Chris Holloway hails from Whidbey Island, Washington. Born into an Air Force family, he grew up around the country. He attended the US Naval academy, graduating in 1997 with a commission in the US Marine Corps. He commenced training at Basic Officer course in July 1997, graduating in January 1998.
He began his training as a Student Naval Aviator in Pensacola, Florida in February 1998. He earned his Naval Aviator wings at NAS Meridian, Mississippi in August 2000, with orders to VMFAT-101, MCAS Miramar, California.
From September 2000 to September 2001 he trained to fly the F/A-18 Hornet, receiving follow-on orders to VMFA-115, MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina.
From September 2001 – April 2005 he completed two deployments embarked aboard USS Harry S. Truman, CVN-75, attached to Carrier Air Wing Three. During this assignment, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II in the initial invasion of 2003, and stability operations of 2005. During this time, he served as Ground Safety Officer, NATOPS Officer, Assistant Aviation Safety Officer, Future Operations Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer.
Returning home in 2005, he received orders to VMFAT-101, MCAS Miramar, California as an instructor pilot. During this assignment, he served as Scheduling Officer, Flight Officer, Power Plants Division Officer and performed duties as Standardization Instructor for Transition, Air to Ground, and Air to Air instructional phases. He transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserve in September, 2008.
A founding member of the VMFAT-101 Squadron Augmentation Unit, he served as instructor pilot and contributed to standing up the initial integration of reserve instructor pilots at VMFAT-101. He transferred to the VMFT-401 “Snipers” in July, 2010.
During his assignment as a Marine Adversary, he attended the Naval Fighter Weapons School in 2011, the MAWTS-1 Senior Watch Officer course in 2013, and commenced studies in the US Army War College in 2016. His assignments included Detachment Officer-in-Charge for four full-squadron deployments, Reserve Operations Liaison, and Reserve Executive Officer.
He was promoted to his current rank in December 2014 and transferred to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 in December 2017 for duties prior to assumption of command.
His education includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from the US Naval Academy, a Master’s in Business and Administration from the University of Phoenix, will receive a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in July of this year.
His personal decorations include the Air Medal with 2 Strike Flight Awards, three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals with combat distinguishing devices, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.