BG Frank B. Holman was born in Lakewood, NJ. In 1948 he graduated from Lakewood High School. He had success in both his civilian and military careers.
His post-high school education included a Bachelor of Science in education from Villanova University in 1952 and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance in 1958. He had U.S. Air Force basic and primary flying training at Bartow Air Force Base, Fla., from 1952 to 1953 and combat crew training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, in 1953 and attended Industrial College of Armed Forces in 1980. Mr. Holman’s military career began when he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952 as a 2nd lieutenant. After pilot training at Bartow, he was stationed at Loring Air Force Base, where he flew approximately 1,000 hours in the B-36 aircraft. He was then assigned to the 512th Air Force Reserve Troop Carrier Wing in Delaware, where he performed duties as a C-119 pilot. He had also served as the command post chief for the 514th Troop Carrier Wing, McGuire Air Force Base. From 1975 to 1980, he was commander of the 111th DASC, Willow Grove NAS, Pa. From there, he was transferred to the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, where he took command as the assistant director of operations. Before being appointed to his last position, Brig. Gen. Holman was the deputy commander for the N.J. Air National Guard. Brig. Gen. Holman’s performance in combat and other services had earned him the Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two Hourglass Devices, and the Small Arms Expert Pistol/Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon.
Mr. Holman’s professional career began in 1958. He was a teacher of history and English and a football coach for the Lakewood Board of Education from 1958 to 1960. He had 32 years of experience in government and corporate management, which included labor negotiations, marketing and daily operations for sizeable organizations. He was employed by Ocean County had been in several capacities: personnel director from 1960 to 1963; employee relations department director from 1973 to 1976; and Ocean County Administration chief executive officer from 1976 to 1982. He was executive vice president of Barrier Systems Inc., Toms River. Mr. Holman served as executive director and chairman of the N.J. Republican State Committee and executive director of the N.J. Turnpike Authority. He was a Jackson Township committeeman and mayor from 1960 to 1964. He served as Republican state chairman during Gov. Kean’s administration. He also served as political consultant to the successful gubernatorial campaign of Christie Whitman. He died Friday, Dec. 2, 2005 at Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood. Until his death, he was the president of Frank B. Holman Associates, a firm dedicated to government liaison, political consulting and campaign management.