War and Terrorism
Major General, U.S. Air Force (retired), Adjunct Professor, College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma
Ethics: The Inaugural Symposium of the Rock Ethics Institute
Conference, March 14-16, 2002
Nittany Lion Inn
War and Terrorism
Major General Jerry D. Holmes is Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering, University of Oklahoma. He has a Bachelor of Science in geological engineering, and a Master of Science in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a graduate of the National War College and the Harvard University Senior Executives Program in National and International Security.
General Holmes flew 135 combat missions in Vietnam. He has commanded a combat fighter wing as well as the U.S. and NATO AWACS. General Holmes was Chief of Staff, deputy commander, and senior American officer of the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force, an international command in Heidelberg Germany. He also served as Commander of the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force with headquarters in Belgium. His command consisted of personnel from 12 nations and bases throughout Europe from Norway to Turkey.
General Holmes is a command pilot with more than 5000 flying hours in seventeen types of aircraft including F-15s, F-16s, F-111s, RF-4s, RF-101s, and AWACS. His military decorations and awards include the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
He serves as a member of the Board of Visitors, College of Engineering, The University of Oklahoma. He is also past Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the College of Engineering Distinguished Graduates Society and the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame. He is military advisor to U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe and Chairman of the Senator's Veteran's Task Force. Since 1997, he has served as Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma where he developed and teaches his course, "Leadership and Management for Engineers."