CMDCM (SW/AW/IW) Augustine C. Cooper

Command Master Chief, USS Essex (LHD 2)

05 March 2020 Master Chief Cooper was born in Saginaw, Mich., and grew up in Norman, Okla.  He enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1992.  Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., he reported to Naval Training Center, where he completed apprenticeship training.Upon graduation, he reported for duty on board USS CAMDEN (AOE 2) as an undesignated Seaman.  He completed two Western Pacific deployments and advanced to Yeoman Second Class.
His fleet assignments include Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron FOUR, Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN, and Electronic Attack Squadron ONE THREE TWO.  In addition, Master Chief Cooper completed shore assignments at Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, Florida A&M University, and as the Washington D.C./Millington, Tenn., Shore Special Programs Detailer.  
In 2013, he was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program and advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer.  His previous Command Master Chief tours were on board USS HOPPER (DDG 70), Navy Information Operations Command, Georgia, and he is currently serving as the Command Master Chief on board USS ESSEX (LHD 2), homeported in San Diego.Master Chief Cooper holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology from Florida A&M University, Magna Cum Laude.  He is also a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 159 Gold) and the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class 130). Master Chief Cooper’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards) and various unit and campaign awards. 



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