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David F. Cooper

Place of Birth: Ohio, Cincinnati
Home of record: Anderson Township Ohio

David Cooper received the Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He served during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, as well as in the Global War on Terrorism.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Chief Warrant Officer Five David F. Cooper, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on 27 November 2006, while serving with Headquarters Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), during combat operations against an armed enemy during aerial flight as an AH-6 Flight Lead Pilot for the Joint Task Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Without regard for his personal safety, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Cooper continued to provide effective fires for the Joint Task Force ground forces despite the presence of effective enemy fire. His actions destroyed several enemy positions, which prevented the ground forces from sustaining heavy casualties and allowed them to hold their position. His superb actions in flight, especially at one point as the lone air support aircraft under terrific enemy fire, contributed greatly to the mission success. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Cooper's distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Joint Task Force and the United States Army.

Action Date: 27-Nov-06

Service: Army

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 5

Company: Headquarters Company

Regiment: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Chief Warrant Officer Five David F. Cooper, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States over a 27 year career in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating as the Command Chief Warrant Officer, United States Army Special Operations Command. During his exemplary career he clearly embodied the consummate Aviation Warrant Officer profession. Chief Warrant Officer Five Cooper's exemplary leadership, superior air tactics and techniques, coupled with his extraordinary intelligence and selfless dedication significantly contributed to the accomplishments of Army and Special Operations Forces. Chief Warrant Officer Five Cooper's achievements in mentoring, teaching and coaching Army Aviators vastly contributed to the overall mission success of the Army and will have a lasting impact on the strategic, operational and institutional levels of Aviation operations for years to come. Chief Warrant Officer Five Cooper's superior performance is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command and the United States Army.

Action Date: November 1, 2002 - October 31, 2012

Service: Army

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 5

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Chief Warrant Officer Five David F. Cooper, United States Army, for gallantry in action during combat operations against an armed enemy on 14 May 2006, while serving as an AH-6 Flight Lead Pilot. His actions destroyed several enemy positions and enabled the ground forces to consolidate into defensive positions. Without his courage and gallantry under hostile fire, the ground forces would have sustained significant casualties. Chief Warrant Officer Five Cooper's distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Command, and the United States Army.

Action Date: May 14, 2006

Service: Army

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 5

Company: Headquarters Company

Regiment: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)