Commander John Hollingsworth entered the Coast Guard in the summer of 1988 as a Seaman Recruit at Recruit Training Center in Cape May, NJ. Graduating on Coast Guard Day, he returned to complete High School in St. Augustine, FL, and was offered the opportunity to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI. He earned his commission and a Bachelors Degree in Marine Science from the Coast Guard Academy in 1994 and was assigned to CGC ACUSHNET (WMEC 167) in Eureka, CA. Following a successful tour as a Deck Watch Officer and First Lieutenant, he was selected for Naval Flight training, and was designated Coast Guard Aviator #3344 on October 10th, 1997. His first aviation assignment was to Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, where he earned HH-65A Aircraft Commander qualification and was selected for the Aeronautical Engineering Officer program. He assumed the duties of Assistant Engineering Officer at Air Station Savannah in December 2001, and Engineering Officer in 2004. While in Savannah, he helped usher in the Rotary Wing Air Intercept (RWAI) mission as a requirement to support the Group of 8 summit, a meeting in Sea Island, GA, hosted by President Bush which brought together the leaders of the 8 richest industrialized nations. Commander Hollingsworth submitted a successful application for Graduate school, and transferred to West Lafayette, IN, to attend Krannert School of Business at Purdue University in 2006, where he earned a Masters of Industrial Administration in 2007. He was then assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in the Office of Aeronautical Engineering as the AFC-41 Funds Manager, then the Resources Division Chief. In this position, he was responsible for the financial planning and budgeting of all Coast Guard Aeronautical Engineering depot level maintenance, including a $365M annual and $1B multi-year budget to support the Coast Guard's fleet of over 200 aircraft. In 2010, Commander Hollingsworth received orders to Air Station Kodiak, to assume the position of Engineering Officer of the Pacific Areas largest operational unit with the responsibility of managing the maintenance of 5 HC-130H, 5 MH-60T and 4 MH-65D aircraft and 270 personnel. While there, he flew MH-65 missions in Dutch Harbor, Cold Bay and Nome while deployed aboard CGC HAMILTON and CGC HEALY. As the unit's principle Operation Arctic Shield 2012 project officer, he helped establish the MH-60T SAR detachment, Forward Operating Location, Barrow: the Coast Guard's first sustained presence on Alaska's North Slope.
His assignment to Air Station Barbers Point marks his third OCONUS tour.
Commander Hollingsworth comes to Air Station Barbers Point after serving as the Engineering Officer of Air Station Kodiak, he is a qualified MH-65C Aircraft Commander.