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Captain Alvin Holsey is a native of Fort Valley, GA. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1988 with a degree in Computer Science and received his commission through the NROTC program. He earned a Master of Science degree in Management from Troy State University in 1995 and attended the Joint Forces Staff College in 2010.
Captain Holsey served in a variety of training and operational squadrons including Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light THREE SIX (HSL-36), Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT (HT-8), Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR ZERO (HSL-40), and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR FOUR (HSL-44). His sea assignments have included deployments aboard USS JESSE L. BROWN (FF 1089), USS NICHOLSON (DD 982), USS VREELAND (FF 1068), USS VELLA GULF (CG 72), USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64), and USS SIMPSON (FFG 56). Additionally, he served as Executive and Commanding Officer of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light THREE SEVEN (HSL-37) in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Captain Holsey reported to USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) as Executive Officer on February 29, 2012 and took command as the ship’s fourth Commanding Officer on June 14, 2013.
Assignments to shore and staff billets have included, Flag Aide to Commander Naval Air Force and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Warfare Requirements and Programs N6/N7), Operations Officer on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-3, Joint Operations Directorate, European Command, Deputy Director PERS 43 / Head Air Combat Placement Officer, Navy Personnel Command, and Force Operations Officer, N3 at Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign and service awards.
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