According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. 1st Class David A. Cooper Jr., 36, of State College, Penn., died Sept. 5 in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
According to unit records, Cooper entered military service on June 25, 1988. He reported for his current term of active service in January 1994, when he reported to the 520th Maintenance Company in Korea for a one-year tour as a Material Storage and Handling Specialist. In February, 1995, he reported to Fort Drum, N.Y., where he served as an Automated Logistical Specialist. He reported to Fort Knox, Ky., to attend the Armor Crewmember Qualification Course in October 1996. In February 1997 he was assigned to Fort Lewis, where he served with 1st
Battalion, 33rd Armor Regiment as an armor crewman; with 2nd Battalion, 358th Armor Regiment as an observer-controller/trainer; and with 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as a platoon sergeant. 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment was later re-designated 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in April 2007. Cooper has served with the brigade’s 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment since January 2007.
Cooper’s military and civilian education includes the Armor Crewmember Qualification Course (1997), Warrior Leader Course (1995), Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course (1999), Basic Instructor Training (2001), Hygiene and Sanitation Training (2002), 270 credit hours of Army correspondence coursework, and 66 semester hours of college coursework.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5 awards), Army Superior Unit Award (2 awards), Army Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Korea Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2 awards), and the Army Service Ribbon.