Pioneer Youth Corps of Oregon Inc. (PYCO) provides staffing and the military/academic program for the Willamette Leadership Academy (WLA), a fully accredited military charter school. WLA is reviewed and accredited through the Northwest Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NWSCU), and under the laws of the State of Oregon and the rules of the Oregon Department of Education. PYCO has been accredited through NWSCU since 1998. PYCO is also a TIER-ONE school which means that our high school diplomas are accepted by all branches of the US Armed Forces. PYCO academies are not boot camps and are not affiliated with any branch of the US Armed Services nor are they affiliated with any JROTC program. See our page here: PYCO
Pioneer Youth Corps of Oregon Board of Directors
Mr. Gary Olson, Chairperson
Mr. Olson graduated from South Eugene High School in 1960. He served as a Sgt. in the USAF nuclear electronics Hound-dog missile/ B-52 bomber for 7 years. He later became a Eugene Police dept officer and detective for 11 years. He currently is a contractor and employee of Hershner Hunter law firm 29 years and a superintendent of three large buildings in Eugene as a vocation. His avocation is being on the board of directors for PYCO since 2002 and the Chairman for the last 9 years. He has numerous hobbies to include rock cutting.
Mr. Robert N. Wilson
Born July, 1938. Grew up on a farm near Merrill, Oregon. Graduated Merrill High School 1956. Two years of junior college in California. 1960 enlisted in U.S. Air Force. After basic training was selected for a one year intensive course in Chinese language at Yale Institute of Far Eastern Languages in New Haven, CT. On completion of that course attended an intelligence course in San Angelo, Texas for 3 months. Assigned to an intelligence unit in Taiwan, Republic of China. Received an Honorable Discharge at the end of 1963.
In January 1964 enrolled at the University of Oregon and received a B.A. in East Asian Studies in 1965. Worked as an insurance adjuster until 1967 when I went back to U of O and received an M.A. in History in 1969.
I was hired by Eugene Police Department in 1970. Worked as a patrol officer for 5 years. In 1975 was promoted to detective and worked for 3 years as a detective in Property Crimes section. Promoted to sergeant and supervised Crime Analysis Unit for two years. Supervised Training Unit for two years and then transferred to Patrol Division and worked as a Patrol supervisor until 1990 when I transferred to Detective Division as a supervisor for Property Crimes Unit. Retired in 1993 with 23 years of service.
Was hired as a Federal Court Security Officer (Special Deputy U.S. Marshall) at the Federal Court in Eugene. The private company that provided Court Security Officers ordered me to join their union. Instead, I donated the equivalent of union dues to Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland. After 3 years I was fired for refusing to join their union. I sued the company and won and the president of the company was indicted for financial irregularities.
I am Past Master of Junction City Masonic lodge #194 and a life member of Eugene Masonic lodge #11. I am a delegate to the Shrine East-West Football game committee and a member of the PYCO board of directors.
My wife and I have been married for 48 years and have two sons and four grandsons. Hobbies include world travel, cooking, language study, wine collecting, reading and loafing.
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