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COL (Ret.) Earl J. Holliman (1997)

COL (Ret.) Earl Holliman, formerly the Army spectrum manager, Directorate of Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications and Computers, served the Army for 47 years. From 1940-1968, he was an Army Signal officer, commanding 21st Signal Service Company, 304th Signal Battalion and 516th Signal Group, retiring as a colonel. His service included radio communications/Signal officer for GEN Douglas MacArthur.

As an Army civilian employee, he developed radio regulatory policy, agreements and management practices for Army spectrum planning, acquisition and use worldwide. For 13 years, he was principal adviser to DISC4 for all spectrum policy, technical and procedural matters. He is also a former director of the Army’s Communications-Electronics Services Agency, supporting Army major commands worldwide for radio regulatory, frequency assignment and supportability, Signal operating instructions and telecommunications procedures.

Internationally, COL Holliman looked after Army interests in spectrum use, impacted by treaties and agreements of more than 160 nations. He was a U.S. delegate to world radio communications conferences, authoring U.S. positions adopted by the International Telecommunications Union in 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989, which have sustained military spectrum use worldwide. In the October 1989 international radio conference, he negotiated adoption by other countries of the U.S. position in a highly contested issue involving radio identification of hospital ships, neutral transports, rescue craft and emergency vessels. Nationally, COL Holliman was main representative to and longest sitting member of the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee, where his influence ensured support of Army training in the United States, especially for the National Training Center and Joint Readiness Training Center.

COL Holliman’s work also included the Army’s Mobile Subscriber Equipment and Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System, including testifying at congressional hearings. He chartered an Army Spectrum Management Advisory Group to better coordinate, integrate and implement spectrum support in the Army worldwide. He also led the Army’s defense of critical spectrum resources throughout public encroachment into government bands over the last few years. COL Holliman produced an investment and impact report in 1993 that became the military standard, successfully influencing the Department of Commerce selection of frequencies reallocated to the public.

COL Holliman was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Signal Regiment in 1997.

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Col. (Ret.) Earl Holliman
Holliman upon induction as a Distinguished Member, 1997.

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