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Colonel Neville Holmes commissioned into the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment in 1996. He spent the early part of his career at regimental duty in Germany and the UK deploying on operations to Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq where he commanded an Infantry company. After a tour on the strategic planning staff within the Army Headquarters, he returned to regimental duty as Second in Command of 4th Battalion The Rifles in Bulford for which he was appointed an MBE. He then completed the Defence Advanced Command and Staff Course before assuming command of 6th Battalion the Rifles in Exeter, after which he joined the UK’s NATO Headquarters deploying to the Baltic States.

On promotion to Colonel, he deployed on a 12-month tour to Afghanistan as Chief Future Plans in the US-led NATO Headquarters for which he was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal. His last appointment was as Assistant Chief of Staff Operations and Plans within Regional Command. He assumed Command of the South West Region in February 2020 representing the Army in Wessex. He is also the Joint Military Commander for UK operations across the South West and Channel Islands during moments of crisis. Colonel Holmes has an MA in Defence Studies and MSc in Leadership and Management.