Fort Valley Navy vet visits students, mural

Navy Rear Admiral Alvin Holsey came to Fort Valley to view a mural and speak to Peach County students.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. – From October 31 through November 6, Navy Week is happening in Atlanta and different Navy organizations have come to the Peach State to raise community awareness and show off what the United States Navy does. A Fort Valley native returned to his Peach County home to motivate students.

Navy Rear Admiral Alvin Holsey grew up in Fort Valley. He went to Morehouse College as a computer specialist in Atlanta after graduating from Peach County High School in 1983. He says he is blessed to be recognized in a new mural depicting notable Fort Valley residents .

“When I looked at it I was impressed, but the first thing I thought was that my mum was going to be very upset that I wasn’t smiling in the picture,” the aviator said. .

The mural was painted by Christopher Johnson in July 2022. The mural was funded by Flint Energies through their cooperative’s Rural Murals program. The painting, titled “Excellence is the Standard”, hangs on the east wall of 104 East Church Street.

The mural features the portraits of 10 distinguished residents who excelled in the arts, athletics and the military. Marian McLemore of Flint Energies says the mural is meant to show Peach Countians who have done great work in the community.

“It’s just a wonderful show of appreciation for our communities, our rural communities,” McLemore said.

Holsey also visited Peach County Junior ROTC students to talk about what it’s like to join the military and how his career took off nearly 34 years ago.

“To go from here to become a naval aviator and then, at some point, commander of a carrier battle group. It’s impressive.”

Holsey told 13WMAZ he joined the ROTC program at Morehouse and had never flown in an airplane before becoming a pilot. He has over 4,000 flight hours. He even played football there for a few years.

Holsey also visited Fort Valley State University and Georgia College University during his tour of central Georgia. He told the students to follow their dreams and have a lot of strength and determination.

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