P-MAN IX Update #21
18 March 2007
Since you have become friends with the BentProp
Team of 2007, it is with deep, deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of
Bob Holler. The details are sketchy at the moment,
but he died yesterday, March 17th, on a skydive in Georgia.
fitting that we pay tribute to him on these pages. I was honored to have been
with him for the 30 days of P-MAN IX. He made a lasting impression on all the
team members and he has altered the way we do business in the field. All for the
He will be missed by many people around the world: from his charges
at The Hawk's Nest, to the hundreds of PJs that he has worked with over the years.
He has made a positive difference in countless peoples' lives.
Life is meant
to be lived and Bob lived it to the fullest. He woke every morning with a purpose
in life. When he was active duty, it was his PJ world that drove him. I know from
our talks that he lived for his daughter and looked forward to watching her and
her family go forward in life. He wanted to be the best granddad. The one who
drove his grandchildren to school on a Harley, and taught them how to skydive.
I'm not Bob's closest friend. But I wish I could have been.
Holler, you will be missed.
Here is a short, and wholly insufficient biography
of a great man along with some thoughts by a fellow PJ reflecting on Bobs
retirement in 2004 from The U.S. Air Force. The newsletter came from The Pararescue
Lt/Col Vincent Savino, 38th RQS Commander
presents Retirement Certificate
CMSGT Robert L. Holler
Master Sergeant Robert L. Holler is the Chief Enlisted Manager at the 38th Rescue
Squadron, Moody AFB, Georgia.
Holler joined the Air Force in July 1974. After enduring a year of extremely tough,
mental and physical training he graduated as a PJ in July 1975. During his AF
career he has had assignments at Nakom Phanom, Thailand; Clark AB, Philippines;
McClellan AFB California; Kadena AB, Japan; Eglin AFB, Florida; Hurlburt Field,
Florida. As a PJ Chief Holler has been credited with over 500 lives saved.
Holler's military decorations include the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster,
the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the
Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf
clusters, the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Outstanding Unit Award with
Valor Device and eight oak leaf clusters. His other achievements include Distinguished
Graduate, Academic Achievement and Drill Master awards from the NCO Academy. Chief
Holler is an avid skydiver with over 4700 freefalls and was a member of World
Team 99 and 04. World Team is a collection if expert skydivers from
over 30 different nations who, in 1999, as one team, set the large-formation skydiving
world record of 282 and in February of this year, set the current largeformation
skydiving record of 357.
Achievements: Flight Examiner; Chief Certifier; Validation of long range desert
tactics (Quick Force); Developed and tested the Rigging Alternate Method Zodiac
(RAMZ); Developed and tested the Special Purpose Underwater Deployment System
(SPUDS); Established Combat Mission Needs Statement (CMNS) for high altitude delivery
parachute; Led strategic shift from flight to enhanced and simplified training.
FROM THE PRESIDENT
As we close in on the 2004 reunion, I am looking forward to a great turnout. To
increase the potential turnout, I would ask everyone to make contact with their
classmates to see if everyone in their class iscoming, and if not to encourage
them to come. The application for the reunion is online, as well as likely to
be part of this newsletter. If they are not members of the association, no better
time than now to join.
Recently, one of our members,
CMSgt Bob Holler, had a retirement ceremony that was the most awesome experience,
and to be a witness to the event was an honor. As we reflected on the 30-year
career of one of our premier members, it was obvious to see how our lives affects
those around us. The depth of the PJ career field present, from old to young,
to share in the reflection of Bobs life as a PJ and leader was representative
of how true this is. It is obvious we have made a difference in many of our brethren
who don the beret and live by the motto. This has been instilled in us as well
by the generations of PJs who were our instructors, teammates, friends,
students and their families. We trade our knowledge and learn both up and down,
as many skills are shared by the nature of our careers. I was lucky to have worked
with Bob, but not as much as I would have liked.
Photos from the 2007 BentProp
flag-ceremony moment in Palauan mangroves
Joe Maldangesang fold Palauan flag
and Pat, 18 February 2007
Bob on the barge with JPAC, 19 February 2007
conducting an interview, 20 February 2007
Bobs camera, 20 February 2007
5 in the jungle, 22 February 2007
search of an elusive lizard to photograph, 22 February 2007
Japanese aircraft parts, 24 February 2007
at Pineapple Hill with a Chief, 25 February 2007
on the left pontoon, 26 February 2007
metal detector hits, 27 February 2007
on the Jake, 28 February 2007
town, taking care of business, 01 March 2007
the sunset, 01 March 2007
down, 01 March 2007
in the mangroves, 02 March 2007
Chief can fix anything, 02 March 2007
consulting, 05 March 2007
the Wildcat site, 07 March 2007
ceremony in the mangroves, 08 March 2007
with pork and egg, 09 March 2007
Caught a boat, 10 March 2007
just a fiesta, 11 March 2007
new coin, from JPAC, 11 March 2007
And after this coin was passed,
Bob handed me a cigar and drove me to the airport. He wouldnt let me take
the hotel shuttle. Thats Bob.
Blue SKies, Flip