Member of the Regiment biography for
(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
Armys 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 Hollimans work also included the Armys
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 Armys 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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Regimental Special Projects Officer
Holliman upon induction as a
Distinguished Member, 1997.