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Retired Green Beret Continues to Create a Strong Legacy in the Special Operations Community

Col. (Retired) Holloway is the Honorary Colonel of the Special Forces Regiment
Col. (Retired) Holloway is the Honorary Colonel of the Special Forces Regiment
Picture an elite American hero who makes tough decisions and completes the mission to keep us safe. This is what many Americans understand about what a Special Forces Soldier does. It is true that the men of the Special Forces are quiet professionals comprised of generations of elite Soldiers, but it is also a brotherhood of men who care deeply about the legacy and mentorship of its men. James L. “Hawk” Holloway, Jr. Col. (Retired) is one of those legacies. He spent 21 of his 30 years as an officer in the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command. He is a seasoned Green Beret, or as the younger Soldiers in the regiment call him, a “gray beard.” He is a wealth of knowledge and experience. He also has a huge heart for the Special Forces community. Spending much of his time mentoring the younger Green Berets and making sure that they and their families are taken care of. “It might sound corny, but it’s love for my regiment,” he said. “I had the privilege and honor to serve with the best Soldiers in the Army.” Holloway retired from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command nearly nine years ago, he continues to stay active in the community. He served on the Board of Directors for the Green Beret Foundation for about four years. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the foundation. He has helped make important decisions that affect the personal care and lives of many Soldiers and their families. Holloway is also a role player at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La. He mentors the younger generation of Green Berets using his experience and knowledge to help create scenario-based training. “He mentors everybody,” said John Bauer a former Soldier who worked as Holloway’s Plans Officer in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and a Joint Readiness Training Center role player. “He is very willing and eager to share his experiences with the younger guys to help them shape their way forward.”
Holloway with Special Forces Col. (Retired) George Latham. The two often discuss the way Special Forces Regiment's way forward.
Holloway with Special Forces Col. (Retired) George Latham. The two often discuss the way forward for the Special Forces Regiment.
He credits his leadership and management to numerous mentors. One in particular was Col. (Retired) Edward M. McDonald. “He was my Battalion Commander in 1st of the 5th Infantry and known to many as Col. Mac,” said Holloway. “One thing he said was, ‘people count.’ I keep those kinds of things in mind.” The strong legacy of the command can be attributed to his continued support and dedication through the Green Beret Foundation and mentorship to the younger Soldiers. “He is absolutely completely committed to making sure the boys are taken care of,” said John Bauer a former Soldier who worked as Holloway’s Plans Officer in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and a Joint Readiness Training Center role player. To learn more about the Green Beret Foundation go to http://www.greenberetfoundation.org/