By U.S. ArmyOctober 4, 2016
Command Sgt. Maj. Jason R. Copeland is a native of Portsmouth, Va. He began active duty service in 1996 and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort McClellan, Ala., as a Military Policeman.
Command Sgt. Maj. Copeland has served in a variety of positions including Gunner, Driver, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, Drill Sergeant Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Assistant Inspector General, Operations NCO, First Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, and Provost Sergeant Major.
His assignments include tours with the 4th Military Police Company, Fort Hood, Texas; 615th Military Police Company, Vilseck, Germany; 978th Military Police Company, Fort Bliss, Texas; Company A, 795th Military Police Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Drill Sergeant School, Fort Leonard Wood; 142nd Military Police Company, Yongsan, Korea; USFK/8th Army Inspector General Office, Yongsan; 401st Military Police Company, Fort Hood; 411th Military Police Company, Fort Hood: and Directorate of Emergency Services, Fort Benning, Ga. He has deployed to Albania, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.
Command Sgt. Maj. Copeland's military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Advance Leadership Courses, Sergeants Major Academy (Class 64), Total Army Instructor Training Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Special Reaction Team Training, Drill Sergeant School, Combative Levels 1-3, Anti-Terrorism Officers Course (Basic), Critical Incident Peer Support Course, Inspector General Course, First Sergeant Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, and the Master Resiliency Course.
He holds a bachelor of science degree from Troy University, a bachelor of arts degree from Excelsior College, and a master of arts degree from University of Texas at El Paso. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Global Leadership.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (6 AWD), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3 OLC), NATO Medal.