Major General A.C. Roper assumed responsibility as the Deputy Commanding General, U. S. Army Reserve Command on 3 June 2019. In this capacity he oversees the Army Reserve Operational, Functional, Training, and Support Commands located in the Continental United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Germany. He recently served as the Deputy Chief, Army Reserve (DCAR), Office of the Chief of Army Reserve, headquartered at the Pentagon, Washington, DC with responsibility for strategy, policies, and key administration initiatives. Prior to this assignment he commanded the 76th Operational Response Command in Salt Lake City, UT which was the USAR's all hazard response command.
Major General Roper's other general officer level assignments include duties as the Commanding General – 80th Training Command (OPCON to TRADOC), Acting Deputy Commanding General - CBRN, 335th Signal Command and Commander of the 415th CBRN Brigade where he was dual-hatted as the Task Force Operations Commander, JTF-51, ARNORTH for the C2CRE-A homeland response mission. He also served as Chief of Staff, 87th Army Reserve Support Command East; G3/7, Regional Support Group East; 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. During Joint Task Force Andrew he supported hurricane relief operations in Southern Florida.
Major General Roper was commissioned in 1983 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His military education includes 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, the NORTHCOM Joint Task Force Commanders 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.
Major General Roper's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge, and various other awards. He also served as a principal member of the Secretary of the Army's Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee and the Secretary of Defense’s Reserve Forces Policy Board. In his civilian capacity, MG Roper has over 33 years of law enforcement experience culminating with his 10 year tenure as the Chief of Police of the Birmingham Police Department. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute, and also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice. He specialized in protecting critical infrastructure and served on the Executive Board of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. He and Edith, his wife of 34 years, are the proud parents of two adult daughters.