Olive featured at Parrish Veterans Day event


Parrish will hold its Veterans Day remembrance on Friday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m., with the guest speaker being a Parrish High graduate who distinguished himself in the U.S. Air Force. 

Organizer George Harland said the event, which has been held annually since 2005, will be at the city's Veteran's Memorial.

"We'll have a band to do the National Anthem. We have a program each year," Harland said. An invocation, a raising of the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance will also be held, and a song will be performed. 

"We recognize the veterans who are there," he said. "When they hear their service hymn being played, they stand up with a resolve on their face like they could go back to war." 

Harland, the principal of Parrish High School for 26 years, said the speaker will be Col. Steve Olive (US Air Force Retired), who graduated from Parrish High School in 1982. He is owner and president of Corporate Aircraft Solutions and Oasis Aviation Maintenance, Inc. based in Newnan, Georgia.  Olive has over 31 years of aviation and aircraft maintenance experience from his 24-year U.S. Air Force career and other aviation services companies.  

Olive’s Air Force career began after graduating from the University of Alabama in 1986.  He completed Pilot Training at Ft. Rucker as an Air Force helicopter pilot in 1988.  Throughout his flying career, Olive flew multiple helicopter types, including the MH-53J helicopter as a Special Operations senior pilot.  

He flew during numerous combat operations, including the Balkans and in the Middle East.  Olive was a key planner in the first Special Operations missions into Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He commanded the Air Force Survival School at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, and culminated his career as director of training at Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida, in 2010.

After retirement from the Air Force, he founded two aviation companies.  One company, Corporate Aircraft Solutions, LLC, operates helicopter aerial sightseeing tours and aerial surveying in Gulf Shores, Galveston, Texas; Newnan, Georgia; and Destin, Florida. 

Oasis Aviation Maintenance, Inc. was formed in 2012 as an Federal Aviation Administration-approved repair facility, and has since developed an aviation maintenance network of over 40 approved maintenance facilities throughout the United States to promote aircraft avionics upgrades.

Olive has over 4,000 hours of helicopter flight experience.