Celebrating our new Military Service Members ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Our guest speaker for our March 27th, 2020 Graduation Celebration is United States Marine Corps CWO3, Christopher A. Carrier

Chief Warrant Officer Three Christopher A. Carrier enlisted in the Marine Corps in May of 2000 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California with Delta Company, First Recruit Training Battalion where he graduated as a Private First Class.  After Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, California, Chief Warrant Officer Carrier attended Basic Aviation Ordnance School at Pensacola, Florida where he received a meritorious promotion to Lance Corporal.  He then reported to Cherry Point, North Carolina for Aviation Ordnance Systems Technician School where he earned the MOS of 6541, Aviation Ordnance Systems Technician. 

In March of 2001, Chief Warrant Officer Carrier reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Air Wing, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.  While serving with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 Chief Warrant Officer Carrier was assigned to Work Center 71B, Gun Shop, where he quickly earned the billet of Collateral Duty Inspector for the 25mm Gun System for the AV-8B Harrier and was promoted to the rank of Corporal.  Shortly thereafter, Chief Warrant Officer Carrier served in Operation Enduring Freedom while attached to HMM-261, 22nd MEU (SOC), aboard the USS WASP.  Not long after returning from his deployment with the 22nd MEU, Chief Warrant Officer Carrier again participated in Operation Enduring Freedom as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom while aboard the SS WRIGHT.  During his second deployment with MALS-14, Chief Warrant Officer Carrier was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. 

In October of 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Carrier reenlisted for Drill Instructor duty at MCRD San Diego, California.  He reported to Drill Instructor School in July of 2004 and upon graduating was assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, on 1 November 2004.  After completing five cycles as a Drill Instructor and two cycles as a Senior Drill Instructor, he was then assigned to the Combat Water Survival Section where he trained recruits and Marines as a Water Survival Instructor and Chief Survival Instructor.  In February of 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. 

In November of 2007 Chief Warrant Officer Carrier returned to the operating forces and checked in to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.  Upon arrival, Chief Warrant Officer Carrier assumed the billet of Work Center Supervisor for Work Center 71B, Gun Shop.  While stationed in Japan he participated in multiple combat training exercises in Okinawa, Australia, Hawaii, Guam, and San Diego, California in support of Marine Aircraft Group 12 operations.  In October of 2011 Chief Warrant Officer Carrier was assigned as the Ordnance Department Quality Assurance Representative.  In November of 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. 

In June of 2012 Chief Warrant Officer Carrier returned to the states and reported for duty at the Center Magazine Area, Bravo Company, Head Quarters Battalion, Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.  There he served as the Receipt, Issues, Segregation, and Commercials Chief, Storage Chief, Operations Chief and, Aviation Ordnance Chief.  In September of 2013 Chief Warrant Officer Carrier was selected to be an Aviation Ordnance Officer.  He attended Warrant Officer Basic Course 1-14 at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.  He was appointed to the rank of Warrant Officer in February of 2014.  In July of 2014 Chief Warrant Officer Carrier reported for duty to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 on Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as the Aviation Ordnance Officer.  There he participated in multiple deployments for training to the Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, El Centro, California, and the Northern Territory of Australia.  He was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Two on 1 August 2015 under the Australian flag.

In July of 2017 Chief Warrant Officer Carrier reported to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan. There, he would be administratively attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron as the Aviation Ordnance Officer and operationally attached to Navy Munitions Command Pacific, East Asia Division, Unit Okinawa, as the Operations Officer and Senior Watch Officer. He was promoted to his current rank of Chief Warrant Officer Three on 1 August 2018. Chief Warrant Officer Carrier, along with his Marines, Sailors, and Civilians, support ammunition and explosives logistics for operating local and deployed units within the III Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and 7th Fleet area of operations. He currently holds the positions of Aviation Ordnance Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Marine Liaison Officer, Marine Detachment Officer in Charge, Safety Officer, Facilities Officer in Charge, and Master Labor Contractor Supervisor.

Chief Warrant Officer Carrierโ€™s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, gold star in lieu of second award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  He is married to the former Yoshiko Yokoyama of Yokohama Japan, and has a two-year-old son, Keola Kai Carrier.