Mr. Coker is the Vice-Director of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. The Complex employs more than 3,000 people and comprises more than 68 aerospace test facilities across eight states. With facilities at Arnold Air Force Base in middle Tennessee, and operating locations at Ames Research Center, Mountain View and Edwards AFB, California; Peterson AFB, Colorado; Eglin AFB, Florida; the Federal Research Center at White Oak, Maryland; Holloman AFB, Kirtland AFB, and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and Hill AFB, Utah, AEDC offers a suite of test capabilities to simulate speed, temperature, pressure and other parameters over a wide range to meet the needs of aerospace system developers.
Mr. Coker began his civil service career in 1999 after spending 13 years in DoD industry where he supported developmental test and evaluation for numerous weapons programs across the Air Force and Missile Defense Agency. Mr. Coker has over 20 year of ground test experience where he served in multiple leadership roles from flight chief to Squadron Director. He has served in the Office of Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Technology & Logistics, Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) and Developmental Test & Evaluation (DT&E) Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy Director providing oversight for the U.S. Air Force Test Ranges and program oversight for multiple U.S. Air Force aeronautical programs.
Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Joint Staff, J5, Deputy Division Director for Space and Missile Defense Policy where he was responsible for informing Chairman's Best Military Advice for U.S. and DoD policies and strategies involving space and missile defense.