Captain Thomas T. Holme, Jr., USN (Ret)

Captain_Holme_PhotoCaptain Thomas T. Holme, Jr. was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Connecticut.  He entered the Navy in 1963 from the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Regular Program when he graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Later, in 1971, Captain Holme received a master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland.  He was elected to Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society while at the University of

Captain is a qualified submariner and a “proven sub specialist” in both Intelligence and Political/Military Strategic Planning.  He attended Submarine School, Defense Intelligence School, and the Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State.  Captain Holme completed the nine-month Postgraduate Intelligence Program at the Defense Intelligence School in 1969 and returned in 1984 to pursue Attaché training.  At the Foreign Service Institute, he completed Greek Language training in 1972 and Russian Language training in

Captain Holme has held a variety of assignments at sea and ashore.  His first overseas assignment was as Operations and Plans Officer with the Joint United States Military Aid Group, Greece from 1972 to 1974.  From 1974 to 1977, Captain Holme was Assistant Intelligence Officer for Commander Submarine Force, US Atlantic Fleet.  He is a qualified docking officer and, while in command of USS WATERFORD (ARD-5), from 1977 to 1979, served as Technical Advisor for the development of the first Docking Officer curriculum ever written.  Later, from 1980 to 1982, Captain Holme served first as Executive Officer of USS HOWARD W. GILMORE (AS-16), homeported in La Maddalena, Sardinia and then as Executive Officer of USS HOLLAND (AS-32), homeported in Holy Loch Scotland.  In 1982, he returned to Commander Submarine Force, US Atlantic Fleet as Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Special Security and Special Operations.

Following this assignment, Captain Holme served as Naval Attaché and Naval Attaché for Air, Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  In October 1986, Captain Holme was declared “persona non grata” by the Soviet Government and was expelled with his family in an act of political reciprocity.  From November 1986 until April 1989, Captain Holme was assigned as Assistant National Intelligence Officer for General Purpose Forces on the staff of The National Intelligence Council.  For his work there, the Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) awarded him the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.

Captain Holme spent his last two years on active duty as Commanding Officer, Recruit Training Command, Orlando.  During this assignment he became familiar with the Naval Junior ROTC Program by hosting units on their frequent orientation visits to the Navy’s only coed boot camp.  Following retirement, Captain Holme assumed duties as Senior Naval Science Instructor at Crystal River High School.  In addition to his responsibilities as SNSI, Captain Holme initiated a varsity swimming and diving program at CRHS and served as Head Coach until the 2005 season.

Captain Holme’s personal decorations include: the Legion of Merit with gold star; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal; the Joint Service Commendation Medal; and the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars.

Captain Holme is married to the former Joyce Ann Barrett of Lakeland, Florida.  They have three grown sons: Barrett, Thomas and John.

(Source: Crystal River High school Web page Archives)