While serving more than 28 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Jeff Holder's service as an AH-1 Cobra helicopter pilot included many global tours and combat in Desert Storm before his retirement as a colonel.

He joined the Brunswick Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol a little less than a year ago, and was recently promoted to lieutenant colonel by the regional commander in recognition of his distinguished military career. In the squadron, he serves as the assistant safety officer, and currently as aircrew mission scanner on the Sundown Patrol.

Having recently obtained his FAA fixed-wing pilot certificate, he will complete the Civil Air Patrol qualification required to become a mission pilot in the squadron. He currently works as the senior marine instructor for the U.S. Marine Corps Junior ROTC program at Glynn Academy.

Pictured are Lt. Col. Jeff Holder, left, and Major Roy Scarborough, squadron commander.