Supported by 50 years of professional experience in the military, David Alan Holland spent the duration of his career serving in the United States Air Force. First joining the Air Force in 1959, he graduated as a pilot and officer from the Aviation Cadets before delving into his pronounced career. Over the course of many decades, Mr. Holland was fortunate enough to fly every airplane that the Air Force had, which included several trainers, fighters, bombers and transport aircraft, among others. To this end, Mr. Holland was provided opportunities to move cargo and personnel during the Vietnam era, as well as fly the F-105 aircraft on missions in Vietnam.
Mr. Holland completed a second tour in Vietnam in HC-130, followed by an additional 20 years of work as a civilian contractor. During this time, he also trained pilots and taught flight simulations, having managed and instructed both training and established pilots in their initial and advanced flying careers. Additionally, Mr. Holland completed a formal education during his military tenure, having graduated from Ashland University with a bachelor’s degree in business management in 1972. He retired from the military at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Decorated with several commendations, Mr. Holland received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and six Air Medals. He attributes much of his success to his upbringing, the positive guidance from his parents and the life lessons he learned while attending school. Outside of his primary efforts, Mr. Holland enjoys bowling and was the president of his local bowling association for 20 years.
Among the many highlights of his career, Mr. Holland is especially proud of working with young troops and teaching them how to fly. Looking toward the future, he intends to continue assisting others whenever possible and aims to begin writing.