A native of Philadelphia, Pa., and raised in Maple Shade, N.J., Vice Adm. Holloway graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978.
At sea, he served as the damage control assistant and navigator aboard USS Joseph Hewes (FF 1078), engineer officer aboard USS Thorn (DD 988), and commissioning engineer officer aboard USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55). He was the executive officer aboard USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) and served as the chief staff officer to commander, Destroyer Squadron 24. He commanded USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) and Destroyer Squadron 18 and served as commander, Carrier Strike Group 12/ Enterprise Strike Group from February 2007 to August 2008.
Ashore, Holloway served as the nuclear power officer recruiter at Naval Recruiting District, Philadelphia, and as an instructor and executive assistant for the chairman, Seamanship and Navigation Department at the U.S. Naval Academy’s Professional Development Division. He also served as the assistant commander assignment officer and the cruiser destroyer placement branch chief at the Navy Military Personnel Command, on the Joint Staff in the Information Operations Directorate (J39), as director, Surface Officer Distribution Division (PERS-41), as assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management (PERS-4) in Millington, Tenn. and as director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy (OPNAV N13) at teh Navy Annex in Washington D.C.
Holloway earned a master's of science degree in Management Information Systems from George Washington University and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College.
His final assignment was as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet and Director, Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence.