MG Fletcher C. Coker, Jr.

Army ROTC Alumni Hall of Fame Member

 

Major General Fletcher C. Coker was assigned duties as Vice Commander, Joint Warfighting Center/Vice Director, Joint Training, U.S. Joint Forces Command, in May 1997. His major responsibilities include primary general officer oversight of the J7 NATO/Partnership for Peace (PfP) exercise division, and of the J7 Joint Interoperability Division. He serves as acting J7 in the absence of the director. Exercises General Officer oversight of all assigned reserve component personnel, and advises the CINC USACOM on matters affecting or pertaining to the National Guard. He also serves as senior National Guard representative of the Chief, National Guard Bureau to the U.S. Joint Forces Command.

The General’s active military service began in 1962. He was commissioned an armor officer following completion of Reserve Officer Training Corps. Prior to this assignment, General Coker served as commander of the 184th Transportation Brigade and most recently as commander of the 155th Separate Armored Brigade. In that capacity, General Coker exercised direct command supervision over the planning and conduct of operations and training activities of its more than 4,000 citizen soldiers. In addition, General Coker was tasked with providing liaison between the 155th Armored Brigade, the Adjutant General of Mississippi and the Commanding General of the 1st Cavalry Division, of which the 155th serves as a round-out brigade.

 

EDUCATION:

1962 University of Southern Mississippi – BS Degree – Business Administration
1994 Army War College

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Jun 62 – Oct 62, USAR Control Group
2. Oct 62 – Aug 69, RA, On Active Duty
3. Nov 73 – Oct 75, Executive Officer, Detachment 1, Company A, 106th Forward Support Battalion
4. Oct 75 – Oct 77, Adjutant (Detachment Commander), Detachment 1, Company A, 106th Forward Support Battalion
5. Oct 77 – Nov 83, S-1, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (-), 155th Armored Brigade
6. Dec 83 – Oct 84, S-3, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (-), 155th Armored Brigade
7. Nov 84 – Feb 85, Chief, Mobilization Readiness Evaluation Division, Headquarters State Area Command, Mississippi Army National Guard
8. Mar 85 – Aug 88, Battalion Commander, 2nd Battalion, 198th Armor
9. Aug 88 – Dec 88, Executive Officer, 155th Armored Brigade
10. Dec 88 – Sep 89, Deputy Chief of Staff, Detachment 1 (1st Cavalry Division), 155th Armored Brigade
11. Oct 89 – Feb 92, Commander, 155th Armored Brigade (including active duty during Operation Desert Shield, Dec 90 – May 91)
12. Mar 92 – Feb 93, Chief, Mobilization and Readiness Division, Headquarters, State Area Command, Mississippi Army National Guard
13. Feb 93 – Nov 93, Deputy Director, Operations and Training, Headquarters, State Area Command, Mississippi Army National Guard
14. Dec 93 – May 94, Deputy Director, Plans and Training, Headquarters, State Area Command, Mississippi Army National Guard
15. Jun 94 – Nov 94, Army National Guard Special Assistant for BOLD SHIFT, Fort McPherson, Georgia
16. Nov 94 – May 95, Commander, 184th Transportation Brigade, Mississippi Army National Guard
17. May 95 – Oct 96, Commander, 155th Separate Armored Brigade, Mississippi Army National Guard
18. Oct 96 – May 97, Additional TDA Assignment, Headquarters, State Area Command, Mississippi Army National Guard
19. May 97 – May 01, Vice Commander, Joint Warfighting Center/Vice Director, Joint Training, U.S. Joint Forces Command

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal (with "V" Device)
Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Service Star)
Vietnam Service Medal (with 3 Campaign Stars)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Ten Year Device)
Army Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star)
Combat Infantryman Badge
Parachutist Badge
2 Unit Citations

CIVILIAN OCCUPATIONS:

General Coker retired as Vice President – Operations from Novatel Carcom, Inc., a cellular telephone manufacturer, where he was responsible for operations of the U.S. portion of the privately owned manufacturer of cellular telephones and equipment. Areas of responsibility included assembly, shipping, warehousing, customer service, field engineering, marketing, purchasing and facility management. Annual sales in the United States averaged 350 million dollars.

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:

General Coker is a member of the First Baptist Church of Diamondhead, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. He is also a Life Member of the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association, past president of the Birmingham Big Gold Club, a Telephone Pioneer, a Mason, and a member of the National Guard Association.

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

2LT USAR 3 Jun 62
1LT USAR 2 Jun 64
CPT RA 3 May 66
CPT ARNG 7 Nov 73
MAJ ARNG 17 Nov 77
LTC ARNG 9 Feb 84
COL ARNG 10 Oct 89
BG (Line) ARNG 1 Jun 94
MG (Line) ARNG 3 Nov 97