Lieutenant Colonel Rooker attended Middle
Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN and earned a bachelor’s degree
in Business Administration in 1992.
After college, Lieutenant Colonel Rooker was a professional kick-boxer
and martial arts instructor before enlisting in the Marine Corps and reporting
to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC in January of 1996.
an enlisted Marine, he was assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma,
Okinawa, Japan for duty with the military police. During this period he rose to the rank of
Corporal and was accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program. Corporal Rooker reported to Officer Candidate
School, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, VA in October 1997
and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December.
Lieutenant Colonel Rooker has attended The Basic School, U. S. Army
Military Police Officer Basic Course, Expeditionary Warfare School, and the
Command and Staff Seminar Program. His
assignments include Security Battalion, MCB Quantico VA; Marine Corps Security
Force Battalion; Eleventh Marine Expeditionary Unit; Provost Marshal’s Office,
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego; 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing; 2nd Battalion,
1st Marine Regiment; and U.S. Central Command.
Lieutenant Colonel Rooker deployed with the Eleventh Marine
Expeditionary Unit in 2006 as the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Officer and
again from 2010 to 2011 as an assistant Team Leader for a Border Advisor Team
to the Afghan Border Police in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Colonel Rooker’s most recent assignment was as the Provost
Marshal at MCAS Miramar. He reported to
4th Law Enforcement Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve, Saint Paul, MN on 5 June
2017 for duty as the Inspector and Instructor.
Lieutenant Colonel Rooker’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star
Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and
Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
with 2 gold stars.