Commander COL
Derek C. Cooper

CDR COL Derek C. Cooper is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona with a Baccalaureate Degree in Aeronautical Science and a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. COL Cooper was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Army on 26 April 1991. Upon completing the Medical Service Corps Basic Course and the Medical Logistics Basic Course in December 1991, he was assigned as the Operations Officer for the 37th Medical Battalion in Pirmasens, Germany followed by an assignment as a Platoon Leader for the 226th Medical Battalion. He was reassigned in 1994 to the 1st Armored Division where he served as the Division Medical Supply Officer. In 1997, following the Officer Advanced Course and USAMMA Internship Program, he was assigned to 3rd Infantry Division in Hinesville, Georgia where he served on the DISCOM staff and later commanded the Charlie Company, 703rd Main Support Battalion. Following command, COL Cooper earned a Masters of Science in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology.
In 2001, he was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington and served as the Chief of Property Management, Madigan Army Medical Center. After attendance at the Command and General Staff College where he earned a Masters of Military Art and Science, COL Cooper was assigned to 18th Medical Command in Korea. He served a year as the 18th MEDCOM Support Operations Officer and a year as the Executive Officer for the 52nd Medical Evacuation Battalion. His next assignment was as the Deputy G4 for 30th Medical Brigade where he deployed for OIF in 2005/2006. Upon redeployment he served as the Deputy V Corps Surgeon in Heidelberg, Germany until the summer of 2008 when he assumed command of the U.S. Army Health Clinic, Hohenfels. In July 2010, COL Cooper assumed duties as the Executive Officer, Director of Logistic/G4, Office of the Surgeon General/MEDCOM. In June 2013, COL Cooper deployed to Afghanistan with the 62nd Medical Brigade and served as the Brigade Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff. Upon return from deployment COL Cooper was assigned as the MEDCOM Deputy G4 and served in that capacity until May 2015 when he was reassigned and assumed command of the 6th Medical Logistics Management Center, Fort Detrick, Maryland until May 2017. COL Cooper comes to the 65th Medical Brigade after most recently serving as the Chief of Staff, United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Maryland.

COL Cooper's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1OLC), the Bronze Star (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Expert Field Medical Badge. COL Cooper is married to Karen K. Cooper and they have two sons: Joshua and Bryce-Alan.

Command Sergeant Major
Thomas M. Barone

CSM CSM Barone is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and enlisted in the United States Army, June 1992, as a Combat Medic.

CSM Barone has served in a myriad of medical leadership positions. These positions include(d) Ambulance Driver, Ambulance Team Leader, Flight Medical NCO, Training NCO, Ambulance Evacuation Squad Leader, Medical Treatment Squad Leader, MEDEVAC Flight PSG, Combat Medic (68W) Instructor/Writer, Medical Treatment PSG, Area Support Medical Company 1SG, Flight Medical O/C (Project Warrior), AMEDD NCOA Operations Sergeant, AMEDD SLC 1SG, MEDEVAC 1SG, DIV Surgeon SGM and BN CSM.

CSM Barone's assignments include the 557th Medical Company (GA), Wiesbaden, Germany, Flatiron (USAAC), Fort Rucker, Alabama, 501st FSC (Airborne), 173rd Airborne BDE, Vicenza, Italy, F Co, 232nd Medical BN, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the 377th Medical Co, Camp Humphreys, Korea, 520th Area Support Medical Company, 62nd Medical BDE, Fort Lewis, Washington, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, AMEDD NCO Academy, Joint Base San Antonio, C Co, 7-101st, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USASMA, Fort Bliss, Texas, HHBN, 82ndABN DIV, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the 261st Multifunctional Medical BN, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. CSM Barone has deployed in support of both OIF and OEF.

CSM Barone's military education includes Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and AIT at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the EMT Course, the Warrior Leader Course, Small Arms Maintenance Course, Bus Drivers Course, Flight Medical Aidman Course, Field Sanitation Course, the Advanced Leader Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, the Senior Leader Course, JRTC O/C Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Basic Airborne Course, USAF Airlift Planners Course, Defense Packaging of Hazardous Materials and Transport Course, Basic Instructor Trainer Course, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, Basic Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Professionals, International Trauma Life Support, Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation, the Air Assault Course, USASMA (Class 65), the AMEDD PCC and both Command and General Staff College BN and BDE PCCs.

CSM Barone's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC/1SOLC), Air Medal (w/Valor), Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), National Defense Service Medal (1BS), Kosovo Campaign Medal (1BS), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1CS), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2CS), Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCOPD Ribbon (4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5), NATO Medal (1BS), Meritorious Unit Citation (3), Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Master Army Aviation Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drivers Badge (Wheeled), German Schutzenschnur (Bronze), and the Italian Airborne Wings. He is also the recipient of the Order of Saint Michael for his contributions to the Army Aviation Community and the Order of Military Medical Merit for his dedicated contributions to the Army Medical Department.

CSM Barone holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and a Master's Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. He is also a member of the Epsilon Pi Phi National Honor Society for superior scholastic achievements.

CSM Barone is married to Mrs. Shannon Barone for the past 25 years and have raised two wonderful children together.