The United States Navy

Vice Admiral Gordon S. Holder
United States Navy
Director for Logistics, J-4, The Joint Staff

VAdm. Holder portrait
Vice Admiral Gordon S. Holder, United States Navy, is the Director for Logistics, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He assumed this position September 4, 2001.
Vice Adm. Holder is a native of Camden, N.J., and a 1968 graduate of Florida State University. He received his commission upon completion of Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., in October 1968.

Vice Adm. Holder's sea duty includes USS William C. Lawe (DD 763) as First Lieutenant and Combat Information Center Officer, USS Brumby (DE 1044) as Operations Officer, USS Boulder (LST 1190) as Chief Engineer, and USS Hermitage (LSD 34) as Executive Officer. His first command at sea was USS Inflict (MSO 456) in 1980, with subsequent commanding officer afloat tours in USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and USS Austin (LPD 4). Afloat staff tours were with Commander Seventh Fleet/ Commander Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command as Fleet Exercises and Amphibious Warfare Officer, and with Amphibious Group Two as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans.

Shore tours include Aide to the Commandant Sixth Naval District/Commander Naval Base Charleston, Company Officer and Special Assistant to the Commandant, U.S. Naval Academy, and Assistant Surface Commander Assignments Officer, Naval Military Personnel Command. In 1980, Vice Adm. Holder graduated with distinction from the Air Command and Staff College at Air University, Montgomery Ala. While there, he earned a Master of Science Degree from Troy State University.

Vice Adm. Holder was selected for promotion to Adm. in December 1993. His first assignment as a flag officer was as Commander Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific/Commander Naval Base Pearl Harbor. In November 1996, he became the third Commander Naval Doctrine Command where he remained until he assumed command of Amphibious Group Two in mid-1997. He became Commander, Military Sealift Command in February 1999. Vice Adm. Holder was promoted to his current grade in March 2000 while serving as Commander, Military Sealift Command.
Vice Adm. Holder's decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and various service and campaign awards.
Updated: 5 August 2002