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Chief Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) Keith Holt

Chief Holt is from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he graduated from Durango High School and briefly attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He enlisted in January 2005 and reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois and follow on training at NAS Pensacola, Florida for Naval Aircrew Candidate, Aviation Rescue Swimmer, and Aviation Warfare Systems Operator “A” Schools.  After completion, he was advanced to Petty Officer Third Class.  In December 2005 he reported to NAS North Island, California for survival and escape training, advanced oceanography and fleet replacement aircrew training in the SH-60F and HH-60H with the “Warhawks” of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Ten where he was awarded Honor Graduate and his Naval Aircrewman Wings. 

In October 2006, he reported to the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Four as a Rescue Swimmer, Acoustic Sensor Operator, Tactical Systems Operator and was also advanced to Petty Officer Second Class.  He completed four deployments in the Arabian and Persian Gulfs aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and flew humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Fengshen in June 2008.

His next assignment in January 2011 was to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eight Five as an HH-60H Crew Chief and GAU-17/M-240 Door Gunner.  He was selected as part of the initial cadre to re-establish the “Firehawks” as the Navy’s Dedicated Special Operations Forces Support squadron.  While assigned, he was advanced to Petty Officer First Class, completed three deployments, several Joint/Combined International Exercises and numerous detachments as part of the Special Operations Command, Pacific Maritime Crisis Response Force.

In August 2016, he was assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School, Pacific as a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor.  Here he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and oversaw the administration of the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Program, the Crew Served Weapons Courses, and the Helicopter Advanced Readiness Program for Pacific Fleet Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons.  He also deployed to Somalia as part of the Special Operations Command, Horn of Africa Personnel Recovery Task Force

His next tour in February 2020 was back with the “Firehawks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eight Five serving as the Detachment One Leading Chief Petty Officer, Tactics LCPO, and Operations LCPO, while also filling the billet as the Aircrew Senior Chief Petty Officer.  He completed two more deployments in the Indo-Pacific area of operations, conducting Joint Combat Search and Rescue, and Close Air Support training exercises with Republic of Korea Special Operations Forces, and Flexible Deterrent Operations with Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Indo-Pacific in the East China Sea aboard the USS Miguel Keith.

Chief Holt is currently assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Pacific for a second tour, as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader.  He has accumulated over 3,900 hours of flight in the H-60F/H/R/S aircraft, is a graduate Senior Enlisted Academy at Newport, Rhode Island, and has been awarded various unit and campaign medals.  Chief Holt is married to his wife Kimberley, and has three sons, Zavier, Alec and Cody.


Last Updated: 2 April 2024

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