Rear Adm. Michael L. Holmes is a Native American Indian born in Lumberton, N.C. He attended Pembroke State University, located in North Carolina, graduating in 1972 with a degree in Mathematics. Rear Adm. Holmes entered the Navy through Aviation Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in December of 1973. He earned his pilot wings in November of 1974. His flying tours include assignments in Patrol Squadron Twenty-Four (two tours) and Patrol Squadron Thirty (five tours) located in Jacksonville Fla., and Patrol Squadron Ten in Brunswick, Maine. Additionally, he served as an Exchange Officer with Canada’s 415 Squadron in Greenwood, Nova Scotia. At sea, Rear Adm. Holmes served as the Communications Officer aboard USS America (CV 66), homeported in Norfolk, Va. His command tours include Patrol Squadrons Twenty-Four and Thirty. Shore assignments include duty at the Bureau of Naval Personnel as Director, Officer Promotions, Appointments and Enlisted Advancements, and later as Assistant Aviation Commander Detailer. Assigned to the Pentagon, he served as Congressional Liaison and Air ASW Officer for the Secretary of the Navy in the Office of Program Appraisal. After being selected for flag rank, Rear Adm. Holmes assumed duties as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet, located at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. From July 2001 to September 2003, Rear Adm. Holmes served as Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean; Commander, Maritime Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forces, U.S. Sixth Fleet; Commander, Naval Surface Group Mediterranean; and Commander, Maritime Air Allied Naval Forces South. Rear Adm. Holmes assumed duties as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Atlantic on Sept. 25, 2003 for his final assignment. On Oct. 15, 2003, the title of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, Atlantic, was redesignated as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), in addition to various unit and service awards.