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Executive Officer HSM 71

CDR Brian Holmes

Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | Command Master Chief

Executive Officer 


Commander Brian Holmes was born in Winchester, Massachusetts, and was raised in San Diego, California. After receiving his commission through Officer Candidate School he reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training earning his Wings in May of 2000. CDR Holmes then reported to HSL-41 “Seahawks” for initial fleet training as a SH-60B pilot.

CDR Holmes sea tours include: HSL-45 “Wolfpack” where he served as Schedules Officer, Detachment Three Maintenance Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer; Expeditionary Strike Group Three/Commander Task Force 51/58/59/151/158, where he served as Aide to the Commander; and HSM-71 “Raptors” where he served as Safety Officer and Maintenance Officer.

CDR Holmes shore tours include: HSM-41 “Seahawks” where he served as Aircrew Division Officer and CNAP NATOPS evaluator; HSM Weapons School Pacific where he served as Administrative Officer; and Navy Personnel Command where he served as HSM/CNAP/CNAL placement officer.

A multiple time Ironman, CDR Holmes holds a Bachelor of Arts from Azusa Pacific

University, a Master of Science from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Arts from the United States Naval War College.

CDR Holmes has accumulated over 1,900 flight hours and has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit commendations, service and campaign awards.