Chandler Anderson has an interesting dilemma.
Not only is he Tech’s punter, he’s also one of 120 cadets in Detachment 165, the school’s Air Force ROTC program. The Yellow Jackets will play the Falcons in the Independence Bowl.
Are his loyalties divided between his educator and future employer?
He said the detachment’s commander, Lt. Col. Shawn Bevans, tested his loyalties earlier this week.
“I said ‘Sir, I’ll always root for the Air Force,’ ” Anderson said. “… but I’ll be for Tech.”
Anderson will graduate next December and should be commissioned a few days later. His commitment after graduation will depend upon his specialty code. He said it’s possible he could be an officer should Tech play in a bowl in 2011.
Anderson has taken the requisite tests to be a pilot. If he doesn’t receive that assignment, he hopes to land a job in air and space management.
His brother, Cody, is in the Air Force ROTC program at Valdosta State. Anderson said Cody talked him into joining the service. Their grandfather is also a retired Air Force officer.
Bevans said some members of the detachment are considering driving to Shreveport for the game to root on Anderson, Tech and Air Force. Of course, he said they will sit behind the goalposts, so that they will be between both sides.
Either way, he said he can’t lose.
“If Georgia Tech wins, I’m a faculty member and I have to celebrate,” he said. “If Air Force wins, I’m a grad and I can celebrate too.”