Anthony C. Aiken Sr., U.S. Army Colonel Retired
Anthony C. Aiken, Sr. is a Distinguished Military Graduate, of the Tuskegee University Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. He was born and attended primary and secondary schools in Charleston, South Carolina.
During his military career, he demonstrated and has been cited for outstanding service while serving in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, all culminating in over 26 years of dynamic leadership in the fields of military sciences, and technical support services to military units all around the world. Due to his selfless commitment and his innovative management initiatives, he was widely regarded as one of the Army’s Premier Military Officers. His varied military assignments have provided him with vast experiences in domestic and international military issues.
He is a Disabled Veteran and became Legally Blind in 2011. In August 2014, he attended Blind Rehab Training at the Southeastern Blind Rehab Center (SBRC), Birmingham VA Medical Center, Birmingham, AL. In March 2015, Colonel Aiken, with the support of his wonderful wife, Brenda, formed “Visually Impaired Veterans of America, Incorporated (VIVA, Inc.). VIVA’s mission is to assist Visually Impaired Veterans requiring funding for transportation to attend Blind Rehabilitation Training; and to purchase personal items at the Medical Center Post Exchange during their inpatient stay at the SBRC.
Prior to his retirement, Colonel Aiken served several years in assignments at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado where he was: Senior Staff Officer, Base Realignment and Closure Office (1996 – 1998); Deputy Director, Medical Readiness Operations, of the previous Central Health Service Support Area, (1994 – 1995); and most notably Commander, U.S. Army Environmental Hygiene Activity – West (1992 – 1994). Throughout his career, Colonel Aiken has demonstrated a personal commitment to officer professional development, and has served as a personal mentor for numerous Army Staff Officers and others in the community
In recognition of his exceptional military service, and technical accomplishments, the military and the U.S. Army have bestowed upon him many awards and honors. Some of the most prestigious awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Award, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, several Army Commendation Service Awards, and others.
Colonel Aiken and his wife of 33 years, Brenda Gayle Rhue, of Boston, MA, have two wonderful young adults, Alleyne Renee, Kindergarten Teacher, and Anthony, Jr., college student in Atlanta, Georgia. Colonel Aiken is a Life Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated; Member, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated; Member, City of Atlanta, Veterans Commission; Member, Birmingham Veterans Administration (VA) Advisory Board; Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2681, Marietta, Georgia; and President, Veterans Ministry, Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Southwest Atlanta, Georgia where the family are members.