Welcome to my my “about us” page on my website, Part-Time-Commander.com. I appreciate you stopping by.
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. I also sell stuff on eBay. I work from home in my pajamas with my wife and love it.
My Military Career
I was born in the mid-west, 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 am blessed to have amazing parents.
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 real-life experience and discipline, and have some fun. Boy did it ever!
After high school, I went to college for one semester at the University of Southern Maine. When the semester finished, I shipped off for Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
I graduated Basic Training 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 hard and wasn’t focused on my academics. I wasn’t the best Cadet (I was VERY rough around the edges to say the least), but I did earn my commission. I was commissioned as a 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 Infantry Division).
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.
It was during my time at Fort Carson that I was fortunate enough to find a mentor. His name was Gus Perna. He is now a retired 4-Star Army General. He was my Battalion Commander at the time. He taught me how to be a winner, a leader, and warrior. He awakened the Inner Giant that had been dormant inside of me. I am eternally grateful for his mentorship. Who knows where I would be today had we not crossed paths.
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 of the military and trying to save my marriage.
I spent about 18-months in the IRR and realized 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).
Leaving the Military
I resigned from the Maryland Army National Guard and transitioned to 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. 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 were 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 good officer and took great pride in everything I did.
Life After the Military
I am now a happy entrepreneur. As a civilian, I am an author, blogger, network marketer, and treasure hunter. Most days I hang out with my wife all day at home. I love it.
I have NO boss, no commute, and I get to work in my pajamas every day. Not bad compared to staff work! I’m by no means rich (I’m working on that), 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 blessed to work from home and own our lives.
I must 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)!
A Few Things About Me
Here are a few other things about me that you might find interesting.
- I am 46-years young (as of NOV 2023).
- I grew up in small town Skowhegan, Maine and have loving parents.
- I am a Red personality, with a touch of blue and green.
- I am competitive and focused.
- I enjoy going to yard sales, flea markets, and thrift stores with my wife.
- I’m the author of approximately 20 books and about 100 training programs and reports.
- I have a Master’s Degree in Management.
- I am a Certified Small Business Coach.
- I’ve been a selling on eBay for about 18 years; you can check out my eBay store here.
- I own two websites that I update frequently.
- I spent just over 15-years in the Army and Army National Guard; resigning as an Army Major.
- Combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Kosovo).
- I enjoy reading, treasure hunting, writing, and watching funny movies.
- I live in Homosassa, FL with my wife Rachel.
- I am a NIGHT OWL, never call me before 10 a.m. in the morning (LOL).
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. If you have questions or need to get in touch with me, my best email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a wonderful day. Hooah!