Keep Moving Forward


Sergeant Dylan Michael Olson, 3/339th of the 95th Training Division (IET), overcame cancer, graduated as a distinguished honor graduate from the Fort Bliss Texas Air Assault School and is now striving to become a strength and conditioning coach working with Division One athletes. Courtesy photo

FORT BLISS, TEXAS — “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sergeant Dylan Michael Olson understands what it is like to transition from crawling to flying. This native of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, was diagnosed with testicular cancer during his initial training with the Army in 2007.

Olson states, “It happened so fast that the only thing I knew how to do was drive on. The hardest part was not knowing what the outcome was going to be.”

And Olson did drive on. He graduated from the Fort Bliss, Texas Air Assault Course as a distinguished honor graduate.

This Soldier from the 3/339th of the 95th Training Division (IET) says, “I would recommend Air Assault School for Soldiers because I believe it will test them and build their character.”

As an Army Reserve Drill Sergeant, Olson was asked, what are the three action steps that Soldiers could complete to maximize their experience and possibly earn being distinguished honor graduate?

He replied, “Communicate with those that were successful. Read the Air Assault Handbook. Add a rigorous ruck march in your PT program.”

After receiving a Bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin, Olson is now striving to become a strength and conditioning coach in an effort to work with Division One athletes.

He is now cancer free.


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