Commanding Officer USCGC Tampa Commander J. Sky Holm

CDR J. Sky Holm

Commander J. Sky Holm, a native of Los Angeles, California, graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation and a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine License – Third Mate, Unlimited Tonnage.  On the same day of graduation, June 20th, 2005, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Coast Guard.

Commander Holm reported to CGC TAMPA from the Education and Training Quota Management Command (ETQC), where he served as Commanding Officer.  During his three-year tenure, ETQC contributed to providing a mission-ready total workforce by coordinating cutter pre-arrival training schedules, issuing orders for advanced training courses, adjudicating Tuition Assistance and Credentialing Assistance applications, processing degree entries for members’ records, fulfilling Joint Services Transcript requests, distributing education grants, and reviewing courses and rating requirements with the American Council on Education (ACE). 

Prior sea tours include Executive Officer, CGC VENTUROUS in St. Petersburg, Florida; Commanding Officer CGC KODIAK ISLAND in Key West, Florida; Weapons Officer CGC CHASE in San Diego, California; and Deck Watch Officer and Support Services Department Head aboard CGC ACTIVE in Port Angeles, Washington.

In his other shore assignment, Commander Holm served from 2012 to 2016 in FORCECOM’s Training Division at Coast Guard Headquarters.  As a Training Manager, he managed the Cutter Forces, Law Enforcement, and Marine Transportation Systems training programs.

Commander Holm holds a Master of Science degree in Instructional Systems from Florida State University.  His personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, in addition to various other awards.  In May, 2010, Commander Holm earned a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Master's License for vessels up to 1600 Gross Tons.   

Commander Holm and his wife, Ashley, have a seven-year old daughter, Carlisle Jayne, and a four-year old son, Chase.  Ashley is a Lieutenant Commander in the Coast Guard, serving as the Waterways Management Branch Chief at Sector Virginia.


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