Our Local Coast Guard: The Holt Family

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Coast Guard pilot Lt. Cmdr. Tim Holt, his wife Tiffanie, their  children Brennan, Avery, Makhella, Kassidy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham/Coast Guard pilot Lt. Cmdr. Tim Holt, his wife Tiffanie, and their four children Brennan, Avery, Makhella and Kassidy, moved to EHT in 2012 after Tim received orders to serve at the air station.

Get to know your local Coast Guard. This is the first of a monthly installment featuring locally stationed Coast Guard families.

An orange helicopter is a familiar sight and sound in the sky above South Jersey.

These MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and their crews are based out of Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City in Egg Harbor Township.

The pilots and crew of these multi-mission helicopters are active duty Coast Guard members who come from all over the country to serve in South Jersey. Many of the service members do not make the move alone and have families who accompany them throughout their military service.

One of these Coast Guard families is the Holts.

Coast Guard pilot Lt. Cmdr. Tim Holt, his wife Tiffanie, and their four children Brennan, Avery, Makhella and Kassidy, moved to EHT in 2012 after Tim received orders to serve at the air station. The Holt family has embraced life in their temporary hometown.

“We keep the mindset that home is where the Coast Guard sends us,” said Tiffanie. “When we first arrived here we got in the car and explored. We were surprised at how rural and different the area is than what we were expecting.”

Having grown up in Kentucky, Tim and Tiffanie never know what to expect when moving their family to a new community. Even after more than a decade of Coast Guard service, Tiffanie said moving around the country never gets easier, but always proves to be an adventure.

Prior duty stations have landed the Holt family in Colorado, Oregon and three different cities in Florida. Tim said each of his duty stations has presented him with different challenges and Coast Guard missions.

At the air station Tim flies the Dolphin helicopter to perform many Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue, law enforcement and environmental maritime protection. Air Station Atlantic City also provides multiple aircraft and crews to protect our nation’s capital on a 24/7 basis in Washington, D.C., a mission for which Tim deploys about two months a year.

In addition to being a pilot, Tim is the head of the air station’s administration department where he overseas the unit’s budget and personnel transfers.

During his liberty time, Tim has taken a very active role in the EHT community. All four of the Holt children play for the EHT Soccer Club, and Tim coaches two of their teams, the Micro Program and the Traveling Program.

“I love kids and enjoy the opportunity to coach soccer,” said Tim. “I may be the active duty Coast Guard member but our whole family serves and sacrifices. Playing soccer is a great way to spend a lot of time with the kids, doing something we all love.”

Tiffanie is also a very involved member of the Coast Guard and local community.  Tiffanie serves as the air station’s unit ombudsman. Her job is to keep other locally stationed Coast Guard families current on sources of assistance available to them, command policies and information about activities of interest.

“My job as the air station’s ombudsman is to link the air station command to Coast Guard family members stationed here,” said Tiffanie. “I am an extra arm of support for military family members who live far from friends and family.”

Like Tim, Tiffanie is very involved in the EHT Soccer Club. She is also a room parent, which means she helps plan functions at her youngest son’s school. Additionally, Tiffanie co-owns a small business, Rags 2 Riches Designs (r2rdesigns.com) with another Coast Guard spouse.  

Despite a busy schedule, the Holt family makes time to explore and enjoy the area while they are here.  When they do inevitably transfer away from South Jersey, they said they will miss many things, including the Ocean City Boardwalk and a few favorite local businesses, like Jo Jo’s Italian Grille and Bright Stars Gymnastics Academy.

Most of all, Tim and Tiffanie agree they will miss the great friends they made while living in South Jersey.

“We have met some really wonderful people,” said Tim. “People we have met around the township and friends my kids have made at school. There are so many great people who live here.”

Tiffanie added just serving in the Coast Guard guarantees family support from nearby Coast Guard members, but she said it is so nice to be stationed in EHT where the community is so welcoming with a support system of such great local, South Jersey-born friends.

“It’s really something special,” Tiffanie said.        

Read other installments HERE.

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