Chief Master Sergeant Cory M. Olson is the Command Chief Master Sergeant of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. The command is a major command of the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force component to U.S. Special Operations Command. The command has approximately 20,800 Total Force Airmen across 10 operational wings and two special operations groups. Chief Olson advises the commander on the readiness, training, education, and resiliency of the enlisted force. He has held leadership positions at the squadron, group, wing, major command and Combatant Command levels.
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. 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.
1996 Airman Leadership School, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
2002 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
2003 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, by correspondence
2006 Associates Degree in Aviation Operations, Community College of the Air Force
2007 Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Course, Joint Special Operations University (JSOU)
2007 Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management, Thomas Edison College
2008 United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Newport NAS, R.I.
2008 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, National Defense University
2010 Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Keystone, National Defense University, Ft Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2012 AFSO21 Executive Leader Seminar, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2013 Summit Course, JSOU, MacDill AFB, Fla.
2013 USAF Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
2014 USAF Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
2015 Combined/Joint Force Special Operations Component Commanders Course, JSOU
1. January 1992-May1995, C-141B Instructor Loadmaster, 8th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
2. May 1995-January 2000, C-17A Flight Examiner Loadmaster, 14th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
3. January 2000-December 2003, Flight Examiner Loadmaster, Location Data Masked
4. December 2003-February2005, 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, Headquarters AFSOC/A3VS, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
8. August 2010-February 2011, Chief Enlisted Manager, Aircrew Standardization & Evaluation Division, Headquarters AFSOC/A3V, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
9. February 2011-September 2013, Group Superintendent, Location Data Masked
10. September 2013-November 2014, Command Chief, 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
11. November 2014-July2016,Command Chief, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
12. July 2016-May 2017, Squadron Superintendent, 347th Recruiting Squadron, Oak Creek, Wis.
13. May 2017-June 2018, Command Chief, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
14. July 2018-June 2019, Headquarters USSOCOM Superintendent/AF Element Senior Enlisted Leader, MacDill AFB, Fla.
15. June 2019-present, Command Chief, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
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 two devices
Iraq Campaign Medal with one device
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant Dec. 1, 2010
(Current as of June 2019)