Lieutenant Colonel Coker is a native of West Columbia, SC. In 1997 he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves. After boot camp, he reported to Delta Co. 8th Tank Bn. as an M1A1 tank crewman. He served as a driver, loader, gunner, and finally tank commander culminating his enlistment as a Sergeant.
He attended the University of South Carolina and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 2002. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant upon completion of Officer Candidates School in March 2004. Second Lieutenant Coker completed The Basic School (TBS) and graduated TBS Charlie Company in October 2004.
After completing The Basic School, Second Lieutenant Coker reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida and subsequently to Training Squadron Two and Helicopter Training Squadron Eighteen for flight training. Designated a Naval Aviator in February 2007, First Lieutenant Coker received orders to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, CA and attended the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for the UH-1N. Upon completion of FRS training in June 2007, First Lieutenant Coker was transferred to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California where he served as operations schedule writer.
In December 2007, he deployed to Okinawa, Japan on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as a member of HMM-265 (REIN). He participated in exercise Balikatan in the Republic of the Philippines and Exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand. Upon return from deployment with the 31st MEU, Captain Coker served as the NATOPS officer at HMLA-267 until he chopped to the 11th MEU with HMM-166 (REIN) in November 2009. During the deployment, he served as the H-1 Quality Assurance Officer (QAO). He participated in Combined Task Force 151 and Operation COPPER DUNE where he planned and led multiple assault support and close air support missions in contingency operations in support of joint and international partners.
Upon return from the MEU, Captain Coker graduated from the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in October 2010 and transferred to HMLA-469. He served as the Pilot Training Officer (PTO), completed the series conversion to the UH-1Y, and planned and oversaw the squadron’s conversion to the UH-1Y. Captain Coker deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan from April 2012 to November 2012 for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). While on deployment, he served as the PTO and later as the squadron Quality Assurance Officer.
After his return to CONUS, Captain Coker received orders to Marine Aviation Training Systems Site (MATSS) MCAS New River, NC. From April 2013 to July 2016, he served as the 2d MAW Flight Leadership Standardization Evaluator Program Coordinator (FLSE PC). In October 2015, Major Coker was board selected by the Commandant’s Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB). In July 2016, Major Coker reported to the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps University as a student at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and he graduated in June 2017. From June 2017 until May 2019, Maj Coker was assigned to HMLA-269 where he served as the S-4 OIC and the squadron Aviation Maintenance Officer (AMO).
Following his time with the "Gunrunners", Maj Coker remained at MCAS New River and served as the Assistant Operations Officer for MAG-29. Lieutenant Colonel Coker served as Futures Planner and Current Operations Officer at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory from July 2020-July 2022.
He is currently assigned as the Executive Officer at the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Lieutenant Colonel Coker has over 2500 mishap-free flight hours.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal Individual Action, the Air Medal Strike/Flight with Numeral 6, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with 2 gold stars), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.