Colonel Aaron E. Oliver is Commander of the Oklahoma Wing headquartered at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He is responsible for the execution of the three primary missions of CAP. In its role as the Air Force auxiliary, CAP is a member of the Total Force, filling a critical role in Defense Support of Civil Authorities that includes preserving life, relieving suffering and providing training support. As the commander, he provides readiness, education and training opportunities for members and represents the members of Oklahoma Wing to external agencies across the state. In addition to his current assignment, he is an Oklahoma Wing check pilot examiner and active instructor pilot.
Colonel Oliver began his CAP career in 1991 as a cadet with the Louisiana Wing and earned the General Billy Mitchell award. He attended a National Flight Encampment at Oshkosh Wisconsin where he soloed a Cessna 172. In 1997, he transitioned to senior member and earned various Federal Aviation Administration certificates and ratings. His assignments culminated as check pilot and squadron standardization and evaluation officer.
Colonel Oliver transferred to Virginia Wing in 2008 where he assumed command of the Langley Composite Squadron, Langley AFB, Virginia. In 2011, he transferred to Oklahoma Wing and assumed command of the Oklahoma City Composite Squadron. Additionally, he was named wing Director of Operations and before his current assignment was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration. He is an incident commander, check pilot examiner and mission check pilot examiner, holds a CAP command pilot rating and is a graduate of the National Staff College.
In his professional life, Colonel Oliver is an airline pilot for a major airline. He holds a flight instructor certificate with a gold seal and does pro bono flight instruction. Additionally, he serves as an officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves assigned to Headquarters, Air Force Flight Standards Agency (AFFSA). He is a graduate of Air University’s Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer School, the Safety School and Advanced Instrument School. He previously flew the T-38C as an instructor pilot and served as an F-15C and F-22 air dominance fighter pilot with the 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Virginia.
He and his wife have three children and reside in Moore, Oklahoma.
Current as of 5 July 2021