CAPT. Brad Cooper, son of TBE’s Brad Cooper was recently named the Executive Director of “Joining Forces,” a White House program launched in April by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, to help support U.S. military members and their families.
Joining Forces is a national program that seeks committed support from public and private sector institutions and individuals to help U.S. military members and their families cope with issues related to education, financial matters, health issues, or employment. It encourages all Americans to get involved and show their support to our military families, even if just by helping with small tasks like carpooling, babysitting, or mowing their yard.
CAPT. Cooper has a good understanding of what the program is trying to accomplish since he came from a military family himself and has moved 27 times during his childhood and career and has deployed 10 times. CAPT. Cooper’s 22-year career has been marked by global service in every Combatant Command theater of operation, including a tour on the ground in Afghanistan as well as serving as the Commander of the guided missile destroyer RUSSELL and three tours working for senior leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense. He most recently served as Senior Military Assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Now, as Executive Director of Joining Forces, he works in the office of First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington D.C.