Commander Robert Holmes graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Webster University with a Master of Arts degree in Management. He was commissioned in November 1996 and designated a Naval Flight Officer in March 1998. He commanded the “Scorpions” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 from May 2015 to July 2016. 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. Prior to squadron command, his afloat tours included service at VAQ-136 forward-deployed to Atsugi, Japan, as a department head, Carrier Strike Group TWELVE as a Flag Lieutenant, Carrier Air Wing ONE as the Assistant Operations Officer and VAQ-132 as a junior officer. He has flown combat missions supporting Operations JOINT GUARDIAN, SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Ashore, he served at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as the Mexico & Central America Policy Analyst and at the Joint Information Operations Center as an Information Operations planner. He has accumulated more than 2,450 flight hours and 600 carrier-arrested landings in the EA-18G, EA-6B and F/A-18F.
Federal Executive Fellow