Master Chief Hooper assumed duties as Thirteenth District Reserve Command Master Chief in July 2018. Master Chief Hooper is the senior enlisted reserve in the Pacific Northwest and serves as principal advisor to the District Commander on all reserve enlisted personnel matters.
Master Chief Hooper was raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1987. Following Basic Training at Cape May, he proudly served on board USCGC INGHAM (WHEC 35), the fleet’s last steam driven cutter. He completed Machinery Technician 'A' School and served at Station St. Simon Island, GA, during the 1990 Gulf War. During a 13-year break-in-service, Master Chief attended college and worked for public schools in various technical and supervisory positions. He also obtained an FAA commercial pilot’s license and flew twin turboprop aircraft for a regional airline across Florida and the Bahamas.
Master Chief entered the Coast Guard Reserves in 2004. His previous reserve assignments include Command Master Chief Port Security Unit 313, Everett, WA, Coast Guard Recruiting Command, Seattle, WA, Training Team West, Alameda, CA, and Station Sand Key, Clearwater, FL. As a plank owner of the Maritime Enforcement Specialist rating, Master Chief has deployed numerous times across the U.S. and internationally with specialized teams instructing maritime law enforcement and boarding procedures. He has mobilized overseas to the Caribbean, Republic of Korea, and on Title 10 orders with the Maritime Security Detachment Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Master Chief is a graduate of Chief Petty Officer Academy Class 169, completed Chief’s Call to Initiation (CCTI) in Alameda, Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, and Senior Executive Leadership Equal Opportunity Seminar training. His military awards include three Coast Guard Achievement medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, two National Defense Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary medals, Armed Forces Reserve medal with silver hour glass, and other personal and service awards. He has earned the Port Security Unit, Boat Forces Operations, and Command Master Chief (Silver and Gold Badge) insignia.
In Master Chief Hooper’s civilian career as a physical security officer within the Department of Homeland Security's anti-terrorism and force protection system, he provides essential service to protect critical federal infrastructure and ensure safety of the American public