Thomas R. Olsen

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Thomas R. Olsen
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Born(1934-06-28)June 28, 1934
Houston, Texas
Died January 5, 2014(2014-01-05) (aged 79)
Sumter, South Carolina
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Rank Major General
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards

Thomas R. Olsen (June 28, 1934 January 5, 2014) was a Major General in the United States Air Force.

In the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, and United States Air Force, major general is a two-star general-officer rank, with the pay grade of O-8. Major general ranks above brigadier general and below lieutenant general. A major general typically commands division-sized units of 10,000 to 15,000 soldiers. Major general is equivalent to the two-star rank of rear admiral in the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, and is the highest-permanent rank during peacetime in the uniformed-services. Higher ranks are technically-temporary ranks linked to specific positions, although virtually-all officers promoted to those ranks are approved to retire at their highest earned rank.

United States Air Force Air and space warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces

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Biography

Olsen was born in Houston, Texas in 1934. [1] He died on January 5, 2014 at the age of 79. [2] [3]

Career

Olsen completed Squadron Officer School in 1964, Naval Command and Staff College in 1968, and Air War College in 1975. Olsen, from June 1983 to July 1985 was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, as deputy director for operations. He then served as assistant chief of staff for operations, Allied Forces Central Europe, Brunssum, Netherlands. In October 1987 he became chief of staff and deputy commander, 4th Allied Tactical Air Force, Heidelberg, West Germany. His retirement was effective as of November 1, 1991.

Awards he received include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal.

Defense Superior Service Medal military decoration of the United States Armed Forces

The Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM) is a senior American military decoration of the Department of Defense, awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who perform "superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility".

Legion of Merit military award of the United States Armed Forces

The Legion of Merit (LOM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The decoration is issued to members of the seven uniformed services of the United States as well as to military and political figures of foreign governments.

Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) military decoration awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces

The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military decoration awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight, subsequent to November 11, 1918."

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