MAJ Holman

Major Joseph Holman

Assistant Professor of Military Science

Source of Commission

Northern Michigan University – Class of ‘78



Bachelors' of Science in History

Master’s of Education

Social Sciences Teaching Certification


Biography and Assignment History

Major Holman had been Northern Michigan University’s Coordinator of Workforce Development and Training when, after being retired from the Army for 12 years, he was voluntarily recalled to active duty in October of 2007. 

The Army sent him to the University of North Dakota where he was the Executive Officer, Training Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science for 3 years.  Upon completion of his tour of duty there, through a special program he is assigned to Rock Island Arsenal, IL with duty at Northern Michigan University’s department of Military Science Wildcat Battalion.  He serves as an Assistant Professor of Military Science.

Major Holman is a native Yooper from Negaunee and his wife Barb is a native Yooper from Ishpeming They have an adult daughter Jessica.  MAJ Holman and his wife share their log house on a river with a dog and cat.

Major Holman had a 3 year ROTC scholarship at Northern Michigan University and was commissioned in May 1978 as an Infantry Officer.  Immediately upon commissioning he and his wife headed for Fort Benning where Major Holman graduated from the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School and Ranger School.

From there, MAJ Holman had numerous assignments ranging from Infantry platoon leader, company commander, battalion executive officer to battalion motor officer, Infantry Team Chief of an Operational Readiness & Evaluation Group and Infantry Team Chief of Readiness Group Snelling MN working with the Minnesota 34th Infantry Division National Guard.

MAJ Holman also taught ROTC at Michigan Technological University for 4 years and was the ROTC regional Recruiting Operations Officer in charge of managing ROTC recruiting at 96 Universities.

These assignments led to much travel as he moved from NMU’s married student housing to Fort Benning, GA; to Ft. Polk, LA; then Ft. Bliss, TX; followed by Schofield Barracks, HI and multiple deployments including to Korea and the Philippines; Michigan Technological University; Ft. Knox, KY where he live directly across the street from the gold vault; back to Hawaii at Ft. Shafter where he constantly traveled between islands, to Alaska – including working with the Eskimo Scouts on the Western Periphery Tundra, Guam and American Samoa; from there to Ft. Snelling, MN.  After all this he retired and came back to the U.P. where he was hired by Northern Michigan University and worked in a number of positions and on a number of projects.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (6th award), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab.