MAJ. ANDREW J. OLMSTED

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:18 p.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Maj. Andrew J. Olmsted, 37, died Jan. 3, 2008, in Iraq, while serving with the U.S. Army. He was born Feb. 1, 1970, in Bangor. Andy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and government from Clark Uni-versity, Worcester, Mass. He was an avid Red Sox fan; he enjoyed reading, watching movies and playing war games. He loved going to Disney World. Andy was also an Eagle Scout. Andy loved writing and was writing a blog for the Rocky Mountain News from Iraq. Maj. Olmsted earned his commission through Reserved Officer Training Corps, Dec. 11, 1992. He earned great respect from those he served with, beginning with his first assignment at the 66th Armor Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as A Company Platoon Leader, Assistant S3 and D Company Executive Officer. He then proceeded to Camp Casey, Korea, where he served as the S3 Air Officer for 72d Armor Battalion. In 1997 he returned from overseas to Fort Carson, Colo., where for the next 10 years he served in various positions and units, to include: 3d Brigade, 4th Infantry Division as the S3 Plans; HHC, 68th Armored Battalion, Commander; E Company, 362 Armored Battalion, Commander; 2d Brigade, 91st Division, Brigade S1; and 361st Engineer Battalion as the Battalion Executive Officer. His bravery, compassion and “lead from the front” demeanor was displayed as the Team Leader, 1-5-1 Military Transition Team, 2/3 Armored Calvary Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, attached to 1st Infantry Division at Forward Operating Base Caldwell, Iraq. Maj. Olmsted faithfully served our nation for more than 15 years. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge. Maj. Olmsted is survived by his wife, Amanda Wilson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his parents, Wesley and Nancy Littlefield Olmsted of Grafton, Wis.; a brother, Eric and wife, Corinne Olmsted, of Watertown, Mass.; a sister, Catherine Olmsted of Grafton, Wis.; mother-in-law, Kathleen Wilson of Kingston, N.H.; brother-in-law, Ian D. and his wife, Gina Wilson, of Hudson, N.H.; niece, Elisha Wilson of Hudson, N.H.; and grandmother-in-law, Ruth A. Wilson of North Andover, Mass. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Soldiers Memorial Chapel at Fort Carson Army Base, Fort Carson, Colo. The Olmsted family requests that memorial contributions be made to Captain Thomas Casey Children’s Fund, P.O. Box 1306, Chester, CA 96020 or The Home Front Cares, P.O. Box 38516, Colorado Springs, CO 80937-8516.

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