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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.

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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.

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