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Captain Cooperman

Captain Kathleen K. Cooperman

Commanding Officer
U.S. Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Okinawa, Japan

Captain Cooperman is a native of Arlington, Virginia.  She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated in 2000 with a Master of Health Administration. Upon graduation, she commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps. 

Cooperman’s first assignment was to the Naval Medical Center, San Diego where she served as the Resource Sharing Program Manager. In 2002, Cooperman reported to U.S. Naval Hospital, Rota, Spain where she served as Command Operations Management Officer.  In 2004, she selected for Duty Under Instruction at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California where she completed a Master of Science Management in Manpower Systems Analysis and the Navy War College’s Joint Professional Military Education Phase I.

In 2008, Captain Cooperman reported to the National Capital Region where she completed three tours from 2008-2015: BUMED Manpower Analyst M12, Special Assistant for Health Affairs, Military Manpower & Personnel, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs), and Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chief, Bureau of Medicine & Surgery.
In 2015, she selected for a milestone assignment as Officer-In-Charge (OIC), Admiral Joel T. Boone Branch Health Clinic located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. In 2018, her broad range of manpower experience led to her selection as Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower and Personnel (M1), Naval Medical Forces Atlantic, Portsmouth, Virginia providing support to 21 commands and assisting in the provision of Forces during the Nation’s war on COVID-19.

Captain Cooperman served as Executive Officer, U.S. Navy Medicine Readiness & Training Command, Naples, Italy.  She led the forward staged medical team to deliver superior healthcare services, training, and support to 15K Operational Forces assigned to 37 Operational Units to the U.S. Sixth Fleet and NAVEURAFCENT area of responsibility.  It is her absolute honor and privilege to serve as Commanding Officer, U.S. Navy Medicine Readiness & Training Command, Okinawa, Japan; and, Director, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan.

Captain Cooperman is board certified in healthcare management. Honors include the Senior Level Healthcare Excellence Regent’s Award 2015, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral J. M. Boorda Award for Outstanding Integration of Analysis, Meritorious Service Medal (six), Navy Commendation Medal (two), and Navy and the Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two).

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