Colonel Olivia S. Elliott is the Chief of Safety at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. She develops, executes and evaluates AFLCMC flight, occupational, weapons, test and system safety programs and readiness for more than 26,000 personnel at more than 60 operating locations.

Col Elliott graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering.  She completed undergraduate pilot training at Sheppard AFB, TX.  Col Elliott served as an A-10 combat and test pilot, a T-38 instructor pilot, and an instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School and has over 2000 hours in the T-38 and A-10.  She has also worked as the test instrumentation division chief at the USAF Test Pilot School and the Senior Student at the Air Force Institute of Technology, where she received her Doctorate in Hypersonic Aerodynamics in 2019. 

Following the completion of her Doctorate, she worked at AFRL Munitions Directorate as the government lead for ground and flight testing and the contracting officer’s representative for the Tactical Boost Glide (TGB) Hypersonic Missile prime and sub contracts as well as the government test lead for the first flight of the TBG missile.  Prior to her current assignment, Col Elliott worked as the Director of Test and Evaluation for the F-35 Lightning II, responsible for developmental, operational and live fire testing for all models of the F-35 and the maintenance and improvement of the F-35 test infrastructure.

2000, Bachelor of Science, US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
2002, Master of Philosophy, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
2002, Master of Arts, King’s College, London, London, United Kingdom
2006, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2010, Air Command and Staff College, by Correspondence
2011, Masters of Flight Test Engineering, Edwards AFB, CA
2019, Doctor of Philosophy in Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2020, Air War College, by Correspondence

1.    October 2000 - August 2002, Student, AFIT Civilian Institutions, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2.    September 2002 - December 2003, Student Pilot, Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, TX
3.    December 2003 - April 2008, Instructor Pilot, Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, TX
4.    April 2008 - October 2008, A-10 Student Pilot, Davis-Montham AFB, AZ
5.    November 2008 - December 2010, A-10 Pilot, Chief of Plans and Mobility, Whiteman AFB, MO
6.    December 2010 - December 2011, Student, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, CA
7.    January 2011 - December 2013, A-10 Test Pilot, Eglin AFB, FL
8.    January 2013 - December 2014, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, F-16/A-10, Eglin AFB, FL
9.    December 2014 - August 2016, Director of Technical Support Division, USAF Test Pilot School, CA
10.   August 2016 - September 2019, PhD Candidate, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
11.   September 2019 - September 2020, Test Lead, AFRL Munitions Directorate, Eglin AFB, FL
12.   September 2020 - July 2021, Deputy Program Manager Tactical Boost Glide, Eglin AFB, FL
13.   July 2021 - July 2023, Director of Test and Evaluation, F-35 Joint Program Office, Fairfax, VA
14.   July 2023 - Present, Chief of Safety, AFLCMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

1.    July 2021 – July 2023, Director Test and Evaluation, F-35 Joint Program Office, Fairfax, VA

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 2166
Aircraft Flown: A-10, T-38

Truman Scholarship Winner, 1999
George C. Marshall Scholarship Winner, 2000
Distinguished Graduate, United States Air Force Academy, 2000
Degree with Honors, King’s College, London, 2002
80 FTW CGO of the Year, Sheppard AFB, 2005
Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, 2006
Commendation Medal (one device), 2007
Meritorious Service Medal (two devices), 2010, 2016, 2021
Aerial Achievement Medal (one device), 2013, 2014

Second Lieutenant 31 May 2000
First Lieutenant 31 May 2002
Captain 31 May 2004
Major 1 January 2010
Lieutenant Colonel 1 May 2015
Colonel 1 January 2022

(Current as of July 2023)