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 would join 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 discipline, and have some fun.
After high school, I went to college for one semester at the University of Southern Maine. When that finished the semester, 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 National 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 focused on my academics. 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 several 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 about 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. I’ve been a full-time civilian ever since, and I’m loving it.
Now, I know what you’re thinking right now. Why didn’t I stay in and finish my time and retire with a pension? 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 happy entrepreneur. As a civilian, I am an author, blogger, and treasure hunter. I’m even an Avon Dude. You can shop my Avon store here. 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. Best of all, my wife does this with me. She doesn’t need a job either. We are truly blessed.
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, 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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