Military news: Holt named commander

Published 12:10 am Sunday, July 24, 2016

Capt. Justin L. Holt of Salisbury was named Commander of Fox Forward Support Battery 2-32 Field Artillery Regiment, 101st DIVARTY, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky., on June 24.

Holt was a member of the South Rowan JROTC program throughout his high school career where he served as battalion commander during his senior year. He was also the recipient of the Legion of Valor Award in 2004. After joining the National Guard in 2004 he received his infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga. Shortly thereafter, his Guard unit was deployed for a year’s tour in Iraq.

Holt received an ROTC commission from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2010 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

His first duty station was at Ft. Carson, Colo., with the 4th Infantry Division, 4th Squadron of the 10th Cavalry known as the “Buffalo Soldiers.” Hunter Army Airfield was his second duty station with the 3rd Infantry Division where he served as Echo Company executive officer. At Hunter he also served as Squadron S4 with the 17th Cavalry Regiment.

After attending Logistics Captains Career Course he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault.)

Holt has deployed twice more. Once he was in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn with the 4th Infantry Division and the second was in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 3rd Infantry Division. Holt’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, The Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star,) Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars,) Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the NATO Service Medal.

Holt is married to Julie Holt of Pembroke and is the son of Eunice and Terry Holt of Salisbury.

Basic training graduate

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class John E. Hinson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Hinson is the son of Angela and John Hinson of Salisbury.

He is a 2010 graduate of Jesse C. Carson High School.