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Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Major General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
We Can Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1931
Birth Location:
Decatur, Alabama

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Major General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
San Diego, California
Favorite Quote:
We Can Do It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1931
Birth Location:
Decatur
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Biography

A long time military officer, Major General Arthur Holmes, Jr. served almost four decades in the United States Army, retiring as a Commanding General. A highly distinguished officer, he won several awards and decorations such as the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal.

Holmes began his military career as a member of a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program in college. In June 1952, upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Filling a variety of roles, Holmes served twice as a Maintenance Battalion Commander, the second in Vietnam; a member of the Guidance and Procedures Branch of the Logistics Directorate for the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Chief of Ordnance Branch of the Officer Personnel Direc¬torate at the U.S Army Military Personnel Center before becoming Command¬er of the Division Support Command for the First Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Riley, Kansas; and subsequently served as Assistant Division Commander-Support for the same unit, the first Combat Service Support officer to fill the position. Holmes - then made history - becoming the first combat service support officer to serve as Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army from 1977 until 1979. Holmes’ final post - before retiring in 1987 - was that of Commanding General, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command, where he oversaw the delivery of 30,000 tactical vehicles to the field with the highest level of user satisfaction yet achieved. On behalf of his service to the U.S. Army, in 1991, Holmes became am Inductee in the 1999 Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame.

Arthur Holmes, Jr. was born on May 12, 1931 in Decatur, Alabama. He earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from the Hampton Institute – now called Hampton University, and his M.B.A degree from Kent State (Ohio) University. Holmes is also a graduate of the Naval War College. Moving on from the military, he became highly involved in business and governmental life serving for eight years as Vice-President of Logistics Applications and then President and CEO of the Automated Sciences Group, Inc. - a high-tech corporation with 300 computer scientists and engineers and average annual revenue of $28 million. Holmes also served a seven year stint with the Montgomery County Planning Board, serving as a commissioner, and then vice-chair and chairman. Between 2002 and 2004, he served as Director of Go Montgomery! – a Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) agency devoted to implementing the County’s Master Plan in all transportation regions. He took over the helm of DPWT, in October 2004.

Holmes is involved with many boards and organizations including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He and his wife, Wilma, have four children and six grandchildren, and they reside in Olney, Maryland.

Holmes was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 29, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls his family's frequent moves
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes remembers his childhood activities and best friend
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes his early educational experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls the African American athletes of his youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes his high school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls playing basketball at Austin High School in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. remembers the home front of World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls the heroism of Doris Miller
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls his aspirations during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. talks about the desegregation of the U.S. military
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls his first impression of the Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. remembers his professors and classmates at the Hampton Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes his ROTC training at the Hampton Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls joining the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. remembers his deployment to Germany
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes his U.S. military experiences in Germany
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls his return to the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes the duties of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. talks about equipment maintenance in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. talks about the U.S. Army's weapons regulations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes his career in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls his deployment to Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. remembers the United States Naval War College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. talks about the promotion process in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls the early African American generals in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. talks about personnel management in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls meeting General Colin L. Powell
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls his appointment as the executive officer to secretary of the army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls his duties under the secretary of the army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. remembers Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. and President James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. remembers fragging incidents during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes his leadership style in Vietnam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. talks about the prevalence of drugs in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. remembers meeting foreign dignitaries
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls his promotion to brigadier general
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes his responsibilities as a brigadier general
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. talks about his graduate and professional training
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes his responsibilities as a brigadier general
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. recalls his retirement from the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. remembers joining the Montgomery Country Planning Board
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. talks about his directorship of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. remembers his transition to civilian life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. talks about his work at the Montgomery County Department of Transportation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Maj. Gen. Arthur Holmes, Jr. describes how he would like to be remembered