Building a leader

Ashland resident Marie Olson began her military career as a college student in 1997. Fifteen years later, she has experienced two overseas deployments and worked her way to the rank of captain with the Missouri National Guard.

Ashland resident Marie Olson began her military career as a college student in 1997. Fifteen years later, she has experienced two overseas deployments and worked her way to the rank of captain with the Missouri National Guard.

At first glance, Marie Olson might not be perceived as the type of person associated with military service. With a small stature and beaming grin, the Ashland resident and mother of two does not fit the traditional image of a soldier.

But a deeper search into her background will underscore a 15-year military career that includes two overseas combat tours and promotion to the rank of captain.

While attending Southeast Missouri State University, Olson was inspired to military service and enlisted in the Missouri National Guard in 1997.

The Cameron native went on to complete her training as a military policeman and was assigned to the 1138th MP Company in Springfield.

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