CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT CORY M. OLSON

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Chief Master Sgt. Cory M. Olson is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Olson is the senior enlisted leader of a composite wing comprised of air mobility; aeromedical evacuation; close air support; electronic attack; and command and control assets in support of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. He serves as a trusted advisor to the wing commander on matters affecting current and future combat operations, including the health, morale, welfare, discipline, and effective utilization of more than 2,400 Total Force Airmen and civilians assigned across five groups, and various forward operating locations throughout Afghanistan. Chief Olson serves as the senior enlisted Air Force liaison between the wing, joint, and coalition senior enlisted leaders, influencing combined joint policies and procedures at Bagram Airfield and throughout Afghanistan.

Chief Olson entered the Air Force in September 1991. He is a chief enlisted aircrew member with more than 7,500 flying hours as instructor and evaluator loadmaster in the C-141B, C-17A, C-130E/H and various other aircraft. Throughout his career, he has filled numerous roles including loadmaster superintendent, squadron superintendent, group superintendent, major command functional manager and command chief. His assignments include bases in Washington, South Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, Wisconsin and other locations. Chief Olson has taken part in various humanitarian operations and has deployed multiple times in support of contingency and combat operations in Africa, the Balkans, Central and South America, Southwest Asia and the Pacific regions.

EDUCATION
1996 Airman Leadership School, Charleston AFB, SC
2002 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, McGuire AFB, NJ
2003 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Correspondence
2006 Associates Degree in Aviation Operations, Community College of the Air Force
2007 Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Course, Joint Special Operations University
2007 Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management, Thomas Edison College
2008 United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Newport NAS, RI
2008 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, National Defense University
2010 Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
2012 Keystone, National Defense University, Ft Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2012 AFSO21 Executive Leader Seminar, Hurlburt Field, FL
2013 Summit Course, Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), MacDill AFB, FL
2013 USAF Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
2014 USAF Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro
2015 Combined/Joint Force Special Operations Component Commanders Course, JSOU

ASSIGNMENTS
1. January 1992 – May 1995, C-141B Instructor Loadmaster, 8th Airlift Squadron, McChord AFB, WA
2. May 1995 – January 2000, C-17A Flight Examiner Loadmaster, 14th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, SC
3. January 2000 – December 2003, Flight Examiner Loadmaster, Location Data Masked
4. December 2003 - February 2005, Loadmaster Superintendent, Location Data Masked
5. February 2005 – July 2006, Operations Superintendent, Location Data Masked
6. July 2006 – September 2008, Squadron Superintendent, Location Data Masked
7. September 2008 – August 2010, Command Loadmaster Functional Manager, Aircrew Standardization & Evaluation Division, HQ AFSOC/A3VS, Hurlburt Field, FL
8. August 2010 - February 2011, Chief Enlisted Manager, Aircrew Standardization & Evaluation Division, HQ AFSOC/A3V, Hurlburt Field, FL
9. February 2011 – September 2013, Group Superintendent, Location Data Masked
10. September 2013 – November 2014, Command Chief, 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland AFB, NM
11. November 2014 – July 2016, Command Chief, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL
12. July 2016 – June 2017, Squadron Superintendent, 347th Recruiting Squadron, Oak Creek, WI
13. May 2017– present, Command Chief, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster
Joint Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
Gallant Unit Citation
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one device
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one device
Iraq Campaign Medal with one device

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
CMSgt 1 Dec 10

(Current as of May 2017)