Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 2012 SPOTLIGHT US Family Health Plan: On Retirement What did you do in the days and weeks afterward? MAJOR ANDERSEN: I operated a Hockey Camp called Boot Camp Hockey. It was a unique camp that had a staff of Marines and a staff of professional hockey players. I even had Pat LaFontaine work with me (Hall of Fame Player) and Geoff Smith, a former Stanley Cup winner. The camp was billed as a Leadership and Character Devel- opment camp where – oh by the way – you learned how to play hockey. We wanted to teach about life. We ran it out of the Olympic training Center in Lake Placid, NY, Morrisville, NY, and Boston. From here, it turned into a consulting job where hockey teams from Junior Teams to Professional Teams would hire me to come in and give week-long leadership classes tying in hockey and the Marine Corps. The players, coaches, and owners loved it as it was something they never heard before and with them loving the military and veterans it simply captured their interest and they learned without knowing they were developing as a leader. Did you work or go back to school? MAJOR ANDERSEN: I eventually went back to work where I was hired by the Defense Contract Management Agency where I set up a Recruiting Department. I worked there for about 5-years and then was recruited to come help stand up another recruiting program at the Office of the Comptrol- ler of the Currency under the Dept. of Treasury here is NYC on Madison Ave. I currently run the recruiting program for the Northeastern District which is from Maine to SC and up around WV, PA, and up to Canada. How was the transition from the military to civilian world for you? MAJOR ANDERSEN: The transition for me was very easy as I worked in NYC running the Public Affairs Office for about 6 years. My job was to represent the Marine Corps nationally where I made many appearances on the morning show circuit. I also was responsible for projecting the Marine Corps name in any way I could. I teamed with the David Let- terman Show, Good Morning America, and the FOX Morning Show where I became a mainstay with my teammates, Gun- nery Sergeants Alex Kitsakos, Tim McGough, and John Jami- son. We definitely made our service known as we created many events to push our service forward. We created the Ground Zero Run, the laying of the a wreath at Ground Zero, Marine Day in Times Square, Marine Day in Central Park, the Marine Corps Birthday Central Park run. Unfortunately, many of these have dropped off, but my mission was being out there, relating to the public, and not in the office. How does your current career relate to your military service? MAJOR ANDERSEN: This is also a service to my country. My job is to bring in good talent who will serve their fellow American by protecting our national banking system. It is a very professional organization that I honestly never knew existed. I look for finance, accounting, and econ students to join our Agency to pursue careers as National Bank Examiners. How did your service and experiences affect your life? MAJOR ANDERSEN: The Marine Corps certainly shaped my life, but I made sure it did not define me. I am the person that my parents developed. The Marine Corps certainly gave me practice, but I am me. That is probably why I did not have a hard time transitioning. What do you miss most about your about serving? MAJOR ANDERSEN: I certainly miss the brotherhood and the excitement of doing things that not many other people get to do. What do you like doing outside of work? Hobbies, interest. MAJOR ANDERSEN: I developed a non-profit called Head- space & Timing (www.headspaceandtiming.org). This is a music based organization that is formed to help Veterans learn music and maybe give them an outlet or even help them through difficult times. We are still in our infancy, but continue to build and want to work on eventually getting outside NYC. The idea is to teach individuals, get them to gather with like-minded people, possibly team with national groups where they could see them perform free around the Coun- try, and eventually perform with a group of these “stars” as a fundraiser. I was fortunate enough to perform with Roger Waters and a group of Vets at Madison Square Garden and it gave me the idea to build this backwards and start with individuals that would like to do the same thing. This issue US Family Health Plan interviews Major David Andersen USMC (Ret.) who proudly served as a Field Artillery and Public Affairs Officer for 21 years and retired in 2007 ✪ COMMUNITY Major David Andersen USMC (Ret.) with his sons, Zack and Nicolas.