President of Friends of Army Aviation to speak at TROY Dothan Spring Launch

Friends of Army Aviation President and LTC (Ret.) John “Doc” Emmette Holladay will deliver the keynote address at the TROY Dothan Spring Launch on Sunday, May 22 at the Dothan Civic Center.

More than 100 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees at the 3 p.m. ceremony. Tickets are not necessary.

LTC (Ret.) John “Doc” Holladay was born in Dublin, Ga. and graduated from Albany High School in 1963. A few months after graduating from high school, Holladay enlisted in the military on the 11 August at just 17 and served for the next 27 years.

He left Fort Benning, Georgia in August 1965 as a crew chief on a UH-1D model helicopter. On his first of three Vietnam tours, Holladay was selected for flight school. In November 1967, he graduated as Warrant Officer 1 and immediately returned to Vietnam as a UH-1C Huey / AH-1G Cobra gunship pilot assigned to the 9th Aviation Battalion, 9th Infantry Division stationed at Bear Cat. During this combat tour, he received a direct combat commission at the rank of second lieutenant for his actions in combat.

Holladay deployed to Vietnam for the third time in 1971 as a captain where he served as an aircraft maintenance officer, test pilot, and standards instructor pilot for all of Vietnam.

John “Doc” Holladay spent 27 years in the military and is now president of Friends of Army Aviation.

During his post-Vietnamese military career, he graduated from the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, served as assistant general to two major generals, company commander for an aviation maintenance company General, Installation Transport Officer and Army Liaison Officer for Army Materiel Command. as well as participated in Army Aviation Test Activity at Ft. Rucker, Ala.

Holladay retired in November 1990 with two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Bronze Stars (1 with V device), 59 Air Medals (1 with V device), the Meritorious Service Medal, three Commendation Medals, a combat infantry badge and master airman wings. He also logged 11,500 hours of cumulative pilot time, including 5,100 combat hours.

After retiring from the military, Holladay worked as a helicopter pilot flying off the Gulf of Mexico for Air Logistics from September 1990 to November 1991 and as a military cargo traffic coordinator/traffic manager for Covan International of May 1992 to August 1994.

In August 1994, he began a 20-year career as an account executive for Carolina Freight American Freightways, FedEx Freight and eventually retired from Southeastern Freight Lines in January 2014.

While still enlisted, Holladay graduated from St. Leo University in St. Leo, Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in marketing. He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from Webster College in St. Louis, Mo.

In 2014, Holladay was selected to the St. Leo University Alumni Association Board of Trustees. He was named chair of the bylaws committee in 2016 and served as president-elect in 2017, president in 2018, and past president in 2019. He resigned from the council of elders in 2020.

Since 2015, Holladay has served as president of Friends of Army Aviation, a nonprofit public education organization dedicated to bringing the history of Army aviation to the American people through exhibits. statics of old army aircraft and an associated driving program.

His tenure with FOAA began when he became a Life Member of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation in August 2013. In 2014, Holladay was named Vice President of Friends of Army Aviation, which s spun off from the AAHF in 2015 to become a stand-alone organization. .

Since becoming president, the FOAA has purchased three UH-1H Huey hulls, been accepted into the Living History Flight Exemption Program, built two hangar additions at a total cost of over $1 million dollars, carried more than 21,500 passengers and grew the organization’s assets to approximately $4 million and nearly 500 members.

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