Rear Adm. Michael Holland graduated from Montana State University in 1987 and was commissioned at Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.
His sea tours include division officer assignments aboard USS Pintado (SSN 672), weapons officer on USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730)(Gold), executive officer on USS Dallas (SSN 700) and commander of USS Providence (SSN 719). While on Providence, the ship completed two deployments to the Western Pacific including a trip around the world as well as a visit to the North Pole.
His shore tours include time in current operations at U.S. Strategic Command as well as being the submarine department head detailer. He was also the Congressional liaison for Submarine Matters in the Navy’s budget office and served as the post command deputy at Submarine Development Squadron 12. He was the Atlantic Submarine Force prospective commanding officer instructor as well as commodore of Submarine Squadrons 2 and 4 in Groton, Connecticut. Additionally, he served as the director for operations in the Navy’s Budget Office. His most recent assignment was director, Maritime Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Commendation Medal. He is most proud of his various unit awards, including the Arleigh Burke Trophy, that reflect credit on the successful teams with whom he has served.