Commander Michael C. Holland is a native of Woburn, Massachusetts, and a 1997 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
Designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 1998, he reported to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington for replacement training in the EA-6B Prowler. Holland joined the “Shadowhawks” of Electronic Attack Squadron 141, deploying with Enterprise Battle Group in 2001 in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. On 7 October 2001, he flew with the first airstrikes into Afghanistan as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In March 2003, while deployed with Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group, he participated in the opening airstrikes of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Additional operational assignments include staff officer duties at Commander, Carrier Air Wing 17, where he embarked aboard USS George Washington in support of the 2006 PARTNERSHIP OF THE AMERICAS exercise. Following selection as Operational Department Head, he joined the “Wizards” of Electronic Attack Squadron 133 serving in the Administrative, Tactics, and Maintenance Officer billets while deploying to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in the fall of 2008 and to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq in the fall of 2009. During his tenure as Maintenance Officer, the Wizards were awarded the 2010 Golden Wrench Award for the best maintenance squadron in the Electronic Attack Wing.
Ashore, Holland served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron flight instructor at Electronic Attack Squadron 129. Following his Department Head tour, Holland assumed the position of Deputy Chief, Modeling and Simulations, United States Cyber Command, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. He is a 2007 graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and holds a Masters of Education from Kansas State University.
He has amassed more than 2100 flight hours, flown 162 combat missions and logged 344 carrier arrested landings. Decorations include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (with Combat V), Air Medal Strike Flight Award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Combat V), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal as well as various unit and campaign awards.