Commandant Colonel Christopher E. Holzworth USMC (RET)

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Dear Marine Corps League Members and Future Members of the J. R, Spears Detachment;
I am honored to have the opportunity to be your Commandant for the 2015. I look forward to bringing to bear some organizational leadership/planning concepts which will enhance our effectiveness and viability in giving back to the community. I am encouraged with the wonderful history of success which the League has enjoyed in the community and want to grow this success for the betterment of the League and its Members.
For me, doing the things well uplifts our joy and Espirit de Corps... I am dedicated to doing well with all MCL activities to emulate the charter of the organization “No Better Friend than the MCL” to our community. To this end, I will work tirelessly to bring the MCL in to the best light possible to attract more Members and grow the ranks of the League with new and vibrant Members.
Thank you for allowing the opportunity to work as your Commandant,
Semper Fidelis,
Colonel Chris "Caveman" Holzworth USMC (RET)
"Membership is the Mission"


Col Holzworth was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After graduating from the University of Virginia, he attended Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in April 1983 and designated a Naval Aviator in 1985.

Serving 27 years in the Marine Corps, Colonel Holzworth held several leadership billets in Marine tactical squadrons, deploying 6 times on both the west coast and east coast aboard Navy amphibious ships as part of an Air Combat Element. Additionally, he has held upper level staff billets on the Joint Staff and at Headquarters Marine Corps.

Colonel Holzworth commanded both at the Squadron and Group level in the Greater Pensacola area: Helicopter Training Squadron 18 and Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21. During his Marine Corps career, he participated in: Just Cause, Desert Shield/Storm, Haiti, Bosnia with UN and NATO Forces, Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as support actions in Afghanistan.

Retiring as Chief of Staff, 2nd Marine Air Wing, in 2010, he returned to Pensacola. In 2012, he led a local fund-raising effort for the placement of a Marine Aviation Memorial in the Pensacola Veteran’s Memorial Park in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Marine Aviation.

In May of 2015, he assumed the duties of Commandant of the Marine Corps League J. R. Spears Detachment #066 Pensacola, Florida.

Pillars of Success

  • Organize, Structure, Plan for Mission Success...Like who we are, Marine Corps League Members.

  • Express the Espirit de Corps and Joy of the League with all our efforts and actions.

  • Emulate "No Better Friend" to the Greater Pensacola community in giving back and contributing to the welfare of the whole.

Intent & Vision of Success for 2015

The Intent and Vision of Success for the 2015 year of the Marine Corps League is to organize, restructure staff/effort, and plan community service events which promotes and demonstrates the Espirt de Corps of the League while effectively contributing to the community. In this effort, the League will focus internally on restructuring the staff and staff actions in order to capture better community results; executing events in the Marine Corps "Can Do" fashion not only heightens the return to the community, but also galvanizes the Membership's Espirit de Corps and joy. The Vision of Success is clear; greater contributions through greater organization of effort and planning begets uplifting results and a MCL which is a valuable and contributing organization...
Bottom Line: the Joy of giving back is realized and MCL Membership grows: The Mission is Membership.