Mr. Olthoff served thirteen years in the Air Force as an F-15E instructor pilot. He was commissioned through the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Upon graduation from college, he completed Undergraduate Pilot Training and the F-15E basic qualification course. His first operational flying assignment was with the 391st Fighter Squadron in Mountain Home, Idaho where he deployed to Guam and upgraded to a four-ship flight lead.
Mr. Olthoff was then selected and trained as an Air Liaison Officer where he served two years with the Army in Europe and led a team of Joint Terminal Attack Controllers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his time with the Army, he also earned a Masters of Business Administration.
Following this assignment, he returned to flying where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and upgraded to an instructor pilot where he taught young aircrew to fly the F-15E. Mr. Olthoff also held multiple instructional and management positions where he created courseware and ensured standardized instruction across two flying training squadrons.
Mr. Olthoff met his wife, also a USAF veteran, during this assignment and decided to continue his aviation career in the civilian sector. He is thrilled to join WMAA and for the opportunity to teach young students about the exciting world of aviation and motivate them for a lifetime of learning.