Major-General (Retired) D. Fraser Holman, CD

Biography / January 24, 2012

Born in Toronto in 1943, Major-General (Retired) Holman grew up in Ottawa and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Kingston, Ontario, in 1965. He was appointed as Honorary Colonel of Canadian Forces College in November 2011.

Honorary Colonel Holman's military career spanned 35 years and alternated between operational and educational assignments. Initially, he was an instructor pilot on T-33 trainers at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, next on the CF-104 Starfighter with a four-year tour as a reconnaissance pilot in Baden-Soellingen, Germany, then at the 1CAG Headquarters in Lahr,Germany.

Returning to Canada in 1974, Honorary Colonel Holman was assigned as an Assistant Professor of mathematics at the RMC for three years. Next he attended the CF Command and Staff Course in Toronto, before returning to Germanyand the CF-104 — this time in the ground-attack role. This was to become a four-year tour as he was promoted lieutenant-colonel in 1980 and appointed Commanding Officer of 421 (Red Indian) Squadron.

In 1982 Honorary Colonel Holman returned to Toronto and the Command and Staff College, where he covered four different assignments over six years. He was promoted to colonel in 1986 and finished his time there as Director of Air Studies, as well as Director of Unified Studies. Returning to fighters in 1988, he was appointed Commander of BFC Bagotville, Quebec, a CF-18 Wing for a glorious two-year tour.

Honorary Colonel Holman was promoted to brigadier-general in 1990 and assigned as the (last) Deputy Chief of Staff Operations at the 4th Allied Tactical Air Force at Heidelberg, Germany. Next, he was reassigned in 1993 to HQ NORAD, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He served as Vice-Director of Plans, then Deputy Commander of the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Centre, before being promoted to major-general in 1995 and becoming the J-3, Director of Operations, for NORAD.

He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1996 and returned to live in Toronto. He established himself in a consulting business and from 1997 to 2011 worked in support of the Canadian Forces College as a senior mentor and facilitator. He shared in the development and implementation of two advanced courses in senior officer professional development — the Advanced Military Studies Course, and the National Security Studies Course – which have now been replaced by the National Security Programme. His time at CFC now totals 21 years.

Honorary Colonel Holman accumulated over 3600 hours of pilot-in-command time, primarily on the CF-18, CF-104 and the T-33. His education includes a BSc in Mathematics and Physics (1965) and an MSc in Mathematics and Operations Research (1978) both from RMC, and an MA in International Relations (1987) from York University, Toronto.

Honorary Colonel Holman has served as a Director and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies as well as a Director of the Atlantic Council of Canada. He is a member of the Strategic Studies Working Group of the Canadian International Council as well as the Aircrew Association in Toronto, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto, the Conference of Defence Associations Institute in Ottawa, the Air Force Association of Canada, and the Canadian Air and Space Museum in Toronto.

In 2000 he wrote a monograph entitled NORAD in the New Millennium, published by Irwin.

Honorary Colonel Holman is married to the former Sandra Hayter of Ottawa; they have two adult sons and six grandchildren.

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