CDR Jeffrey Holzer
A native of Arvada, CO, CDR Holzer enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in 1988 attending Recruit Training, Naval Aircrew Candidate School, Aviation Warfare Operators “A” school and P-3B Common Operator School. After completion of his active duty in 1989 CDR Holzer affiliated with VP-90 at NAS Glenview, until 1993 when the squadron was disestablished.
During his reserve enlistment CDR Holzer attended Metropolitan State College of Denver earning a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management. CDR Holzer reported to Officer Candidate School June 1995, receiving his commission. CDR Holzer completed flight training at VT-27 NAS Corpus Christi and HT-18 NAS Whiting Field being winged in June 1997.
Upon completion of H-46D Fleet Replacement training in March 1998 at Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 3 (HC-3), CDR Holzer reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 11 (HC-11) at NAS North Island. He deployed twice to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf: first onboard USS Camden (AOE-2) supporting the Lincoln Carrier Battle Group and later onboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) supporting the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU). While at HC-11 his jobs included Detachment Officer in Charge, Quality Assurance Officer, Detachment Division Officer, and NVD Program Manager.
In December 2002 after completing his first sea assignment, CDR Holzer reported back HC-3 for MH-60S transition training. After completing training he returned to the fleet for a Super JO tour with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SIX (HC-6).
CDR Holzer reported to HC-6 July 2002 to serve as part of the initial cadre of fleet MH-60S pilots. During his tour at HC-6 CDR Holzer was selected to attend the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) course at Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center. CDR Holzer established and acted as the Officer in Charge of the Helicopter Tactical Wing Atlantic Weapons and Tactics Unit, providing tactical guidance and expertise to three east coast helicopter squadrons. CDR Holzer also attended the Night Vision Device (NVD) Instructor course operating the Night Vision Device Lab for all Norfolk based rotary wing squadrons. CDR Holzer earned a Master’s degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego while at HC-6.
In January 2004, after completing his second sea tour, CDR Holzer reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE (HC-3) as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor. While at HC-3 CDR Holzer was assigned temporary duty with the Naval Helicopter Transition Team (NHTT) were he was responsible for the ROC/POE and manpower structure for transitioning helicopter communities. CDR Holzer returned from the NHTT to HC-3 to act as the operations officer.
Following his selection for department head, CDR Holzer returned to sea duty reporting to Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron TWO ONE (HSC-21) in San Diego, November 2006. Deploying as Officer in Charge Detachment Five, he led a successful deployment as part of the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment, providing MEDEVAC for the northern Arabian Gulf, southern Iraq and Kuwait. CDR Holzer served as the squadron Training, Operations and Maintenance Officer while at HSC-21. CDR Holzer earned his OOD designation onboard USS Dubuque (LPD-8) and completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I through the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
In March 2009 CDR Holzer reported to United States Northern Command as a Future Maritime Operations Planner in the J3. While there, he was instrumental in developing plans, conducting exercises and real world operations for Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Maritime Homeland Defense.
CDR Holzer is married to LT Amy Holzer, USN Nurse Corps. They have one daughter, Finley. CDR Holzer’s awards include numerous personal and unit citations.