Maj. Gen. A.C. Roper, 76th Operational Response Command, commanding general. (Photo by Dept. of the Army)
Major General A.C. Roper has served in command and staff assignments spanning a period of thirty-four years. Commissioned in 1983 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he assumed command of the 76th Operational Response Command (ORC) on September 17, 2017. The 76th ORC includes two Chemical Brigades (including 8 Chemical Battalions and 29s Chemical Companies), a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Task Force, 13 Army Reserve Elements (ARE) supporting most Combatant Commands and DoD Agencies, and Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers for all 50 States, 3 territories and all 10 FEMA Regions. Prior to this assignment, he commanded the 80th Training Command in Richmond, VA where he led more than 6,500 Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to three major subordinate one-star divisions under the operational control of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).
Major General Roper's other general officer level assignments includes duties as the Acting Deputy Commanding General - CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) of the 335th Signal Command (Theater). He also served as the Commander of the 415th CBRN Brigade where he was dual-hatted as the Task Force Operations Commander, JTF-51, ARNORTH for the C2CRE Consequence Management homeland response mission. As a Colonel, he served as the Chief of Staff of the 87th Army Reserve Support Command East. Prior to this assignment, he served as the G3/7, Regional Support Group East. Other staff assignments include Inspector General; 87th Division (Training Support) and Assistant Chief of Staff; 81st Regional Readiness Command. MG Roper deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition, he served as Chief, Media Relations during hurricane relief operations in southern Florida in support of Joint Task Force Andrew.
Major General Roper is a graduate of the Chemical Officer Basic and Advance Courses (Honor Graduate of both), Public Affairs Officers Course, Equal Opportunity Advisors Course (Commandant's Award), Inspector General Course, Combined Arms Staff Services School, Command and General Staff College (Commandant's List); the US Army War College, the Joint Senior Reserve Component Officer Course, the Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) Course, the National Defense University's CAPSTONE Course, and Harvard University's National & International Security Seminar. He earned a Master of Science from the University of Alabama and a Master in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.
MG Roper's decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Action Badge, and several other awards and decorations. He is also a recipient of the Chemical Corp's Ancient Order of the Dragon and served as a principal member of the Secretary of the Army's Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee from 2014 to 2017. He currently serves on the Reserve Forces Policy Board for the Secretary of Defense.
In his civilian capacity, MG Roper is the former Chief of Police of the Birmingham Police Department. He is married with two children.