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
- November 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM EDT
Google for Veterans and Families was created to help all veterans, whether still in the service, transitioning out, or on a new path in their civilian lives
- November 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM EDT
Honoring Americans who are at the leading edge of hiring veterans and spouses
- November 4, 2011 at 6:00 PM EDT
The Holiday Mail for Heroes program run by the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes encourages all of us to send a holiday card to a service member this season. Making a card is a simple act of kindness that means the world to our soldiers and their families.
- October 24, 2011 at 2:18 PM EDT
U.S. military veterans of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and the nonprofit organizations serving them and their families are honored for service to their country and communities in a special tribute at the 2011 Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles Awards.
First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Major Private Sector Commitment to Hire Veterans and Military SpousesOctober 19, 2011 at 2:59 PM EDT
The American Logistics Association and their 270 affiliate companies are coming together to hire 25,000 veterans and spouses by the end of 2013
- October 17, 2011 at 10:05 AM EDT
Joining Forces helps celebrate the increase in education outreach to students in military families by the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).
- October 6, 2011 at 7:22 PM EDT
The FINRA Investor Education Foundation announces that it is expanding its Military Financial Education Project to support service members and their families.
- September 30, 2011 at 4:09 PM EDT
The town of Independence, Kansas joins together to dedicate a memorial displaying the names of residents from their community that are currently deployed overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan.
- September 30, 2011 at 2:26 PM EDT
Every day heroes are recognized for their dedication and care to their families and communities. If you or someone you know deserves recognition for outstanding service to military families, we invite you to enter the Joining Forces Community Challenge to share your story.
- September 23, 2011 at 5:02 PM EDT
Adrienne Howard, the spouse of the Commanding Officer of a deployed Guided Missile Destroyer, shares her story of rallying her community to 'adopt' a Sailor and support deployed men and women with cards, letters and care packages.