A native of Linden, New Jersey, Eric R. Coleman enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 26 after working several years in the U.S. Postal Service and various retail establishments. Upon graduating from Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he completed Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Missile Technician “A” School in New London, Connecticut, and Trident C-4 Ballistic Missile Training in Silverdale, Washington.
During his nearly two decades in uniform, Mr. Coleman achieved the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8) and led Sailors at all levels and on a diverse group of ship types: USS ALABAMA (SSBN 731 Blue), Silverdale, Washington; USS PELELIU (LHA 5), San Diego, California; USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72), Everett, Washington; USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68), Mayport, Florida.
During his non-combat assignments, Mr. Coleman served as Flag Master-at-Arms for Commander, Submarine Group NINE, Silverdale, Washington; as Material Control Leading Petty Officer (LPO) at Fleet Readiness Center Northwest, Oak Harbor, Washington; as Audit Readiness Director for Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, Millington, Tennessee; as a Wounded Warrior and Administrative Assistant at Naval Branch Health Clinic NSA Mid-South, Millington, Tennessee. Mr. Coleman is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 185).
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and various unit and campaign awards.
He was medically retired in May 2018 due to an injury sustained in the line of duty and resides in Bartlett. He spends his time being a dedicated father while cultivating private business ventures and holds Associates and Bachelor of Science Degrees with honors from Park University. He is the owner of the consultancy firm Executive Legacy, LLC.