Colonel Jay M. Holtermann graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 1994, receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant later that summer. In December 1997, he was designated a Naval Aviator and he completed initial training as a CH-53E Super Stallion pilot the following year.
Colonel Holtermann's operational experience: As a member of the 11th Marine
Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)), he participated
in OPERATION WARDEN with the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET).
In 2001, while assigned to the 15th MEU(SOC) and Task Force 58, he
participated in the initial phase of OPERATION SWIFT FREEDOM and OPERATION
ENDURING FREEDOM, flying assault support missions from the USS PELELIU, Camp
Rhino, and the expeditionary base at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. As a
member of Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), he flew the U.S.
President, government officials, and foreign heads of state. In 2008, he
deployed with the 13th MEU(SOC) which sailed directly to the Persian Gulf
and participated in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08 at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.
He next deployed with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 (HMH-466) to Al
Asad, Iraq in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 08.2. In 2011, Colonel
Holtermann assumed command of HMH-361 and deployed in support of OPERATION
ENDURING FREEDOM 12.2, a deployment that was challenged by the September
2012 insurgent attack on the flight line at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. After
a brief period as the Executive Officer of Marine Air Group 16 (MAG-16), he
assumed command of HMH-466, then forward deployed at Camp Bastion,
Afghanistan, in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 14.2. He also served
as the Commanding Officer of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task
Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 19.1 supporting
OPERATIONS FREEDOM SENTINAL and INHERENT RESOLVE.
Colonel Holtermann's staff assignments include: Assault Support Capabilities
Officer at the HQMC Capabilities Development Directorate where he marshaled
the MV-22 Block C/20 Capabilities Production Document and CH-53K Operational
Requirements Documents; Executive Officer at MAG-16; Chief of the
Commander's Initiatives Group for the Commander, United Nations Command /
ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command / U.S. Forces Korea.
Colonel Holtermann is a graduate of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course
offered at MAWTS-1 and a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College in
Newport, RI. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal,
Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy and Marine
Corps Commendation Medal with "V" device and three gold stars, Air Medal
with numeral 12, and the Combat Action Ribbon. Colonel Holtermann is
authorized to wear the Presidential Service Badge. He is also the recipient
of the Sikorsky Rescue Award and the Marine Corps Aviation Association 2002
Alfred A. Cunningham Aviator of the Year Award.