Captain Bob Holmes is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was commissioned in 1996 through Officer Candidate School and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in March 1998. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University, a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
His operational assignments include a tour with the Scorpions of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 as a junior officer (1999-2002); Carrier Air Wing 1 as both the air wing training and readiness officer and assistant operations officer (2005-2006); Carrier Strike Group 12 as the flag lieutenant to the Commander (2006-2007); VAQ-136 forward-deployed to Atsugi, Japan as a department head (2007-2010); and had the privilege of returning to VAQ-132 as the executive and commanding officer (2014-2016). During his XO/CO tour, the squadron deployed twice to the Western Pacific and earned back-to-back Battle Efficiency “E,” CNO Safety “S,” Retention Excellence, and Medical Blue “M” awards. He has deployed in support of Operations Joint Guardian, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.
Shore and staff tours include duty at the Joint Information Operations Center as an information operations planner to the U.S. European Command (2002-2005); the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as the Mexico & Central America drug policy analyst (2010-2012); Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Federal Executive Fellow (2016-2017); the U.S. Naval War College senior course (2017-2018); and U.S. Naval Forces Central Command as the Executive Assistant to the Commander (2018-2019).
Captain Holmes’ decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three) and various other campaign, unit, and personal awards. He has accumulated more than 2,450 flight hours and 600 carrier-arrested landings in the EA-18G, EA-6B and F/A-18F..