Commanding having come first on his unit commanders’ course.
He saw active service in SWA/Angola, including participating in Operation Savannah as regimental 2IC and operating as an Air OP. He later commanded THA in SWA in an infantry role. He was transferred to 7 Division as SSO Artillery in the rank of Colonel in January 1980. He completed the SA Army Modular Senior Command and Staff Duties Course in 1984 and was appointed SSO Operations of 7 Infantry Division.
In 1989 he was transferred to the staff of Chief of the SA Army as Director Army Reserves and was promoted to the rank of Brigadier. Maj Gen Andersen was subsequently promoted to his current rank on 1 October 2003, in the post of Chief Defence Reserves at Defence Head Quarters, a position he held until retirement. He served as Honorary Colonel of the Transvaal Horse Artillery (now Sandfontein Artillery Regiment) for a period of 29 years from 1 March, 1990.
He has been active in military veterans’ affairs having been national chairman of both the Gunners’ Association and the Council of Military Veterans’ organisations and was honoured by the appointment as an honorary life vice-president of both organisations. In his business career, Maj Gen Andersen became a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) in 1972 after studying at the University of the Witwatersrand and a Certified Public Accountant (Texas) in 1974.
Positions he has held include Chairman and Senior Partner of Ernst & Young, President of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and CEO of Liberty Life. He has been a director of SA Breweries, Standard Bank, Aspen Pharmacare and Nampak as well as chairman of Sanlam, Murray & Roberts, Sasfin Holdings and Virgin Active South Africa.
On 4 January 2021, Maj Gen Andersen completed 55 years of service in the Defence Force.
Maj Gen Roy Andersen has been awarded the Commander of the Star of South Africa (CSSA), Southern Cross Decoration (SD) with Bar, Southern Cross Medal (SM), Military Merit Medal (MMM), Pro Patria Medal with the Cunene Clasp, General Service Medal, Unitas Medal, Mandela Commemoration Medal in Silver, 50 years’ Service Medal, Medalje vir Troue Diens with 40 years Bar, John Chard Decoration (JCD) with 30 years Clasp and the John Chard Medal.