CPL Military Liaison
Born to military parents from New Orleans, Louisiana, Ray Coleman Jr. was born in Landstuhl, Germany. He grew up a military child traveling across the United States and abroad. His parents retired at Camp Shelby, Mississippi where he graduated from Oak Grove High School. Ray began his college career at Jackson State University. He enlisted in the Army in 2002 as a combat medic attached to an infantry unit. During this time, he served a tour in Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After sustaining minor injuries in theatre, he returned home and was honorably discharged in 2006. He became an 80% service connected disabled veteran. He continued his education and graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelors In Political Science/Liberal Studies. He was hired on with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at FCC Forrest City in 2011 as Correctional Officer. He then transferred to USP Beaumont where his interest in the union was sparked. He then activated FCI Aliceville in 2013 and was a charter member of AFGE Local 0573 as the Vice President. He would later go on to later obtain a Masters in Criminal Justice from Lamar University and become President of Local 0573. There he lead an e-board with an impeccable track record of winning arbitrations, settlements as well as negotiating and implementing many agreements. In 2015 he was appointed by Council President Eric Young as the Military Liaison for the eastern seaboard of the Council of Prisons Locals. As a liaison he helps, advises and assist our veterans within the council. Additionally, he serves his home local at FCI Tallahassee and is the Regional Fair Practices Coordinator for the Southeast Region.