Earnest Carter received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a Minor in Political Science from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas.
His state and federal career began with honorable service in the United State Marine Corps, in Okinawa, Japan and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After the Marine Corps, Earnest Carter served with the State of Alabama Law Enforcement Division on the Gang Intelligence Task Force and the Special Operations Riot Team.
During his time with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he achieved the rank of Captain and Administrative Department Head, where he held responsibility for a $4 million institutional structure and operation budget. Additionally, he served as the lead for the Certified Management and Specialty Training team.
In April 2002, Earnest Carter continued to serve on mission status as a Federal Air Marshal, completing both domestic and international missions. During his time with the Transportation Security Administration, he held assigned positions as an Acting Supervisor, Federal Air Marshal International Team Leader, and Airport Liaison for international law enforcement teams.
He has recently retired as a Federal Special Agent with 34 years of service from the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration and the Mission of the Federal Air Marshal Service.