Col. Mark Holler
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A native of Florida, Colonel Holler graduated from the University of North Florida in 1992 as a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned into the Air Defense Artillery Corps. His military education includes the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate), US Army Jumpmaster Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Air Command and Staff

Course, and the Army War College (Distinguished Graduate).

COL Holler's initial assignment was with the 1st Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart Georgia as a Vulcan Platoon Leader, Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle (BSFV) Platoon Leader, and Battery Executive Officer.

Upon graduation from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course in 1996, COL Holler was assigned to Fort Bragg and served as an Air Defense Fire Coordination Officer in the 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment, and then as an Assistant S3 and Battery Commander in 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery, 82nd Airborne Division. Following command, he served as an Observer Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk Louisiana from 1999 to 2001.

COL Holler returned to Fort Bragg in 2001 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2002, serving as a CJ3 Battle Captain for CJTF-180. In 2003 COL Holler deployed to Kuwait and Iraq where he served as an Army Liaison Officer to the 1st Marine Division during the initial invasion and early occupation phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

After graduating from the Air Command and Staff College in 2005, COL Holler returned to Fort Bragg where he served as the XVIII Airborne Corps G3 Chief of Operations, and then as the Battalion S3 for the 82nd Airborne Division Special Troops Battalion. In 2007 he deployed to Afghanistan and served as a Brigade Task Force S3 in Regional Command -- East. COL Holler then served as the Brigade S3 and Deputy Commanding Officer, 108th ADA Brigade at Fort Bragg from 2008 to 2010.

While stationed at Fort Hood from July 2010 to June 2013, COL Holler commanded 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery and served as the Deputy Commanding Officer, 69th ADA Brigade, deploying twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Following graduation from the US Army War College in 2014, COL Holler was assigned as the ACoS, G3 for the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss, TX. He then served as Commander, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade in Korea from June 2015 to June 2017. Following brigade command, he served as the Executive Officer to the Army Inspector General from June 2017-July 2018 and Director, HQDA G-3/5/7 DAMO-Fires from July 2018 -- April 2019. COL Holler served as the 43rd Commandant of the U.S Army Defense Artillery School and Chief of Air Defense Artillery from May 2019 -- February 2020.

COL Holler's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (4 OLC), Bronze Star (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), and Joint Service Commendation Medal. His badges include the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.