Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Information Warfare Development , Royal Marines
Col Holmes joined the Royal Marines in 1987 and specialised as a Communications Officer in 1995. Having returned from Operations in Afghanistan as SO1 IX (PJHQ), Col Holmes completed appointments in Fleet Ops and MOD (Cap CCII) where he had responsibilities for Joint C2 Applications. A period in NCHQ followed as SO1 IM/IX and Chief Staff for Navy IW before promotion to OF5 and a further period deployed in a J2 specialist role. More recently Col Holmes has served in the MOD’s Directorate of Defence Communications (DDC) as the Chief of Staff, a further operational tour as the Chief of Combined and Joint Effects (CJE) for the EU’s counter-migration mission (Op LITTEN/SOPHIA). He assumed his current role in 2018.