Captain Eric Cooper
U.S. Coast Guard
Captain Eric Cooper is assigned to Pacific Area Operations and is responsible for Current Operations, Deployable Specialized Forces, and Shore Forces. Pacific Area includes responsibility for all U.S. Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. Previously, he served as the Deputy Sector Commander in San Diego from July 2015 to July 2017, where he was responsible for all U.S. Coast Guard missions in San Diego and Imperial Counties out to 200 nautical miles offshore, as well as Arizona, southern Utah, and southern Nevada.
Captain Cooper served at the White House as the Director for Maritime Security and the Director for Arctic Region Policy for the National Security Council from 2013 to 2015. Captain Cooper’s previous assignments include: Commanding Officer at Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego; United States Northern Command, where he served as a maritime planner and Crisis Action Team member in the Operations directorate; Executive Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team Boston (91110); US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served in the Naval Architecture Division of the Marine Safety Engineering and Standards Department and as a U.S. delegate to the International Maritime Organization; USCGC WILLOW (WLB 202) as Operations Officer; and aboard the USCGC CHASE, where he enforced UN sanctions in the Northern Arabian Gulf.
Captain Cooper joined the United States Coast Guard in 1992 and is the third generation in his family to serve as a United States Coast Guard officer. He is a 1996 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington. Captain Cooper was selected to attend the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he received a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2008. He was the senior U.S. Coast Guard Fellow at RAND Corporation from 2017 to 2018.
Captain Cooper’s personal awards and honors include the advanced Boat Force Operations Insignia, Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Coast Guard Overseas Service Ribbon and various service and unit awards.
Captain Cooper married Kimberly in 1996 and they have three children.