Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Ted L. Copeland was born and raised in Wapakoneta, Ohio. In 1984 he joined the United States Army and attended One Station Unit Training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama.
CSM Copeland has served in various assignments stateside and overseas including the Law Enforcement Activity Company, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; 55th Military Police Company, Camp Market, Korea; 342nd Military Police Company (EG), Columbus, Ohio; HHC, 391st Military Police Battalion, Columbus, Ohio; CSM of the 391st Military Police Battalion, 300th Military Police Brigade; 4th Bde, 75th Training Division (MC), 311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 79th Sustainment Support Command, Command Sergeant Major, and currently serving as the United States Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major. CSM Copeland has served in every leadership position from team leader to CSM and twice as a company 1SG. While serving in the above duty positions, CSM Copeland has participated in five mobilizations and operational deployments to Saudi Arabia (Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Cease Fire); Turkey, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (OEF, OCONUS); Ft. Riley, Kansas (OEF, CONUS); Iraq (OIF 07-08), Afghanistan (OEF 12-13). CSM Copeland’s formal military training consists of Primary Leadership Development Course, MP Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, MP Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, TATS First Sergeants Course, the USASMA Sergeants Major Course, Nonresidence Class 30, Command Sergeants Major course and Army Substance Abuse Program. He is a retired Police sergeant and his civilian education includes an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Vincennes University. He also is a graduate of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy and has a combined total of over 1300 hours in civilian law enforcement training. He is certified as a Firearms instructor, ASP and PR24 instructor, Background Investigator, Police Motorcyclist and Police Carbine, Shotgun, Revolver and Semiautomatic Instructor.
CSM Copeland’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1 OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (3rd OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), the Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), the Army Reserve Achievement Medal (8th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 Bronze Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Service Medal, Korean Defense Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Ribbon (30 Yr Device, M-Device, Numeral 2), the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5), the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 2), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), NATO Medal, Army Reserves Overseas Training Ribbon and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Unit Meritorious Award.
CSM Copeland is married to his wife Grace who resides in Wapakoneta, Ohio.