Colonel Kenneth Kops

Chief of Staff, USACAPOC(A)

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Colonel Kenneth Kops is currently assigned as the chief of staff for the US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne).  Colonel Kops received his commission following completion of the Fort Benning US Army Officer Candidate School as an infantry officer. He served as a rifle platoon leader in 1 – 225 Infantry, followed by command of 131 / 1 – 12 Special Forces Group (Airborne). After graduating from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course he was assigned to the 343 Rear Operations Center at Camp Humphreys, Korea where he served as OIC base defense liaison section, and S-3. Subsequently, he served as executive officer and budget officer for Special Operations Command Korea (Airborne) at Camp Kim, Korea. He was then assigned as inspector general for the 19 Theater Support Command, followed by assignment as mobilization/exercise plans officer for the US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg. During his tenure at USASOC(A) he attended and was the distinguished leadership graduate from the Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and deployed to Afghanistan for combat in support of the Joint-Combined Special Operations Task Force (Airborne) - Afghanistan.  He was then posted as the assistant plans officer for the 354 Civil Affairs Brigade at Riverdale, Maryland, and then as the civil affairs staff officer for the US Army Special Operations Agency and the HQDA G-3/5/7 at The Pentagon. Following his time at The Pentagon, Colonel Kops served as the battalion commander for the 418 Civil Affairs Battalion in Belton, Missouri.  After a year at the US Army War College (Joint Warfighting Advanced Studies Program), he served as the deputy commander for the 353 Civil Affairs Command at Fort Wadsworth, New York.  He holds a bachelors degree in history from Siena Heights College, a masters degree in business administration from Touro College, and a masters degree in strategic studies from the US Army War College. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint Forces Staff College’s Advanced Joint Professional Military Education program, and the US Army War College. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (6), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (4), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (2), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2), the Army Superior Unit Award (2), the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the US Army Parachutist Badge, the German Army Parachutist Badge, and the Korean Army Parachutist Badge. He was also designated a distinguished member of the US Army Civil Affairs Corps by the Secretary of the Army in 2008.  Prior to his commissioning in the US Army, he served as a US Marine Corps infantryman.  He is married to the former Yeon (Young) Jeong from Sungnam, Republic of Korea.
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