A native of Arvada, CO, CAPT Holzer enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in 1988. During his reserve enlistment CAPT Holzer earned a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management. CAPT Holzer reported to Officer Candidate School June 1995, receiving his commission. CAPT Holzer completed flight training in June 1997.
Upon designation as a Naval Aviator he reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE (HC-3) at NAS North Island, California, to complete the CH-46D Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) syllabus en route to his first fleet squadron, the HELSUPPRON ELEVEN (HC-11), making deployments on USS CAMDEN (AOE-2) and USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6). Captain Holzer transitioned to the MH-60S Knight Hawk and was assigned to HC-6. Additional sea duty included Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron TWO ONE (HSC-21). 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.
CAPT Holzer’s last sea duty was as the Executive and Commanding Officer of HSC-12 making the homeport change from San Diego, CA to Atsugi, Japan. While with HSC-12 he made deployments onboard USS LINCOLN (CVN-72) and USS GEORGE WASHINTON (CVN-73), including Humanitarian Relief efforts in the Republic of the Philippines following typhoon Haiyan.
Captain Holzer’s shore duty assignments include Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE (HC-3) as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor. Naval Helicopter Transition Team (NHTT) were he was responsible for the ROC/POE and manpower structure for transitioning helicopter communities. United State Northern Command as a
Future Maritime Operations Planner in the J3 directorate. Most recently Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet as the Director of Naval and Amphibious Liaison Element to Commander, Pacific Air Forces.
He is currently assigned to Commodore Fleet Air Western Pacific, Japan.
Captain Holzer has accumulated over 4,000 flight hours in various aircraft. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy Commendation Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit commendations and campaign awards.