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Captain Brad Cooper is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a B.S. in Economics. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, a talented Speech-Language Pathologist and deeply devoted Navy spouse. They are the proud parents of two great teenagers.
Captain Cooper’s career has been marked by global service in every Combatant Command theater of operation, including a tour on the ground in Afghanistan, as well as 4 tours working for senior leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense and the government of Afghanistan.
Afloat, Cooper’s tours include service as the CIC Officer in USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51), Flag Aide to the Commander, EISENHOWER Carrier Strike Group, Operations Officer in USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) and USS ANZIO (CG 68) and Executive Officer in USS VICKSBURG (CG 69). He most recently had the great life privilege to serve as the Commanding Officer in USS RUSSELL (DDG 59).
Cooper has participated in 13 named operations including: Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM; 3 counter-narcotic deployments off the coast of South America; enforcement of the no-fly zone over Bosnia and Herzegovina against the former Republic of Yugoslavia; Haitian migrant operations; 3 deployments in the Arabian Gulf conducting maritime interdiction against the former regime of Saddam Hussein; deployed operations leading up to the Kosovo campaign; a deployment to the North Arabian Sea immediately following the attacks of 9/11; counter-insurgency operations against the Taliban and Al Queda in eastern Afghanistan; and, a deployment to the Western Pacific.
Ashore, he most recently served as Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; other staff tours include service as: Special Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany; Executive Assistant to the Afghan Minister of the Interior; Division Chief for Strategic Reform of the Afghan Police and Border Guards while assigned to Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan; Flag Aide to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, headquartered in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and, 3 tours in the Navy Personnel Command as an assignment officer, including service as the Deputy Director for Surface Warfare Officer assignments.
Cooper has studied International Relations at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He earned a M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College in Washington, D.C., graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and briefly served as a Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
Captain Cooper was the 2003 recipient of the Surface Navy's Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Award for Visionary Leadership. His 17 personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. Crews and teams with whom he has served have earned 10 unit commendations and 8 “Battle E” awards for operational excellence, including back-to-back awards during his command tour in RUSSELL.
Brad Cooper's Posts
- January 20, 2012 at 3:32 PM EST
A San Diego hiring fair will feature 50 companies looking to fill job openings with military spouses
- January 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM EST
The Department of Veteran Affairs hosted a major Veteran-focused career fari and exposition in Washington, D.C. in an effort to expand employment opportunities for America's Veterans.
- January 17, 2012 at 8:34 AM EST
The Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Career Forum in Washington, D.C. was the first of 10 planned hiring fairs for military spouses around the country this year
- January 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM EST
First Lady Michelle Obama today announced a commitment from 130 of the nation's medical and osteopathic colleges to train students in treating brain injuries, PTSD and other mental-health issues affecting returning service members
- December 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM EST
Simple acts of kindness towards the families of our servicemen and women are especially meaningful throughout the holiday season
14,000,000 Hours and Counting: Operation Honor Card Inspires Americans to Serve Military Families and VeteransDecember 9, 2011 at 3:51 PM EST
Every resident of one Kansas town donated nearly three hours of their time to help a military family or veteran
- December 2, 2011 at 9:50 AM EST
The Military Spouse of the Year Award is a national award program that recognizes the 1.1 million military spouses worldwide and celebrates their work and sacrifices.
- November 21, 2011 at 2:55 PM EST
NASCAR invited 5,000 veterans, service members and their families to attend the lsat race of the season as part of their support for Joining Forces.
- November 18, 2011 at 11:55 AM EST
As soldiers begin to return home from the Middle East, organizations are partnering to deliver care and services to our military service members and their families
- November 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM EST
Lindy has received both the Gold and Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Awards in 2009 and 2010 and she's is on target for another award for 2011