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Retired colonel to discuss book on Iraq war at TWU


DENTON — Kim Olson, a retired United States Air Force colonel sent to help rebuild Iraq in April 2003, will talk about her experiences and sign copies of her book, “Iraq and Back: Inside the War to Win the Peace” Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Texas Woman’s University. The lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Blagg-Huey Library on TWU’s Denton campus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dawn Letson at (940) 898-3754.

The lecture and book signing are presented by the TWU Libraries Woman’s Collection.

Soon after declaring an end to major combat operations in Iraq, President George W. Bush sent retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner to help rebuild the country. As Lt. Gen. Garner’s executive officer, Col. Olson was part of the senior leadership charged with rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure, providing humanitarian assistance and lay the foundation for a democratic government. In her book, Col. Olson recounts how the political, military and economic wheels ground to a halt after only a few weeks.

Col. Olson was part of the U.S. Air Force’s first generation of female pilots in 1979 and became a command pilot with 3,700 hours of flying time in six aircraft. She commanded the 96th Air Refueling Squadron in Spokane, Wash., and led her squadron through a 60-day deployment to a combat zone in Saudi Arabia. The squadron earned an “Outstanding” rating on the Operational Readiness Inspection, a first in the wing’s history. During the Kosovo campaign, she deployed to the Combined Air Operations Center as chief tanker director for the largest refueling operation since Desert Storm, guaranteeing the safe execution of the largest bombing campaign since World War II.

She also has served in several positions in the Pentagon.

Col. Olson has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service, Commendation and Achievement medals, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu

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