Training Support Center (TSC), Great Lakes, honored Navy Military Training Instructor MM1 (SW/EXW) Joshua S. Olson as its 2014 Instructor of the Quarter (IOQ) for the first quarter on March 3.
“I came to Great Lakes to be an instructor, so, to be chosen as the Instructor of the Quarter, it lets me know that I’m doing what I came to do, well,” said Olson.
Olson, a native of Canton, S.D., joined the Navy in August 2004. He was stationed for four years on the USS Lake Erie (CG-70), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Olson then spent three years as a combat support technician and boat mechanic at SEAL Delivery Team One, Pearl Harbor.
In 2012, Olson came to TSC where he was an instructor at Student Indoctrination and taught personal financial management and naval military training during the students’ first week of indoctrination.
Currently, Olson is serving Temporary Additional Duty and as in instructor at Machinist’s Mate “A” School at Surface Warfare Officer School Command Unit (SWOSU), Great Lakes.
“Never one to bypass a challenge, Olson volunteered to go TAD to SWOSCU to assist in reducing the backlog of students awaiting instruction by providing technical training to Sailors in the engineering pipeline,” said Michael Bilak, executive director, TSC. “Olson is an outstanding role model and dynamic instructor. He actively engages his Sailors in their training to ensure learning takes place and all training objectives are accomplished.”
Olson has displayed exceptional leadership and unsurpassed dedication to duty and consistently set the highest standards for all instructors and sailors to emulate. He provided outstanding leadership, mentorship, and instruction to more than 180 students daily, guiding apprentice-level sailors through the “sailorization” process. As Master Training Specialist (MTS) Olson expertly mentored numerous personnel, which resulted in the qualification of five new MTS’s. Additionally, as a command cardiopulmonary resuscitation instructor and automated external defibrillator program manager, he expertly trained and qualified 36 personnel.
“Honestly, you can achieve a lot in your career while at TSC. I became a Military Training Specialist, received my associates degree in environmental studies through Columbia College of Missouri, and there are so many volunteer opportunities available,” said Olson.
In additional to his regular duties on base, Olson also coordinated with multiple commands in support of numerous outside activities such as LifeSource Armed Service blood drives and Fleet and Family Task Force Family Class.
As an Honor Flight coordinator, he served as Naval Station Great Lakes liaison for the Honor Flight Chicago Organization and Milwaukee Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. He led 840 students and 200 staff members from area commands in successful commemoration of more than 800 WWII veterans during eight Honor Flight Welcome Home Celebrations.