Major Kyle A. Holsey attended Wichita State University where he majored in Aerospace Engineering. While in attendance, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in May of 2005. Following boot camp, he was assigned to Fox Battery 2nd Battalion 14th Marines as a 0844 Field Artillery Fire Control Man. The following summer he attended Officer’s Candidate School aboard MCB Quantico, VA. Maj Holsey spent an additional year in the Marine Corps Reserve before graduating from Wichita State University and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on 21 May 2007.
Maj Holsey attended The Basic School (TBS) during the fall of 2007 with Alpha Company 01-08. Following graduation from TBS in April of 2008, he began Aviation Pre-Flight Indoctrination (API) in Pensacola, FL and graduated October of 2008. Following API, Maj Holsey remained in Florida in order to conduct his Primary Flight Training at NAS Whiting Field flying the T-34C Turbo Mentor. After completing Primary in September 2009, Maj Holsey was selected to attend the Intermediate and Advanced Training Course, flying the T-45C Goshawk, in Meridian, MS. Maj Holsey earned his wings on 22 October 2010 upon successful completion of Advanced Fight Training and was selected to fly the AV-8B Harrier.
Out of Advanced Flight Training Maj Holsey received orders to Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 (VMAT-203), the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for the Harrier fleet at MCAS Cherry Point. Ten months later, he completed the FRS and remained on the East Coast, becoming a member of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231 in December of 2011. While attached to VMA-231 he completed two deployments. The first one was in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan from October 2012 to May 2013, while deployed he flew over 100 combat missions in support of Coalition Forces. In November 2014, Maj Holsey deployed with VMA-231(-) to the PACOM Area of Responsibility (AOR) in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. In November 2015, Maj Holsey was selected to transfer back to VMAT-203 to be an Instructor Pilot in the FRS. While attached to VMAT-203 he was selected to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) in July of 2016.
Maj Holsey graduated USNTPS with Class 153 in June 2018. He was then assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Three One (VX-31) in China Lake, CA, where he acted as the AV-8B Military Deputy conducting developmental flight test and evaluation programs on the AV-8B and F/A-18 E/F which included being the Project Officer for H7.0 and H7.1 Harrier software upgrades.
In July of 2021, Maj Holsey received orders to VMA-223 where he is currently assigned as the Executive Officer. Maj Holsey’s personal decorations include the Individual Air Medal with 3 Strike Award, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.