|Holmes promoted to brigadier general
General Holmes represents excellence in the spirit and tradition of the citizen-soldiers who have long served Commonwealth and country, Governor Gilmore said. He has had a distinguished career in the National Guard. His promotion to general and appointment to a senior leadership position in the Department of Military Affairs assures that he will continue to serve the best interests of the citizens of the Commonwealth and the men and women of the National Guard.
General Holmes, who is African-American, is a urological surgeon in civilian life, with degrees from Virginia State University and a medical degree from Howard University. A 13-year veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard, he began his military career in 1963 as a lieutenant in the regular Army through the Reserve Office Training Corps at Virginia State.
Governor Gilmore promoted Holmes in a ceremony at the State Capitol, as the Governor did when he promoted Major General Claude Williams in 1998 and appointed him Adjutant General of Virginia.
In his full-time position in state headquarters at Fort Pickett, Holmes will have oversight of equal opportunity, head the Guard's Tuition Assistance Program, and coordinate state and federal legislative issues.
General Holmes's has served as commander of the Guard's medical detachment in Richmond, and as the Guard's Flight Surgeon. In his regular Army career, he served as a company commander with the Fourth Infantry Division.