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After a very successful management career with high responsibility in the retail industry, U.S. Army Sgt. Lynn “Allan” Holland followed his lifelong dream and joined the military in January 2010. Upon completion of his basic training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and Advanced Individual Training as a Field Artillery Canon Crew Member at Ft. Sill, Holland was assigned to 3-320th FAR, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Two months after reporting to Ft. Campbell, Holland was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2010 – 2011, where he retrained in theater and served as the gunner for the 60mm and 120mm mortars. Holland redeployed to Combat Outpost Zormat, Paktia Province, Afghanistan in 2012. On October 15, 2012, he sustained injuries resulting from the detonation of a suicide bomber’s vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (IED) during a complex enemy attack on his outpost. Holland received the following injuries, which required his evacuation from Afghanistan: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), loss of hearing, reduced field of vision in both eyes and hip, knee, ankle and elbow injuries, all of which restrict mobility, memory and cognitive abilities. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression have been diagnosed resulting from the trauma of the combat incident. Holland was medically evacuated from COP Zormat to Forward Operating Base Salerno for Traumatic Brain Injury treatment. He had also received treatment at Bagram, Air Field in Afghanistan, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, Edward’s Air Force Base in California and ultimately landed at the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Campbell, where he continues to recover from his injuries.
Holland was medically retired from the U.S. Army in September, 2014. As a result of his service, he was awarded with numerous awards including a Purple Heart. Holland currently lives in Lexington, SC with his wife, Karen, their son, Ryan, 16, and their beloved Golden Retriever, Daisy. Thanks to the PulteGroup Built to Honor program, Allan Holland and his family have a home to call their own!