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Col. Holmes to take command of 4th Wing

By Sam Atkins
Published in News on June 25, 2004 2:01 PM

A new commander of the 4th Fighter Wing will be arriving in August.

Col. James Holmes has been assigned to replace the current commander, Brig. Gen. Eric J. Rosborg, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Rosborg has been the 4th Fighter Wing commander since August 2002. He will be reassigned to the Pentagon, the Air Force's senior leader management office announced Thursday.

Brig. Gen. Eric J. Rosborg


Rosborg commanded the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing last year during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The wing had a total of 148 aircraft in eight squadrons and 6,500 airmen. Seymour Johnson contributed 48 F-15Es and around 1,900 airmen to the wing.

He received the 2004 Moller Trophy this month, which is the top wing commander award from Air Combat Command. It recognizes the wing commander who has demonstrated the most effective leadership to achieve and maintain the wing's combat effectiveness. He has also helped Seymour Johnson win many other awards.

His new assignment will be special assistant for warfighting headquarters implementation, Office of the Vice Chief of Staff, at the Pentagon.

Col. James Holmes


Col. Holmes will come to Seymour Johnson from commanding the 14th Operations Group at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. This will be his first assignment at Seymour Johnson.

A change of command ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 16.

The 14th Operations Group conducts pilot training for the U.S. Air Force and international officers, using a fleet of T-37, T-38 and T-1 aircraft and flight simulators, according to the base's Web site.

Holmes' command includes six squadrons and over 1,700 officers, civilians, enlisted and contractors. He entered the Air Force through Officer's Training School in 1981 and is a command pilot with over 3,000 flying hours in the F-15.

His other assignments include serving as chief of the Strategy, Concepts and Doctrine Division at Air Force Headquarters; commander of the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va.; and air operations officer and crisis action planner, Operations Directorate, Headquarters, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.

His major awards and decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Army Commendation Medal; and Air Force Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters.