MSgt. Eric Holman
Master Sergeant Eric Holman entered the Air Force on 12 Dec 1977 under the delayed enlistment program and graduated from Santiam High School in 1978. He worked with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as a Camp Ranger in the beautiful Cascade Mountains until August of 1978 when he entered into active duty. Airman Holman completed basic training in Oct 1978 and then attended the Security Specialist technical school and graduated in Dec 1978. Airman Holman received his Security Police badge on the same stage he would retire on in the year 2000.
His first assignment was to the 366th Security Police Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, where he performed duties as a patrolman, armorer, fire-team leader, NCOIC Mobility, assistant Flight Chief, and designated marksman for the Emergency Services Team (EST). While there, he deployed to Egypt in support of EC-79, the Iranian Hostage rescue attempt. This was the first of his many worldwide deployments.
His next assignment was to the 43rd Security Police Squadron, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. From 1983 to 1986 his duties included assistant Mobility NCO and Squad Leader for a mobility team. In the fall of 1983, Eric deployed with the 3rd Marine division where he served as a Marine Squad Leader. This experience proved valuable when he was later assigned to the Marines during the Grenada Operation and the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon. While actually on Guam and not deployed to Team Spirit or Commando Warrior, Eric performed duties as an Area Supervisor and a Master Surveillance Control Facility Operator for priority resource areas.
In 1986 he was assigned to the 1776th Security Police Squadron, Andrews Air Force Base, Washington DC, where he worked details in support of Presidentís Reagon and Bush. Once again, he was assigned as NCOIC of Mobility and he did not stay home much. He deployed or supported deployments to Honduras, Operations UREGENT FURY, DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, DESERT CALM and various other missions out of the DC area. While deployed to Honduras, Eric worked as a Flight Sergeant in a Joint Army/Air Force unit which guided Army convoys throughout Northern Honduras. He also worked with the 2/82 Aviation Battalion and near the end of his tour, he served as a door gunner on UH-60Bís until his return to Andrews AFB.
In 1991 he was handpicked to man the Supply Mobility section of the Military Airlift Commandís 1314th Ground Combat Readiness and Evaluation Squadron (GCRES), Volant Scorpion. His responsibilities included the mobility readiness of a 60-person cadre of various specialty codes and supporting over 3,000 students who annually deployed in for air base defense training. Ericís previous deployment experience deemed him a natural selection as an S-4 controller for Joint Readiness and Training Center (JRTC) rotations to Fort Chaffee, OK and Fort Polk, LA. While there, he ensured personnel were properly equipped and trained prior to deploying in support of numerous operations including UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, SAFE PASSAGE, RESTORE HOPE and CONTINUE HOPE. When Somalia heated up, Eric was selected as a fire team leader that took over airfield security at the Mogadishu Airport from Sep to Nov 1993. During this deployment, the worst firefight involving US forces since Vietnam occurred (Oct 3rd 1993), actions taken by MSgt Holman and his teammates was nothing less than heroic. Eric received two AF Commendation Medals for actions during this TDY for his actions during the firefight and the mortar attack on the Task Force Ranger compound located adjacent to the AF entry control point.
Eric witnessed the transition of the 1314th GCRES to the 314th Phoenix Ace and then he moved the entire unit to Fort Dix, NJ where it became the 421st Ground Combat Training Squadron, HQ Air Mobility Warfare Center (HQ AMWC). While with the 421t he continued as the unit Supply/Mobility NCO but was probably best remembered for his role playing during the field training exercises. Ericís role was that of a kilt clad foreign liaison officer at the deployed site and his authentic outfit and enthusiasm greatly enhanced the realism for the students. Also during his tour, Eric was a graduate of the first Phoenix Raven class earning Raven #47 and flying several missions including an escort for the director of the CIA on a visit to Moscow.
In 1998 he was handpicked once again, this time to the HQ Air Force Security Forces Center as a Requirements Branch Action Officer. Ericís responsibilities included monitoring mobility equipment logistics details (LOGDETs), and force protection equipment authorizations. Eric was a key player in developing a plan that in four years will virtually eliminate the critical shortage of night vision goggles within our career field. Not changing his ways, he deployed with the initial proof of concept logistics flight to support Operation SHINING HOPE where he assisted in employing tactical sensors and Thermal Imagers for the deployed forces at Tirana Airfield, Albania.
His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with three clusters), Air Force Commendation Medal (with four clusters), and the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal (with two clusters).
Eric is happily married to the former Melissa E. Mills from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. They have four children, Daniel (18), Sarah (17), Evan (8), and Brian (7). The Holmanís hope to return to the Northwest after retirement.