From King Cheerleader to Leader of Geronimo

From King Cheerleader to Leader of Geronimo

Tacoma : WA : USA | May 03, 2011 at 6:59 AM PDT
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Do you know who the man from Tacoma, Washington is who led the secret U.S. military mission that killed America‘s most wanted terrorist?

Eric T. Olson is his name, born and raised in Tacoma, Washington and graduate of Stadium High School. He is the admiral commander who made history on Sunday. His name should be a household name rather than the terrorist, but sadly that is not the case.

It’s backwards when pictures of the victimizer are slapped all over the media. The “bad guy” constantly gets all the media coverage. I say it’s time to highlight some of the heroes. It’s high time we cheered for the king cheerleader. It’s time we wrestled the media to take out the disgusting pictures of the evil and prop up the lead man who took him down. It’s time to meet Eric T. Olson.

According to Q 13 Fox News, May 1, 2011 U.S. Navy Seals’ four-star admiral commander in charge of the U.S. special operations mission was led by Olson.

Marc Blau, former alumnus and friend received a call from Olson three weeks ago asking him to tape the TV show, “Jeopardy.” “I said ‘Jeopardy?”

Olsen said, “Yes, I’m the 400-dollar answer on tonight’s show.”

Lets go there now, do you hear that, the Jeopardy music in the background? Doo, doo, doo…Military for $400.00 please. Okay, for $400.00 He is the highest-ranking Navy Seal to hold the title of four-star admiral. Buzzzz, Who is Eric T. Olson? Correct!

Since Sunday’s achievement, Olson received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and Silver Star to add to his many other awards. “He’s moved up a notch,” his friend Blau said. What was Olson like in high school? Olsen was a fierce competitor in wrestling, and his senior year he was the king cheerleader. It’s evident his leadership abilities set him apart says Blau.

Monday over the loud speaker, Tacoma’s Stadium High School announced to the students and staff the news that a graduate, in 1969, Eric T. Olson made history. Throughout the day the ROTC commander Alan Mandigo says, every period there were three or four cadets who popped in his office and said, “Go Navy! Go Navy Seals.”

Now perhaps we can each turn around and be the king cheerleader for our new hero, “Go Eric T. Olson!”

From US Navy Biographies: Admiral Eric T. Olson is the eighth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. USSOCOM ensures the readiness of joint special operations forces and, as directed, conducts operations worldwide.

A native of Tacoma, Wash., Olson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1973 and qualified as a Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) officer in 1974. He has served operationally in an Underwater Demolition Team, SEAL Team, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team, Special Boat Squadron, and at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He has commanded at every level.

Olson has participated in several conflicts and contingency operations, and has served as a SEAL instructor, strategy and tactics development officer and joint special operations staff officer. His overseas assignments include service as a United Nations military observer in Israel and Egypt, and as Navy Programs officer in Tunisia. He served on the Navy staff as assistant deputy chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy, and Operations).

Olson earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and studied at the Defense Language Institute. He is a Joint Specialty officer and Political-Military Affairs sub-specialist with emphasis on Africa and the Middle East. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal and Silver Star.

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Stephanie Ealy is based in Tacoma, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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