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COLONEL SHAUNTE Y. COOPER

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Col. Shaunte Y. Cooper is the Air National Guard Advisor to the Air Force Recruiting Service Commander, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. She is responsible for directing the integrated ANG staff within Air Force Recruiting Service. She represents the Air National Guard on recruiting issues and is the primary point of contact for ANG manpower and personnel actions.

 

Colonel Cooper joined the Texas Army National Guard in 1989 and attended Army Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Her first assignment was with the 372nd Support Battalion in Texarkana, Texas. In 1992, she transferred to the Texas Air National Guard and was assigned to the 136th Airlift Wing located at Hensley Field in Dallas, Texas. She was commissioned through the Academy of Military Science in 1994. She has served as an executive officer, public affairs officer, protocol officer, and has commanded at the squadron and group levels. After 9/11, Colonel Cooper participated in missions for Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.

 

EDUCATION

1992 Bachelor of Arts (double majors) History - Business Admin. magna cum laude, Wiley College, Marshall, Texas

1998 Squadron Officer School (by correspondence)

1999 Communication and Information Course, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

1999 Equal Employment Opportunity Officer’s Course, Washington, D.C.

2000 Squadron/Flight Commander's Course, Houston, Texas

2007 Air Command and Staff College (by correspondence)

2012 Air War College (by correspondence)

2015 Master of Arts Degree Professional Development with distinction, Amberton University, Garland, Texas

2020 Leadership Enhancement Program, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1. November 1994 – October 1996, Officer in Charge, 136th Consolidated Base Personnel Office, Hensley Field, Texas

2. October 1996 – April 2003, Group Executive Officer, 136th Support Group, Carswell Field, Texas

3. April 2003 – April 2004, Director of Personnel, 147th Fighter Wing, Ellington Field, Texas

4. April 2004 – November 2006, Commander, Mission Support Flight, 147th Fighter Wing, Ellington Field, Texas

5. January 2006 – December 2006, Commander, Mission Support Group, 147th Fighter Wing, Ellington Field, Texas

6. December 2006 – January 2020, Wing Executive Officer, 147th Attack Wing, Ellington Field, Texas

7. January 2020 – Present, Air National Guard Advisor to the Air Force Recruiting Service Commander, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 2 oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with 1 star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Armed Forces Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster

Air Force Longevity Service with 1 oak leaf cluster

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster

 

STATE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal

Texas Outstanding Service Medal

Texas Medal of Merit

Texas Humanitarian Service Medal

Texas Governor’s Unit Citation

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society of Human Resources

Texas Elementary School Teacher Certification (K-8)

Lifetime Member – Air Force Association

Lifetime Member – National Guard Association of Texas

Member – National Guard Association of the United States

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS

Second Lieutenant November 17, 1994

First Lieutenant November 17, 1996

Captain November 17, 1998

Major October 30, 2003

Lieutenant Colonel March 21, 2008

Colonel December 20, 2019

 

(Current as of November 2020)