Commander Cooper joined the United States Coast Guard in 1992 and is the third generation in his family to serve as a United States Coast Guard officer. CDR Cooper reported to MSST San Diego as Commanding Officer from United States Northern Command, where he served as a maritime planner and Crisis Action Team member on all operational matters in the Future Operations Division, providing strategic input to plan and execute USNORTHCOM missions including air, land and sea Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities. CDR Cooper's other assignments include: Deck Watch Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Boarding Officer and Assistant Navigator aboard the USCGC CHASE (WHEC 718), where he was involved in multiple high profile international law enforcement cases, including illegal high seas driftnet fishing and multiple seizures of Iraqi vessels smuggling oil in the Northern Arabian Gulf in violation of United Nations sanctions; Operations Officer aboard the USCGC WILLOW (WLB 202); US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he served in the Naval Architecture Division of the Marine Safety Engineering and Standards Department and as a U.S. delegate to the International Maritime Organization; and as Executive Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team Boston (91110).
CDR Cooper is a 1996 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (High Honors). CDR Cooper received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2002.
CDR Cooper was selected to attend the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he received a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2008.
CDR Cooper's personal awards and honors include Boat Force Operations Insignia, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Commandants Letter of Commendation Ribbon, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and various service and unit awards.
|OPERATIONS||Operations Officer LT Brian Bruns|
|Assistant Operations Officer CWO D.J. Blais|
|Waterside Division Officer ENS Trevor Mays|
|Waterside Division Chief BMC Moises Guerrero|
|Waterside Division Chief BMC Jason Acton|
|MLE/FP Division Officer ENS Darnell Phillips|
|FUTURE OPERATIONS||FUTURE Operations Officer LTjg Ashley Lerner|
|Future Operations Planning Officer CWO Michael Wood|
|Training Division BM1 Russell Howard|
|Armory Support GM1 Gilbert Zepeda|
|SUPPORT||Administration YN1 Travis Gray|
|Supply SK1 Brent Buchholz|
|Medical HS2 Patrick Mackey|
|ENGINEERING||AEPO ET1 Jeannette Rincon|
|MK1 Nathaniell Hurtado|
|MK1 Kyle Brewer|
|RDLW||LT Jason Prairie|
|LTjg Tenley Barna|
|CWO Chandler Tyre|
|FSC Michael Rawski|
|BMC Paul Church|