About Us

Welcome to my website, Part-Time-Commander.com.  On this page, I would like to take a moment and tell you a little bit about myself.

My name is Charles Holmes.  My friends call me Chuck.  I hope you will do the same thing.

I am the webmaster and publisher of this website.  I also own one other very successful blog in the home business niche.

By day, I am full-time professional blogger.  That’s how I make my living.

I was born in Nebraska, but grew up in small town Maine.  I grew up hunting, fishing, wrestling, snowmobiling, spending time with my friends and family, and enjoying the quiet life that Maine had to offer.  I had a wonderful childhood and was blessed to have very loving parents (Harold and Helen Holmes).

I enlisted in the Army on my 18th birthday, in June 1995, right after graduating from Skowhegan Area High School. During high school, I knew I was going to go into the military.  To be honest with you, I didn’t have lots of other options, or any real type of game plan.

I figured the Army would give me the opportunity to travel the world, educate myself, get some life experience and have some fun.

Major Charles HolmesAfter high school, I went to college for one semester at the University of Southern Maine. When that finished, I shipped off for Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

I graduated Boot Camp and completed my AIT (71L: Admin Specialist) in early 1996 and then returned home to Maine.  After spending a few months in Maine as a Reservist, I decided to switch from the Army Reserve to the Active Duty Army.

My first assignment was with the Old Guard, the 3rd U.S. Infantry, where I got plenty of awesome experience doing ceremonies in Arlington Cemetery and in the greater Washington D.C. area.  After spending 2+ years in the Old Guard I decided to pursue the Army’s Green to Gold Program.

I attended the Clarkson University R.O.T.C. Program and graduated from SUNY Potsdam, in upstate New York.

My college experience is a bit of a blur.  I partied pretty hard and wasn’t real focused on school.  I wasn’t the best Cadet (I was pretty rough around the edges), but I did earn my commission.  I was commissioned as an Active Duty Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps in May 2000.

After completing my Quartermaster Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, VA, I shipped off to Fort Carson, Colorado and had the honor of serving in the 64th Forward Support Battalion (part of 4th ID).

While in that unit I served as Platoon Leader (two different platoons) and Battalion S4.  I also deployed to Iraq in support of OIF1.  While at Fort Carson, I earned my Master’s Degree in Management from Troy State University.

After returning home from Iraq in September 2003, I resigned my commission in hopes of saving my marriage (we ended up divorcing).  I have no regrets getting out and trying to making it work.

I spent about 18 months in the IRR and realized that I missed serving my country. Since going back on Active Duty was not an option for me at that time, I decided to join the Maryland Army National Guard in May 2005.

My time in the Maryland Army National Guard was a great experience.  I served in different positions such as Company XO, Shop Officer, G4 Plans Officer, SSA Accountable Officer, Fuel Officer, Company Commander, Regimental S4 and Regimental S3 Officer.

I moved up through the ranks quickly from 1LT to MAJ in five years.  While serving in the Maryland Army National Guard, I spent approximately 17 months on a deployment to Kosovo (Operation Enduring Freedom).

I resigned from the Maryland Army National Guard into the IRR in 2011.  I spent one year in the IRR before resigning my commission officially.

Now, I know what you’re thinking right now.  Why didn’t I stay in and finish my time?  People ask me that question all the time so I figured I’d take a moment and answer it.

I resigned my commission for personal reasons.  You can read my reasons here.  To be quite frank with you, I had a promising career ahead of me, but my heart was no longer in it.  I loved my country (and still do), but I wasn’t happy with the way the military and government was heading.

Please note that I got promoted to Major at minimum time in grade and had top block OERs.  I don’t say this to brag. I just want to clarify that I was never passed over for promotion or forced out. I was a damn good officer and took great pride in everything I did.

I am now a civilian (and love it!). As a civilian, I am an author, business coach, professional blogger, internet marketer and Network Marketing Professional.  I make my full-time living from home.

I have NO boss, no commute, and I get to work in my pajamas.  Not bad compared to staff work!  I’m by no means rich, but I call my own shots and live life on my own terms. I’m definitely living the laptop lifestyle.  And that’s good enough for me.

I have to tell you that the satisfaction I get from mentoring people through this website is 100 times more satisfaction than I had while wearing the uniform.  I can do things on a grander scale now, say what I want, and help thousands of people at the same time. It’s the best of both worlds.

Plus, I have no boss (other than my wife, LOL)!

My hobbies include writing, reading, blogging, public speaking, network marketing, running, selling on eBay, food, family and funny movies. I live in Homosassa, Florida with my wife Rachel.  I have a 15 year old son from my first marriage.  I’m currently 40 years old.

I would like to personally thank you for your service to our great country and I hope you find the information on my website helpful.

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4 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. C RATIONS
    Good Blog. You failed to mention LRRP Rations which were primarily dehydrated rice and some mystery meat in a plastic bag. They were probably the precursor of MREs. In addition, in Vietnam we were also issued a “Supplemental Box” on a random basis. I probably do not have the correct nomenclature. None-the-less, it was intended for 100 PAX for some stipulated period of time and included pens, paper, chewing tobacco (Beach Nut, I think), cartons of cigarettes (I took the Salems because I didn’t want the Vietnamese to have them), cigars (Swisher Sweets, I think), envelopes, gum, candy, and I don’t remember what all. They were nice to receive. We probably received them because we had no PX facilities available.

    C rations were also produced for ethnic consumption. The one I remember the most came with chop sticks and canned Kimchi. I got to really like it. When I buy Kimchi now, my wife makes me eat it outside. It stinks, and it does a great job of clearing out your sinuses.

    As i remember, C rats had a “use by dates” on the carton of 12. I have eaten many C rats beyond the “use by dates”. I still have an OD (Olive Drab) C rats can (probably from a B 2 Unit) on my desk. I use it to keep Paper clips. OH, there were more meals in a carton of 12 than there were P-38s. Three or four P-38s per carton. Once you had obtained your P-38, you were supposed to keep it for future use. Many vets still carry one on their key chains today. Mine was made by Shelby, who, I have been told, also made car bodies.

    Enough history for now. I hope my memories are correct.
    N E “Gus” Thomas

  2. Good Day Sir (Chuck),
    I recently read your listed reasons for resigning your commission after fifteen years good service. I must say that I believe you covered most of the reasons officers or NCOs consider “getting out” of any of the uniformed services prior to being qualified for a retirement. A few of your reasons resonated with me more than others, but all are worthy considerations.
    I also never liked the “good ol’ boy” system. That being said, the “system” also exists in the civilian world. But civilian “good ol boys” (other than law enforcement type “good ol’ boys) do not generally have the life or death impact that can be found in the armed services.
    In one manner, I was lucky. After about 13 years of service, including about 12 commissioned years with two (2) one-year tours in Vietnam, I received my pink slip thanking me for 13 years service. “Wait a moment”, I said. “What are my options”? I was told I could re-enlist at my highest held enlisted grade. I did so as an E-5.
    I spent an additional 18 years in service (PAARNG), attained the rank of 1SG, and retired as a CPT, which was the highest commissioned grade I ever held. During my service I received the following: CIB, SR Paratrooper Badge, BS w/V, PH w/2d OLC (I was a slow learner), AM w/#3 (I think), Vietnamese SR Paratrooper Badge, VCR w/8 campaigns, Royal Lao SR Paratrooper Badge, and a host of other been there/ done that awards. But NOTHING was as rewarding as working with troops.
    Since my retirement I have joined the South Carolina State Guard (an unpaid military force directed by the SC TAG with the SC Govenor as our Commander and Chief) as a CPT. I am still a CPT. Over all, I have had quite a career and could probably write a book. I ALSO LEARNED A LOT. 1. Don’t ask a question if you don’t want to hear the answer. 2. Listen to you NCOs. 3. Pick your battles – and maintain your standards. 4. Lies must be remembered, one does not have to remember the truth.
    Opps. I have more to say but the boss calls. We will celebrate our 46 anniversary next year and I have come to know that I owe her more than I can ever return! Thank you for your time and consideration. Have a great Holiday Season.
    VR,
    Normand E Thomas
    CPT (Ret), AUS

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