Kentucky Air Guard recognizes Chief Holliman for career of dedicated service

Story by Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Chief Master Sgt. Veronica J. Holliman was recognized for more than 24 years of dedicated service to the Air National Guard recently.

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Brig. Gen. Michael Dornbush, chief of joint staff for Joint Forces Headquarters-Kentucky presents Chief Master Sgt. Veronica J. Holliman with a Meritorious Service Medal during her retirement ceremony at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., on Aug 13. Chief Holliman served the Air National Guard with distinction for more than 24 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dennis Flora)

Holliman, who was presented with a Meritorious Service Medal for career accomplishments during her retirement ceremony here Aug. 13, most recently served as superintendent of base services for the 123rd Force Support Squadron.

She joined the Alabama Air National Guard in 1987 and spent her first nine years working with finance.  In 1996 she moved over the Alabama Guard’s 187th Services Flight as services technician. In 2003 she accepted the position as services superintendent for the Kentucky Air National Guard.

Holliman served for many years at the national level in the services career field as the Secretary of both the Air National Guard Services Association and the Services Field Advisory Council.  She was later elected and served as the vice president of both organizations.

Holliman was an evaluator for the Air National Guard Staff Assistance Visit Team and numerous exercise evaluation teams, and augmented both the Air Combat Command and Air Mobility Command Inspector General teams during Operational Readiness Inspections.  She also became a certified instructor and assisted with re-writing several courses for the Air Guard services career field, including readiness in base service, food management and mortuary affairs.

Holliman’s supervisor, Lt. Col Kathryn Pfeifer, praised the senior NCO for her dedication and leadership.

“She will be sorely missed because she contributed so much, had a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience in the services career field,” said Pfeifer, former commander of the 123rd Force Support Squadron. “ She’ll not only be missed by the Kentucky Air National Guard, but the Air National Guard in general, because she contributed a lot to other units by helping out as an evaluator and providing guidance on how to get through inspections with outstanding marks.”

“Chief Holliman was a great leader for the troops in the Services Flight. She set a professional example and encouraged younger troops to do their best, honoring and acknowledging them when they had exceptional work performance.”

Chief Holliman’s awards and decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal.

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