Major David Cooper has over 18 years of experience with the Army Reserve and National Guard, serving three years
as an enlisted Soldier. Major Cooper received his commission through the Iowa State University Army ROTC Program in
December 2001. He graduated Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in
2002. In 2008, he received his Masters in Homeland Security with an emphasis in Weapons of Mass Destruction from
American Military University.
As an enlisted Soldier, Major Cooper served as a Chaplains’ Assistant in the 3rd Corps Support
Command in the Army Reserve. He participated in the Simultaneous Membership Program as the Brigade Chemical Officer for
the 2nd Brigade 34th Infantry Division in the Iowa National Guard and an Iowa State University ROTC
Cadet. Upon graduation from Iowa State, Major Cooper attended the Chemical Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood,
MO. Upon returning from his basic course, Major Cooper deployed to Kosovo as a Battle Captain with the 1-113 Cavalry
from the Iowa National Guard.
After he returned from Kosovo, Major Cooper accepted an assignment as the Survey Team Leader on the
72nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction). During this time he was an emergency responder to
Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Major Cooper then moved to the position of Operations Officer on the Civil Support Team
where he responded to Hurricane Ike in 2008. During his time on the Civil Support Team, Major Cooper completed the
Chemical Officer Captains Career Course. Following his assignment in the Civil Support Team, Major Cooper was assigned as the
Nebraska Army National Guard Antiterrorism Officer in 2009 where he created the Nebraska Army National Guard Antiterrorism,
Emergency Management, and Operations Security programs and served as a liaison officer between the Nebraska National Guard
and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. In 2011 MAJ Cooper was assigned as the CBRN Enhanced Response Force
Package Officer in Charge. In 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan as the Executive Officer of the Paktya Provincial
Reconstruction Team and a member of the Nebraska National Guard Agribusiness Development Team.
Upon his return from Afghanistan in 2013, Major Cooper was assigned as the Commander of the Nebraska Army
National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program. In 2014, Major Cooper was assigned as the Nebraska Army National Guard
Education Services Officer. Major Cooper graduated the Intermediate Level Education Advanced Operation Course in
January of 2015.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Army Commendation Medal (2), the
Army Achievement Medal (3), the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
(2), the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on
Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal (2), the Armed forces Reserve Medal with bronze hour glass and
Mobilization Device, and the NATO Medal (2). His state awards include the Nebraska National Guard Individual
Achievement Medal, Emergency Service Medal (2), and the Service Medal (2). He also received the Texas National Guard
Medal of Merit.
Major Cooper’s skill qualifications include the Air Assault Badge and the National Guard Recruiting Badge.
He also holds additional skill identifiers for CBRNE Responder and Technical Escort.