U.S. Navy Commander Troy Anderson, a Troup High School graduate, came back for a visit to the school in style Friday, landing his helicopter on the school’s football practice field and posing for pictures with students, staff and LaGrange Mayor Jeff Lukken and Lukken’s father, Walt.
Students enrolled in the school’s ROTC program and baseball team members greeted Anderson, who is stationed in Jacksonville, Fla. Commander Anderson is a 1988 graduate of Troup High School and a 1993 graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering.
He graduated from Rotary Wing Training in May 1996. Commander Anderson is currently commander of HSL-42, a unit comprised of 350 personnel, 12 SH-60B helicopters and 4 MQ-8B drones. Commander Anderson’s wife, Tina Crowe, is a former resident of LaGrange and his parents, Bill and Jane Anderson still live here.
The baseball team honored Anderson and all veterans by wearing camouflage jerseys at the game Friday afternoon and Anderson threw the first pitch.