Lieutenant Colonel Steven M. K. Cooper is currently at Senior Developmental Education at the Harvard Kennedy School at the Belfer Center.  He most recently served as the commander of the Air Force’s Special Warfare Recruiting Squadron, as the commander of the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, and as a Task Force Commander in Jordan and South Syria.  Lieutenant Colonel Cooper attended and was selected at Special Tactics Officer selection during his senior year at the Air Force Academy.  In addition to his service, Lieutenant Colonel Cooper earned two masters degrees, with his most recent being from Naval Postgraduate School (with honors).  He was recently awarded the Lance P. Sijan Air Force level award for leadership. 

Lieutenant Colonel Cooper was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He entered the Air Force in June 2004 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Lieutenant Colonel Cooper has led Special Tactics and Joint Forces in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, ODESSEY DAWN, INHERENT RESOLVE, UNIFIED PROTECTOR, and other contingency operations.

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