Col Holzworth was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After graduating from the University of Virginia, he attended Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in April 1983 and designated a Naval Aviator in 1985.
Serving 27 years in the Marine Corps, Colonel Holzworth held several leadership billets in Marine tactical squadrons, deploying 6 times on both the west coast and east coast aboard Navy amphibious ships as part of an Air Combat Element. Additionally, he has held upper level staff billets on the Joint Staff and at Headquarters Marine Corps.
Colonel Holzworth commanded both at the Squadron and Group level in the Greater Pensacola area: Helicopter Training Squadron 18 and Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21. During his Marine Corps career, he participated in: Just Cause, Desert Shield/Storm, Haiti, Bosnia with UN and NATO Forces, Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as support actions in Afghanistan.
Retiring as Chief of Staff, 2nd Marine Air Wing, in 2010, he returned to Pensacola. In 2012, he led a local fund-raising effort for the placement of a Marine Aviation Memorial in the Pensacola Veteran’s Memorial Park in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Marine Aviation.
In May of 2015, he assumed the duties of Commandant of the Marine Corps League J. R. Spears Detachment #066 Pensacola, Florida.
The Intent and Vision of Success for the 2015 year of the Marine Corps League is to organize,
restructure staff/effort, and plan community service events which promotes and demonstrates the Espirt de Corps
of the League while effectively contributing to the community. In this effort, the League will focus internally on restructuring
the staff and staff actions in order to capture better community results; executing events in the Marine Corps "Can Do" fashion not only
heightens the return to the community, but also galvanizes the Membership's Espirit de Corps and joy.
The Vision of Success is clear; greater contributions through greater organization of effort and planning begets uplifting results
and a MCL which is a valuable and contributing organization...
Bottom Line: the Joy of giving back is realized and MCL Membership grows: The Mission is Membership.