- Business Advocacy
The City of Alhambra is proud to announce that Alhambra resident William Holodnak, a 19-year member of the U.S. Marine Corps, was recently recognized by the Alhambra City Council after being promoted from Gunnery Sergeant to First Sergeant among 600+ U.S. Marines with only 13 spots, and 1st Sgt. Holodnak scored number three on the list.
The position of First Sergeant is a senior non-commissioned officer’s rank in the U.S. Marine Corps and serves as the senior enlisted adviser to the commander of a medium-to-large unit of Marines, such as a platoon or a company. As the senior enlisted advisor, a First Sergeant has the responsibility of being the main bridge between enlisted Marines and their company commander. In this position, the First Sergeant serves as an advocate for Marines to the command hierarchy and assists in leading tactical and training operations.
Among the highlights of his service, 1st Sgt. Holodnak has been on four combat deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan. He has received six Navy commendation awards from the Marine Corps; two Navy achievement awards; has been a pistol and rifle expert five times each and received six letters of appreciation from foreign militaries; is a Black Belt in the Marine Corps martial arts program and is a martial arts instructor; is a combat marksmanship coach for small arms; and has trained Afghan military forces through MITT (Military Instructor Training Team). He has also coordinated the first NATO PME (Primary Military Education) symposium for the militaries of 10 countries and has been to the Dynamics of International Terrorism School.
1st Sgt. Holodnak, who has been an Alhambra resident for 15 years, has also been active in community service volunteering as a coach for youth baseball and basketball; chaperoning as a volunteer for young children and teenagers on field trips; and volunteering at the Veterans Administration (V.A.) and also with the Boy Scouts of America.
The City of Alhambra commends 1st Sgt. Holodnak for his service to the nation and the community and sends wishes for success in his new position.