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COLONEL CHRISTOPHER C. HOLLAND

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Colonel Christopher “Chris” Holland is Commander, 916th Operations Group, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.  In this capacity he is responsible for the planning and execution of the KC-46 Pegasus mission as the group completes its conversion as the first unit equipped KC-46 wing in Air Force Reserve Command.
 
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Colonel Holland received his commission through the United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1998.  He is a command pilot with over 3,000 hours in the KC-46, KC-135 and C-130.  Additionally, he is a graduate of the Air Force Intern Program and has Office of the Secretary of Defense and Headquarters Air Force staff experience. 
 
Colonel Holland has served as an Executive Officer, Flight Commander, and Assistant Director of Operations. He has deployed Director of Operations, Director of Operations, deployed Wing Director of Staff, and Squadron Commander.  Colonel Holland has flown combat sorties in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL and numerous missions for Operation NOBLE EAGLE.  Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Holland was Commander, 77th Air Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. 
 
EDUCATION
1998 Bachelor of Arts Degree, American History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
1998 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
2000 Specialized Joint Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, TX
2000 KC-135R Combat Crew Training School, Altus AFB, OK
2003 Squadron Officer School (Residence & Correspondence), Maxwell AFB, AL
2007 Master of Arts Degree, Organizational Management, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2007 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
2007 Air Force Intern Program (Residence)
2009 C-130 Initial & Mission Qualification Course, Little Rock AFB, AR
2014 KC-135 Aircraft Commander Requalification Course, Altus AFB, OK
2018 Air War College (Correspondence)
 
ASSIGNMENTS
  1. August 1998 – March 1999, Casual Lieutenant Program, Section Commander, 4th Operations Support Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC
  2. March 1999 – June 2000, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin Air Force Base, TX 
  3. June 2000 – September 2000, KC-135 Combat Crew Training School, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus Air Force Base, OK
  4. September 2000 – July 2005, KC-135R/T Instructor Aircraft Commander, Flight Commander, Assistant Flight Commander, Squadron Executive Officer, 99th Air Refueling Squadron, 19th Air Refueling Group, Robins Air Force Base, GA
  5. July 2005 – June 2007, Air Force Intern Program with duties in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and the Concepts, Strategy and Wargaming Division (Skunk Works), Deputy Chief of Staff Air and Space Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  6. June 2007 – August 2008, Air Force Requirements Directorate, Branch Chief, Resources and Contracts, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  7. August 2008 – September 2011, C-130E/H Aircraft Commander, Director of Staff, Assistant Director of Operations, 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR
  8. September 2011 – March 2012, C-130E/H Instructor Pilot, Chief, Plans and Programs, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, AR
  9. March 2012 – September 2012, Director of Staff, 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan
  10. September 2012 – September 2013, C-130E/H Instructor Pilot, Operations Officer, 34th Combat Training Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR
  11. September 2013 – October 2016, KC-135R Aircraft Commander, 77th Air Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
  12. October 2016 – February 2018, Commander, 77th Air Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
  13. February 2018 – Present, Commander, 916th Operations Group, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
 
FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating:  Command Pilot
Flight hours:  More than 3,000 including over 900 combat/combat support hours
Aircraft Flown:  KC-46A, KC-135R/T, C-130E/H
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with seven oak leaf clusters and valor device
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
 
OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
99th Air Refueling Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Year (2003)
Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School (2003)
Distinguished Graduate, KC-135R Combat Crew Training School (2000)
 
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 16, 1998
First Lieutenant May 27, 2000
Captain May 27, 2002
Major Feb 1, 2008
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2013
Colonel March 14, 2019
 
(CURRENT AS OF NOVEMBER 2020)