Dick Anderegg was born in 1945. He was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC Program at Hobart College in Geneva, New York, on June 11, 1967, and went on active duty beginning July 26, 1967. Lt Anderegg was awarded his pilot wings at Laredo AFB, Texas, in August 1968, and then completed F-4 Phantom II Combat Crew Training in June 1969. He deployed to Vietnam as an F-4 pilot with the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) at Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, in June 1969, and flew 170 combat missions before transferring to the 78th TFS at RAF Woodbridge, England, in May 1970. His next assignment was with the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) at RAF Bentwaters, England, from September 1973 to June 1974, followed by service as an instructor pilot with the 414th Fighter Weapons Squadron (FWS) at Nellis AFB, Nevada, from June 1974 to October 1975. Capt Anderegg served with the 12th TFS at Kadena AB, Okinawa, from November 1975 to September 1976, and then returned to the 414th FWS at Nellis from September 1976 to January 1980. He served a tour at Headquarters U.S. Air Force in the Pentagon from January 1980 to November 1983, and then transitioned to the F-15 Eagle at Luke AFB, Arizona, from November 1983 to March 1984. Col Anderegg next served as Chief of Wing Weapons for the 36th TFW at Bitburg AB, West Germany, from March to December 1984, followed by service as commander of the 525th TFS at Bitburg from December 1984 to August 1986. He was assistant deputy commander for operations of the 325th Tactical Training Wing at Tyndall AFB, Florida, from August 1986 to November 1988, and then served as deputy commander for operations of the 4th TFW at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, from November 1988 to April 1990. Col Anderegg was vice commander of the 3rd TFW at Clark AB in the Philippines from April 1990 to April 1991, and then was commander of the 475th Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall AFB from April 1991 to December 1993. He served as vice commander of the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall from December 1993 to May 1995, and then served as commander of the Air Force ROTC detachment at the University of Pittsburgh from May 1995 until his retirement from the Air Force on August 1, 1997. After his retirement, Dick served as an air and space strategist on Project Checkmate with Headquarters U.S. Air Force from 2001 to 2003, and currently serves as the director of the Air Force History and Museums Policies and Programs.
His 3rd Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads:
First Lieutenant Clarence R. Anderegg distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-4D Pilot over hostile territory on 23 January 1970. On that date, Lieutenant Anderegg flew an extremely hazardous mission in spite of adverse weather conditions and the constant threat of hostile ground fire. Through his personal bravery and energetic application of his knowledge and skill, he superbly accomplished this highly intricate and hazardous mission. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Anderegg reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.