Deputy Moves Up in Osprey Program
It was standing room only in the NAVAIR headquarters building
atrium during a ceremony on August 4 where Colonel Dan Schultz,
USMC handed responsibility for PMA-275 over to Colonel Craig Olson,
USAF. Colonel Olson, who has been the deputy program manager for
the last year and a half, is the first Air Force officer to be
assigned as Osprey program manager.
"Colonel Olson's selection
truly demonstrates that the V-22 program is a joint one," said
Brig. Gen. Ted Bowlds, PEO Airlift/Trainers, the first of three
keynote speakers at the event.
General Bowlds was followed at the podium by Mr. Tom Laux,
PEO(A) who spoke about how far the V-22 program had come during
Colonel Schultz's time at the helm, saying, "Dan is personally
responsible for the evolution of the revolution."
"Dan Schultz brought leadership to the V-22 program," said Lt.
Gen. Mike Hough, the Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for
Aviation. "He took a program from the brink of absolute
failure and made it into an example for all other program managers
to follow." General Hough also quoted from a recent memorandum
authored by the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition,
Technology, and Logistics: "I commend Colonel Daniel Schultz
and the V-22 Osprey team for their disciplined management of the
restructured program. For this effort, the Department of Defense is
As the ceremony also marked the outgoing program manger's
retirement from active military service, General Hough reviewed
highlights of Colonel Schultz's 28-year career and went on to thank
the Schultz family for their sacrifices during that time.
After accepting the colors of the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force,
and SOCOM from Colonel Schultz, Colonel Olson took the stage and
stated that his receiving the nod to be program manger was
testimony to how far Colonel Schultz had taken the program. "A year
and a half ago no one above PMA-275 would've considered the idea of
an Air Force officer in charge of the V-22 program," Colonel Olson
said. "I've learned more about leadership from Dan Schultz than any
officer I've worked for during my time in uniform."
After thanking his family for their support and the PMA-275
Executive Leadership Team for their efforts in turning the Osprey
program around, Colonel Schultz repeated a quote of his that was
printed on the back of the program for the event: "The very first
time a V-22 deploys aboard an
amphibious ship will be the last time any helicopter will ever do
another civilian evacuation from a hostile nation or combat search
and rescue operation. Twice as fast, three times the payload, and
six times the range of the aircraft it's replacing, the Osprey is
not just evolutionary; it's revolutionary."
[Thanks to Ward Carroll, NAVAIR (V-22) Public Affair Officer