LtCol Christopher H. Oliver
Lieutenant Colonel Christopher H. Oliver, the son of a career U.S. Air Force officer, was born in Urbana, IL. He graduated from Saint Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson, AZ in May of 1989. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University in August of 1993, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant via the Platoon Leaders Class.
Upon completion of The Basic School in 1994, 2ndLt Oliver received orders to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training. Waiting to commence flight training, 2ndLt Oliver attended the Joint Firepower Control Course at Hurlburt Field, FL graduating as a Distinguished Graduate. He then attended the Revolutionary Warfare, Joint Aviation Foreign Internal Defense and Joint Psychological Operations Courses at the United States Air Force Special Operations School at Hurlburt Field. 2ndLt Oliver volunteered to augment the USAFSOS staff and worked in the Internal Defense and Development Branch until commencing flight training in May 1995.
Following completion of flight training 1stLt Oliver was designated as a Naval Aviator on 11 April 1997. In May 1997, he reported to HMT-301 in Kaneohe Bay, HI for Fleet Replacement Squadron training in the CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter. Joining the Hammerheads of HMH-366 in September 1997, he served in the logistics, maintenance and operations departments as Embarkation Officer, Logistics Officer, Flight Line Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Assistant Maintenance Officer, Maintenance Officer, Squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Assistant Operations Officer. During this assignment, Captain Oliver completed the Amphibious Warfare School Non-resident Program and graduated from the Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor course.
In June 2000, Captain Oliver reported to the Ugly Angels of HMH-362 where he served as Squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Assistant Operations Officer and Operations Officer. In February 2002, Captain Oliver completed series conversion training into the CH-53E Super Stallion at MCAS New River, NC. Following series conversion training, he returned to MAG-24 and served as the Group WTI and Assistant Group Operations Officer. During this assignment, Captain Oliver graduated from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Non-resident Program.
In June 2002, Captain Oliver transferred to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One at MCAS Yuma, AZ. While assigned to MAWTS-1, Major Oliver performed duties as a CH-53D/E instructor and as the CH-53 Division Head. From February to May 2003, he deployed and augmented the Condors of HMH-464 flying combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Major Oliver reported to Maxwell AFB, AL in July 2005 to attend the USAF Air Command and Staff College. He graduated as a Distinguished Graduate and earned a Masters Degree in Military Operational Art and Science.
In June 2006, Major Oliver returned to MAG-24 and performed duties as the MAG-24 Standardization Officer and Group NATOPS Evaluator. In October 2006, Major Oliver joined the Pegasus of HMH-463 to serve as the Operations Officer. In May 2008, Major Oliver assumed the duties as Executive Officer of HMH-463.
In August 2008, Major Oliver was selected to serve as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, U. S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. In July 2009, Major Oliver again reported to MAWTS-1 at MCAS Yuma, AZ where he served as the MAWTS-1 Operations Officer, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in September 2009. In July 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver, selected for command, returned to MAG-24, and was assigned as the MAG-24 Future Operations Officer.
In April 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver assumed command of HMH-362. During February 2012, the Ugly Angels, the last CH-53D squadron in the Marine Corps, deployed to Afghanistan and conducted combat flight operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 12.1.
Lieutenant Colonel Oliver has flown over 2500 mishap free flight hours. He possesses all flight leadership designations and mission qualifications in the CH-53D/E aircraft. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Strike/Flight numeral 3, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star in Lieu of Fourth Award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal.