Mission Essential Personnel Adds Former SOCOM Commander Admiral Eric Olson To Board of Advisors


Chantilly, VA – Mission Essential Personnel, LLC (MEP) today announced that Adm. Eric T. Olson, who recently retired as Commander, US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), has joined its Board of Advisors. Olson was the first SEAL to command USSOCOM and will share his unique global perspective with MEP leadership as the company continues to expand its current services and create new offerings to government, commercial, and multi-national customers.

“I am honored that Adm. Olson has joined our Board of Advisors,” said MEP CEO Chris Taylor. “He has dedicated his life to the security of the United States, ensuring that all people have the opportunity to live freer, safer, and more prosperous lives. His incomparable knowledge of global affairs will help MEP better understand the interdependencies of a complex world and drive our growth strategy toward creating shared value and solving seemingly intractable problems.”

“I have developed a deep appreciation for Chris Taylor’s vision and approach. The services that MEP provides are important to our government, our forces, and our international partners,” said Olson. “I look forward to helping Chris and his great MEP team expand and enhance their strategic contributions.”

Olson graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1973 and qualified as a SEAL officer in 1974. He was both the first three-star and the first four-star SEAL. Until his recent retirement, he was the “Bull Frog”: the longest-serving SEAL on active duty. In addition to USSOCOM, he commanded Naval Special Warfare Development Group and Naval Special Warfare Command. His overseas assignments include service as a United Nations military observer in Israel and Egypt, and as Navy Programs officer in Tunisia. He served on the Navy staff as assistant deputy chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy, and Operations) and as Chief of Staff at the Joint Special Operations Command. Olson was awarded the Silver Star for his actions in the battle of Mogadishu in 1993. He earned a master’s degree in National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and studied at the Defense Language Institute.

More information about MEP’s Board of Advisors is available here.

About MEP:

MEP is a global professional services company headquartered in Columbus, OH, that provides human-capital solutions and program support to government and corporate clients. Currently, MEP is the US government’s leading provider of translators, interpreters and cultural advisors, with more than 8,300 personnel in 13 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. In addition to language services, MEP provides intelligence support, training and technical services to the US Department of Defense, intelligence agencies and international development organizations. Regardless of a mission’s size or complexity, MEP finds professionals with the skills to support it.

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