Carriker Promoted to Major
By Debbie Lord
Captain Yukubu ‘Kubey” Carriker of Thomaston is being promoted to the rank of Major during a special promotion ceremony held in his honor Friday, June 23 at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Capt. Carriker and his wife, Mai, have a son, lsseye-13 years old and daughter, Shylah-11 years old, and are stationed at Tinker Air Force Base.
Capt. Carriker’s baby brother, Sgt. Kymon George Carriker from Thomaston, is also serving our country in the United States Air Force. Sgt. Carriker went to basic training in San Antonio, Texas in 2009. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in June 2014. He has served in Korea and Japan. He has a bachelor’s degree in art; this is the second time he will perform at his brother’s rank promotion ceremony. Sgt. Carriker will be singing the National Anthem during the pinning ceremony; the time prior was at his brother’s promotion ceremony for Captian, then he sang the National Anthem in Japanese. In addition, both Capt. Carriker’s brothers and his sister will pin his rank on his hat, his mother and father will pin his rank on his left shoulder, and wife and children his right shoulder.
The Carriker family moved to Japan just before Capt. Carriker’s senior year at Upson-Lee High School. His proud parents are George and Alma Mallory Carriker of Thomaston. His grandparents are the late Dudley and Georgia Mallory and the late Walter and Lucinda Thorton Character. Mother and father-in-law are Mrs. Shigeko Kakizaki and Mr. Toshiaka Shikauchi. Capt. Carriker’s other siblings are Amonn Carriker, who served two tours in Iraq in the United States Army, and his sister Jennifer Nimes. He has a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who are all very proud of him, along with a very special great-aunt Adella McCrary, who celebrated her 104th birthday June 9, and his great uncle and aunt Powell and Lirene Thornton of Thomaston.
Capt. Carriker would like to thank everyone from his hometown for their love and support with special thanks to Martha Bentley from AJ’s Mini School, Mindy Daniel from the Civic Center, Thomaston Chamber of Commerce and Rev. McAuthor Childs of Mary Lizzie Baptist Church. In addition he would like to thank all of his dedicated teachers from elementary through high school.
If you would like to congratulate Capt. Carriker on this tremendous accomplishment email him at email@example.com. His mother asked everyone from his hometown to email him because she is so very proud of him and all of her children. Let’s give Captain Carriker the show of support he deserves and email him, she would like for his to reach 2,000 emails.
Captain Carriker entered the Air Force in 2003 as an Airman First Class working as a Ground Radio Technician at Goodfellow AFB, Texas. In 2007, he received his commission from Officer Training School and proceeded to Air Battle Manager Controller training at Tyndall AFB, Fla. and then on to his Air Weapons Officer flight training at Tinker AFB, Okla. before being awarded his controller wings in 2010. After graduating, Captain Carriker reported to the 963rd AACS where he deployed in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, UNIFIED PROTECTOR and ICELAND AIR POLICING. In 2012, he was reassigned to the 610th Air Control Flight as the Officer of Tactics and Training and later transferred to the 35th Operations Group as Executive Officer. Next Captain Carriker assumed command of the 610th Air Control Flight, Misawa Air Base, Japan where he commanded a rapidly deployable Air Control Flight of 19 military personnel supporting bilateral air operations for Northern and Central Japan. Captain Carriker was responsible for the tactical fluid control of $1.6 billion in F-16CM aircraft through more than 8,000 flight hours annually using the $1.5 million Japan Air Defense Control System. Capt. Carriker returned to Tinker AFB in 2015 where he is now an Instructor Electronic Combat Officer and is the Chief of Current Operation for the 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron. He deployed in 2016 in support of OPERATION INHEREANT RESOLVE.
2006 Bachelor of Arts Degree, Technology Management, DeVry Institute of Technology, Dallas, Texas.
2009 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
2012 Masters in Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
2014 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
1. April 2003 - June 2003, Student, USAF Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
2. July 2003 - January 2004, Student, Ground Radio Maintenance, 338th TRS,Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.
3. February 2004 - April 2007, Maintenance Operations Journeyman, 17th Communications Squadron, Goodfellow Air
Force Base, Texas.
4. May 2007 - August 2007, Student, Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
5. September 2007 - December 2008, Student, Air Battle Manager, 325th Air Control Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida.
6. January 2009 - December 2009, Student, E-3 Air Weapons Officer, 552nd TRS/ 966th Airborne Air Control
Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
7. January 2010 - January 2012, Air Weapons Officer, Assistant Chief of Resources, 963rd Airborne Air Control
Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
8. February 2012 - January 2013, Instructor Senior Director, Officer of Tactics and Training, 610th Air Control Flight,
Misawa Air Base, Japan
9. February 2013 - January 2014, Evaluator Senior Director, Executive Officer, 35th Operations Group, Misawa Air
10. January 2014 - June 2014, Evaluator Mission Crew Commander, Director of Operations, 610th Air Control Flight,
Misawa Air Base, Japan
11. June 2014 - July 2015, Commander, 610th Air Control Flight, Misawa Air Base, Japan
12. July 2015 - January 2016, Student, E-3 Electronic Combat Officer, 552nd TRSI 966th Airborne Air Control
Squadron, linker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
13. January 2016 - Present, Instructor Electronic Combat Officer, Chief of Current Operations, 963rd Airborne Air
Control Squadron, linker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
Rating: Air Battle Manager
Flight hours: 1,125 (605 combat)
Aircraft flown: E-3B/E-3C/E-3G
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Aug. 10, 2007
First Lieutenant Aug. 10, 2009
Captain August 10, 2011
Major July, 1, 2017
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