Colonel Maiya Anderson has been named a Permanent Professor and Head of the Physical Education Department at the US Air Force Academy, according to an announcement today from the Air Force Academy. Anderson will lead 85 military and civilian faculty members in the execution and delivery of the physical education curriculum to more than 4,000 cadets. She directs four divisions, including cadet fitness and testing, reconditioning and intramurals in support of the Air Force Academy mission.
“We are thrilled to have Col. Maiya Anderson join our team in athletics and run our physical education department, intramural and physical testing programs,” Knowlton said. “She left an incredible mark on the Academy as a cadet-athlete, instructor and assistant coach previously. I’m really excited to seeing her lead this part of our enterprise as we continue to develop leaders of character for our Air Force and the nation.”
Anderson is a 1997 graduate of the Academy, where she earned a degree in environmental engineering. She went on to receive a master’s degree in bioresource engineering from Oregon State University in 1998 and a Ph.D. in sports management from The Ohio State University in 2012.
Anderson helped the Falcons to a pair of NCAA Division II national championships in swimming in 1995-96 while earning All-American honors 12 times. She was the Academy’s most valuable female athlete her senior year while earning academic all-conference honors. She set school records in three events and earned a NCAA post-graduate scholarship. Since her graduation, she has been active in international competitions, helping the Armed Forces women’s team to the military pentathlon championship in 2002 and 2004. She also competed at the Ironman World Championships in 2001 and 2006 and is a six-time CISM world championship athlete in triathlon and orienteering. She returned to the Academy as an assistant coach from 2005-09 and was named the outstanding educator for the PE department in 2007. Anderson was inducted into the Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015 as an individual and again honored in the class of 2017 when the 1995 and 1996 swimming teams were inducted.
She returned to the Academy in her current capacity after serving as the commander of the 30th Medical Operations Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., from July 2015, where she was responsible for 135 military and civilian employees in the execution of health care to 14,000 beneficiaries. She commanded six flights, including nine outpatient clinics with a $5.8M annual budget in support of the intercontinental ballistic missile, space lift and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions of the 30th Space Wing and Team Vandenberg. She also served as the medical group’s senior biomedical science corps (BSC) officer.
She has served in a variety of other roles in her career, including bioenvironmental engineering flight commander, chief of instruction, executive officer and intercollegiate program manager. Anderson deployed as a bioenvironmental engineer to Southwest Asia and also directly supported contingency operations in Iceland and Ecuador.