Distinguished Alumnus 1999
Brig. Gen. Billy R. Cooper

Brig. Gen. Billy R. Cooper, Fort Knox, Ky., was born in 1948 in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School. He received an associate's degree from the University of the State of New York, a bachelor's degree in education from Cameron University in 1977, and a masters in education from Georgia State University.

Commissioned through the Officer Candidate School in December 1968, he is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course and the National War College. His military career has taken him across the United States, to Germany and Vietnam. Of his 31 years in the Army, 12 have been spent at Fort Sill.

Cooper's assignments include training officer, 1st Basic Training Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash.; forward observer, then executive officer, Battery A, 1st Battalion, 21st Artillery, 1st Calvary Division, Vietnam; artillery tactics instructor, U.S. Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill; adjutant, then commander, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 22d Artillery, 1st Armored Division and deputy installation coordinator, 1st Armored Division, Germany.

After serving as assistant professor of military science at Albany State college in Albany, he returned to Fort Sill as field artillery staff officer, staff and faculty battalion, then in Operations, 214th Field Artillery. He served as research and development coordinator, U.S. Army Material Systems Analysis Activity, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and Commander, 2d Battalion, 1st Field Artillery, 1st Armored Division, Germany.

He was senior operations officer and later assistant deputy director for operations, National Military Command Center, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. Again returning to Fort Sill, he was training and doctrine command systems manager for Fire Support Command, Control and Communications Systems and later commanded the 214th Field Artillery Brigade, III Corps Artillery. His next assignment was chief, Fire Support Division and assistant director of requirements, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations