November 2014
Co-op Matters

Cooper Retires from Alabama Army National Guard

Command Sergeant Major Mitchell C. Cooper  

For the past 40 years, Command Sergeant Major Mitchell C. Cooper has served this great country in the Alabama Army National Guard.

He completed Basic Training and AIT at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., where he trained as a Water Purification Specialist. He was then assigned to Det 1, HHC 151st Engineer BN, where he advanced to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He then transferred to the 2nd BN 152nd Armor. He served as Motor Transport Operator achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class. In 1995, the 152nd Armor was re-designated 2nd Battalion 117th Field Artillery. In 1996, he was selected as First Sergeant for the Service Battery 117th Field Artillery. In 1999, 2nd Battalion 117th Field Artillery was re-designated 1st Battalion and moved to Vincent, Ala. In 2001, the company was again re-designated the 440th Chemical Company where he served as First Sergeant. In October 2003, he was promoted to Command Sergeant Major of the 145th CBRN where he served until his transfer to the 31st CBRN Brigade HQ in February 2011, thus being the Brigade Command Sergeant Major.

Cooper is a 1974 graduate of Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture.

His military education includes Water Purification Specialist, Motor Transport Operator, Field Artillery Specialist, Chemical Operations Specialist, Small Group Leader Training Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course and The United States Army Sergeant’s Major Course.

Cooper’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass and "M" Device, Non-Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon w/numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Alabama Commendation Medal, Operation Desert Storm ribbon, Veterans Service Medal of Alabama, Faithful Service Medal and Active Duty Basic Training Ribbon of the State of Alabama.

Cooper officially retired from the Alabama Army National Guard Sept. 30, 2014.

Cooper has been married to Kaye Langley Cooper for 38 years. They have two children, a daughter Dana (Lance) Roughton and a son John (Casey). They have five grandchildren, Langley, Landon and Logan Roughton; and Kate and Luke Cooper. Cooper and Kaye reside in Wadley.