Kentucky Office of Homeland
On February 1, 2016, Governor
Matthew G. Bevin appointed John W. Holiday as the Executive Director of the
Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. In this position, Holiday serves as
the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Homeland Security Advisor for the U.S Department
of Homeland Security.
Director Holiday is responsible
for leading and developing a comprehensive statewide homeland security
strategy, which coordinates local, state and federal efforts to detect,
deter, mitigate, and respond to any terrorist attacks, including nuclear,
biological, chemical, electromagnetic pulse, agro-, eco-, or cyber-terrorism or
any other incidents that affect the security of Kentucky.
The Kentucky Office of Homeland
Security (KOHS) and its Fusion Center are responsible for leading the efforts
to identify vulnerabilities and risks, as well as assess the resources needed
to prepare, mitigate, or react to any incidents affecting the security or
well-being of the Commonwealth. KOHS and Director Holiday oversee the
allocation of state and federal homeland security resources and coordinate
efforts to implement both gubernatorial and presidential homeland security
Executive Director Holiday is
not new to state government. He has served as the Director of Law
Enforcement within the Kentucky Department of Public Protection, and has also
served the Commonwealth as a Certified Inspector General (CIG), within
Kentucky’s Labor, Environmental Energy, and Public Protection Cabinets.
As an Intelligence Officer and a
soldier for nearly three decades, serving in all combat theaters within the
U.S. Department of Defense, Mr. Holiday specialized in intelligence and
counterintelligence operations as a Counterintelligence Special Agent.
The last twenty years was served within U.S. Special Operations focusing on
irregular, unconventional and asymmetric warfare. His most recent
overseas assignment was in East Africa supporting the global war on terror as a
Special Operations Forces advisor and liaison officer. In this role, he
was responsible for building Special Forces capacity, increasing capabilities,
and providing security assistance in order to increase diplomacy and
partnerships to several African nations. Holiday continues to serve
in the United States Army Reserve Component as an executive officer within one
of only two special operations groups within the National Guard.