Commander Tony Holmes enlisted in the Navy in 1988. After naval nuclear power training in Orlando, Florida (Nuclear Field “A” School, Naval Nuclear Power School) and Ballston Spa, New York (DIG Prototype), he performed tours as a Machinist Mate on USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). In 1998, he was assigned as an instructor at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, where he taught and advised over 700 students during their initial pipeline training in the Naval Nuclear Power Program – during which the command’s location moved from Orlando, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina. He was selected to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 1998, attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State College in 2000, and attained a Masters of Arts degree in Computer Resources/Information Management from Webster University in 2001.
After commissioning via OCS in 2002, his initial tour of duty was on board USS ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG 49) where he served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and qualified as Surface Warfare Officer. Following his initial tour as a Surface Warfare Officer, CDR Holmes reported to Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in June 2007. As an Engineering Duty Officer, CDR Holmes served his qualification tour at SUPERVISOR OF SHIPBUILDING GULF COAST, where he was assigned as Ship Superintendent of USS NEW YORK (LPD 21), overseeing the government/industry Team through successful launch, construction, sea trials, and delivery of the ship to the crew. From 2010-2011, CDR Holmes served his Individual Augmentee (IA) tour in Umm Qasr, Iraq, where he performed duties as PMS 325 Project Manager for the newest class of Iraqi Swift Class 35-meter patrol boats being built for and delivered to the Iraqi Navy.
Upon return from his Iraq tour in 2011, CDR Holmes transferred to Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, where he served as Land Attack Department Officer, overseeing execution of all major programs within his Department’s portfolio. From 2014-2016, CDR Holmes was assigned to Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program Office in Dahlgren, Virginia, where he served as Project Manager for AN/SPY-1 Refurbishment Program and as Baseline Manager for Aegis BMD 4.1 and Aegis 5.4 Baselines. From 2016 – July 2019, CDR Holmes served as Officer in Charge, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, White Sands Detachment, where he was responsible for oversight and safe execution of all Navy-sponsored testing efforts in support of Aegis, Standard Missile, Hyper-Velocity Projectile, Electromagnetic Railgun, and NASA Sounding Rocket Programs at White Sands Missile Range, NM -- to include responsibility for the safe design, build/integration, and launch execution of Sub-Orbital Vehicles for ballistic missile targets in support of Navy, Missile Defense Agency, and other sponsors’ testing objectives. In July 2019, he reported to Surface Combat Systems Center, Wallops Island, Virginia as Commanding Officer.
CDR Holmes’ personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards).