Washington state admiral key planner in bin Laden raid

A Tacoma native who rose from Stadium High School's Class of 1969 to the highest levels of U.S. Special Operations was at the side of the CIA director as a team of American forces carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, lawmakers said Monday.

Navy Adm. Eric Olson, 59, was a key player in planning the raid, said U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Tacoma.

Olson is the leader of the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. That branch supplies and trains outfits such as the Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs.

Olson “was obviously intimately involved in the details of this,” said Smith, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. “That’s what he does every day. He keeps track of high-value targets and they’ve taken out a lot of them. This was No. 1.”

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