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Lodging Guest Directory Binder - Biography Brig. Gen. Joshua M. Olson





                        United States Air Force




Brig. Gen. Joshua M. Olson is the Commander, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He leads a wing composed of seven groups and 30 squadrons across four bases in Germany, Spain, Belgium and Portugal. The wing's mission is to generate and employ air mobility; to operate and enable air, space and cyberspace power projection platforms; and to forge ready and resilient leaders. The 86th AW conducts U.S. Air Forces in Europe's only airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation flying operations, providing rapid mobility and expeditionary combat support for military operations.

Prior to assuming his current position, General Olson was the executive officer to the Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  He previously commanded at the wing level as the  Commander, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, Kan., the Air Force's largest tanker wing. 

General Olson entered the Air Force in 1997 through the ROTC program as an honors graduate from Michigan Technological University.  His operational assignments and deployments include KC-10 instructor pilot, Travis AFB, Calif.; C-130E/H evaluator pilot, Pope AFB, N.C.; 37th Airlift Squadron Commander, Ramstein AB, Germany; and 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Vice Commander, Southwest Asia.

He is a command pilot with more than 2,900 hours in the T-37B, T-1A, C-130E/H, KC-10A, C-130J, KC-135, and KC-46A.

 Photo of U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Joshua M. Olson.


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