Chuck Holmes

Chuck Holmes is a former Army Major and combat veteran. Chuck is a successful blogger, author and entrepreneur. He lives in sunny Florida with his wife, Rachel.

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Army Bar to Reenlistment: What You Should Know

Today, I’d like to take a few minutes to educate you on the Army Bar to Reenlistment. This post is a collection of information I found online. All sources are cited. Enjoy. What is a Bar to Reenlistment? If you’ve spent any time in the Army, I’m pretty sure you know what a Bar to …

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Army Physical Fitness Training Unit NCOIC: Interview with 1SG Luzzi, 106th Army Band

Today’s interview is with 1SG Tony Luzzi of the 106th Army Band. He is going to share his experience while serving as the Army Physical Fitness Training Unit NCOIC. I hope you enjoy the interview.  What job did you have and who did you serve with and when? Through my years in the 106th Army …

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Army Cyber Assessment Mission Coordinator Interview

In today’s article, we are going to interview MAJ Michael Kane about his experience as an Army Cyber Assessment Mission Coordinator. Mike is a friend of mine and I know you will get a ton of value from this interview. Army Cyber Assessment Mission Coordinator Thanks for the interview today, Mike. We have eight questions …

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Army Cyber Operations Officer Interview: 91st Cyber Brigade

In today’s post, we are going to do a guest interview with MAJ Michael Kane, an Army Cyber Operations Officer with the 91st Cyber Brigade at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Army Cyber Operations Officer Interview Mike, it’s a pleasure to interview you again. I always enjoy learning about your military experience. I know this interview is …

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Toxic Army Leadership: Surviving Toxic Army Units

Today, I want to write about toxic Army leadership. I hope this information will INFLUENCE all Army leaders, regardless of their rank, to improve, and become the best leader possible. I was fortunate enough in my Army career to work with EXCEPTIONAL leaders and TOXIC leaders. I learned a lot from both types of leaders. …

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Anna Mae Hays: The First Female Army General Officer

Today, I want to do a short post on the first female Army General Officer: Anna Mae Hays. I’m going to talk briefly about her background and military experience. Rewind the clock nearly fifty years, way back to 1970, and Anna Mae Hays became the first female in the U.S. Armed Forces (not just the …

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Before You Deploy: Top 10 Things You Should Do

In today’s post, I want to share 10 things to do before you deploy.  If you’re serving in today’s military, there is a good chance you will deploy at some point.  Preparation is key.  You should be mentally, physically, financially and spiritually prepared at all times, so you can deploy, get the mission done, and …

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Army Leadership Principles for Officers and NCOs

Today, I want to share some basic Army leadership principles with you. I found these 11 Army leadership principles on a little cardboard tri-fold brochure published by the 1st Army, sometime around WW2. I read it several times and realized the information is just as relevant today as it was nearly 70-years ago. These Army …

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From Bad Army Officer to Top Block Army Officer: My Story of How I Did It

I want to keep it real with you today. It pains me to write this for the world to read, but I know that it will help at least one other fellow Army Officer, so it’s worth it. My journey to becoming a competent and proficient Army Officer was a long road. I was one …

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Military Police Platoon Leader in the 10th Mountain Division: My Experience

Guest post – Dominick Fuentes Recently, Brigade Special Troops Battalions (BSTBs) have transitioned to Brigade Engineer Battalions (BEBs).  Before this shift, Military Police (MP) platoons were assigned (by MTOE) to Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) one each.  Those who’ve been a minority MOS in a unit will likely relate to my platoon leader (PL) experience with …

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