Brigadier General JOHN M. OLSON

Brig. Gen. John M. Olson is the Mobilization Assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, Headquarters United States Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. The Chief of Space Operations serves as the principal uniformed advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force on Space Force activities and is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. United States Space Force responsibilities include developing Guardians, acquiring military space systems, maturing military space power doctrine and organizing space forces to present to the joint Combatant Commands. Brig. Gen. Olson assists and advises the Chief with responsibility to organize, train and equip active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian space forces conducting innovative, agile, and responsive space and information operations to support, protect, and defend U.S. and allied interests. Brig. Gen. Olson develops strategy, plans, policy and priorities for efficient and effective research, development, testing, operations and sustainment of technologies, capabilities and systems with partners and allies for global leadership in space and related operations. Brig. Gen. Olson also flies as an Airborne Emergency Action Officer conducting strategic deterrence and operations missions aboard the Looking Glass Airborne Nuclear Command Post, supporting the president and National Command Authorities.

Brig. Gen. Olson graduated with military distinction from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992 and received a graduate scholarship to earn a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois. His initial assignment was to the Air Force Advanced Composites Program Office at Sacramento Air Logistics Center, California. While on active duty, he held numerous air, space, acquisition, test, weapons, political-military, intelligence, and technology command, staff, and leadership roles. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and a former European and Eurasian Foreign Area Officer. The general deployed to Southwest Asia, supporting air and space operations for operations Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, New Dawn in Iraq, Odyssey Dawn in Libya and Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. The general transitioned to the Air Force Reserve in 2004 after joining NASA, where he served as a Senior Executive Service civilian leader in several roles for almost a decade. In his civilian capacity, he is a former CEO, Vice President, and General Manager of private and public corporations, following 25 years of federal service culminating as the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Olson served as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 16th Air Force, Air Forces Cyber, and Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas where he helped lead 49,100 Information Warfare Airmen.

EDUCATION
1992 Bachelor of Science, in both Engineering Sciences and Mechanical Engineering, German minor, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1993 Master of Science, Materials Science and Engineering (Advanced Composites), University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
1997 French Language and Russian for Astronauts courses, Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Calif.
1998 U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Flight Test Engineer Course, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
1999 Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Master of Science, Aviation Systems (Avionics and Human Factors), University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2001 Joint Special Operations School, European & Eurasian Foreign Area Officer courses, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2002 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by seminar
2003 Doctorate of Philosophy, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University, Ala.
2005 Harvard Senior Executive Fellows program, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2006 Defense Systems Management College and Program Management Officers course, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2008 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2018 Executive Leadership Program, University of North Carolina, Keenan-Flagler Graduate School of Business, Chapel Hill
2019 National Cybersecurity Policy and Technology Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2019 Systems Acquisition Management Course, Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2019 Continuous Process Improvement for Executives, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2020 Data Science for Data Leadership Executive Course, Washington, D.C.
2021 Emerging Technologies Executive Course, Arlington, Va.
2021 Globalism versus Sovereignty Executive Course, Arlington, Va.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1992–June 1993, Student, U.S. Air Force Academy Graduate School Program and Air Force Institute of Technology Civilian Institutions Program, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
2. June 1993–February 1995, Advanced Composites and Stealth Engineer, Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Engineer and Maintenance Officer, Sacramento Air Logistics Center, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
3. February 1995–May 1996, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Texas
4. May 1996–September 1997, Special Operations Test Director and Flight Test Engineer, Detachment 1, 46th Operations Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
5. September 1997–June 1998, Student, French Language Program and Russian Experimental Course, Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Calif.
6. June 1998–June 1999, Student, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Class 98B, Edwards AFB, Calif.
7. June 1999–July 2001, Chief, Airborne Test Branch and European & Eurasian Foreign Area Officer, Munitions Test Division, 46th Operations Group, 46th Test Wing, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
8. July 2001–January 2002, Director of Test, Weapons Test Flight and European & Eurasian Foreign Area Officer, Munitions Test Division, 46th Operations Group, 46th Test Wing, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
9. January 2002–July 2003, Flight Commander, Special Projects, Air to Air Joint Systems Program Office, 46th Operations Group, 46th Test Wing, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
10. July 2003–June 2004, Chief, Test, Operations, and Programs Division, Space Vehicle Operations Directorate, Detachment 12, Space and Missile Systems Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
11. June 2004–June 2006, Chief, Test and Operations Division, Space Test Program Washington Representative, Detachment 12, Space and Missile Systems Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
12. June 2006–April 2011, Chief, Space Technology and Acquisition, National Security Space Office, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
13. April 2011–April 2012, Space Situational Awareness Program Element Monitor, Space Control and Advanced Technology, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Space Acquisition, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
14. April 2012–May 2012, Deputy Director, Technical Intelligence, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
15. May 2012–August 2016, Director, Joint Reserve, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
16. August 2016–August 2017, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to Air Force Program Executive Officer for Agile Combat Support, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
17. August 2017–January 2019, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Strategic Systems, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
18. January 2019–October 2019, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 24th Air Force; Commander, Air Forces Cyber; and Commander, Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
19. October 2019–June 2021, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 16th Air Force; Commander, Air Forces Cyber; Commander, Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber, and Commander, Service Cryptologic Component, JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
20. June 2020–present, Mobilization Assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, Headquarters United States Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. January 2002–July 2003, Flight Commander, Special Projects, Air to Air Joint Systems Program Office, 46th Operations Group, 46th Test Wing, Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., as a major
2. June 2006–April 2011, Chief, Space Technology and Acquisition, National Security Space Office, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a major and lieutenant colonel
3. June 2011–October 2011, Chief, Diplomatic Clearances Officer, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia, as a lieutenant colonel
4. April 2012–August 2016, Director, Joint Reserve, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a colonel
5. January 2019–June 2021, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 24th and 16th Air Force; Commander Air Forces Cyber; Commander, Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, as a brigadier general
6. September 2020–present, Airborne Emergency Action Officer, Looking Glass Airborne Nuclear Command Post, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a brigadier general

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
NASA Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver and oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
Air Force Longevity Service Award with five oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device
Small Arms Expert Medal (pistol)
Air Force Training Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27, 1992
First Lieutenant May 27, 1994
Captain May 27, 1996
Major Nov. 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 2, 2007
Colonel May 1, 2012
Brigadier General Dec. 12, 2018

(Current as of June 2021)