On Sunday, November 16, 2003, A1C Antoine Holt, age 20, deployed with the 603rd Air Control Squadron to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a highly qualified interface control technician charged with maintaining a recognizable air picture to key decision makers in the theatre. In the early hours of April 10, 2004, A1C Holt died from injuries sustained during a mortar attack that hit his tent on Balad AB, Iraq.
Antoine graduated from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia at the age of 16. He attended Georgia State University and then joined the Air Force in July 2001.
The day A1C Holt died, he called his father to wish him a happy 46th birthday.
"We were talking about basketball the last time I talked to him," said his father, Michael. "He was talking about coming home and beating me."
Within hours of that phone call, he was killed.
An admitted bookworm and poet who graduated from high school at 16, Holt was mapping out his future with his wife, Patricia, of two years.
He was already in college when he decided to join the Air Force "because we wanted to get married and we needed direction and he wanted us to become financially stable," said Patricia.
In addition to his wife, Holt leaves behind a 1-year-old daughter.
There is an award for air control excellence at Aviano that is named for him and Balad's stadium was renamed Holt Memorial Stadium on December 15, 2004 - a plaque dedicated to him stands inside the entrance.
Buried: Lincoln Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia
He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.