Admiral Eric Olson
Sunday, October 19
6:08 – 6:40 PM
Eric Olson served as the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) from 2007–2011. During his tenure as America’s top special operations ocer, he was responsible for recruiting, training, equipping, and deploying broadly capable forces worldwide. Olson is often described as one of this century’s great military leaders and credited with developing the specialized forces that have accomplished some of the most notable military operations of the last decade. His personal operational experiences were diverse, marked by valor and strong leadership. Olson is also known as a visionary and action-oriented leader who stayed connected with his forces at all levels.
Olson’s actions as a Navy SEAL have been of national importance and utmost secrecy; many details of his operations are still classied. His career has included major, historic geopolitical events, and he was key to the successes of special operations forces in our recent conicts.
Olson served in operational and leadership roles in which he developed many new tactics, techniques, and technologies. In addition to leading USSOCOM, Olson was commander of a counter-terrorism unit and later the Naval Special Warfare Command. Olson has also been awarded myriad military awards, and he has been recognized for his service by several civilian organizations and three foreign governments.