2021 Hall of Fame Inductee
Hampton Institute (1952)
In 1952, Arthur Holmes Jr. commissioned and earned the title of second lieutenant in the Army. Holmes commissioned after his graduation from Hampton Institute, now known as Hampton University.
Immediately after his commissioning, Holmes was sent to the Korean War. Less than a decade after; he was in the Vietnam War. His service gained him a reputation of not only being a hard worker but an excellent one. During his second combat tour, he served as a battalion commander.
Holmes would go on to other roles including assignments in Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for logistics, Ordnance Branch of Chief Military Personnel Center, DISCOM Commander First Infantry Division, Assistant Division Commander for support. He was the Executive Officer for the Secretary of the Army and Commanding General Tank-Automotive Command before his retirement in 1987.
In his 35 years of service, Holmes was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. In 1999, he was inducted into the Ordnance Hall of Fame.
After his retirement, Holmes was an active member of his community. He worked as the vice president for Logistics Applications, president/CEO Automated Sciences Group, Commissioner, vice-chair and chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Board. He has also worked as the Director of Montgomery’s Department of Public Works and Transportation.
Holmes consistent commitment to service and dedication to helping others for several decades truly embodies “Leadership Excellence.”
About the Army ROTC Hall of Fame
The ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.
The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.