Commander, U.S. Navy
A native of West Chester, Ohio, CDR Brett W. Holdiman received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 1999. He began flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator on September 14, 2001 at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi.
Upon completion of FA-18 training in July 2002, CDR Holdiman joined the Wildcats of VFA-131, deployed onboard USS John F Kennedy (CV-67) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In January 2004, CDR Holdiman deployed again onboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Following his tour with VFA-131, CDR Holdiman received orders back to VFA-106 as an instructor pilot in May of 2005. While assigned to VFA-106, CDR Holdiman was a qualified Strike instructor, Fighter Weapons instructor, Landing Signals Officer, and NATOPS Officer.
In October 2007, CDR Holdiman reported to Commander, Naval Air Forces F-35C Requirements office, where he specialized in mission system requirements and Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) development for the Joint Strike Fighter.
Selected for operational department head, CDR Holdiman returned to NAS Oceana and joined the Valions of VFA-15 in 2010. He held the roles of Admin Officer, Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer. In 2011, while assigned to the Valions, CDR Holdiman deployed onboard USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.
In November 2012, CDR Holdiman joined the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) staff. While assigned to NSAWC, CDR Holdiman was the Joint Programs Manager, Joint Close Air Support (JCAS) Branch Head, NSAWC Assistant Operations Officer, Air Wing Fallon Overall Instructor, Special Operations Forces (SOF) Escort Instructor, and Dynamic Targeting Phase Head. Additionally, he completed the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) as part of class 13-04.
CDR Holdiman reported to CVW-9 in June 2015 and assumed the role of CVW-9 Operations Officer. He deployed onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS for a Western Pacific deployment and was an integral leader within Carrier Strike Group THREE.
In August 2018, CDR Holdiman assumed the duties of Executive Officer for the University of Missouri NROTC.
CDR Holdiman has over 2300 flight hours and over 450 arrested landings. He graduated from the United States Army War College in 2018 and is entitled to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike / Flight Air Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign, unit, personal, and service awards.