Interview of Cathy A. Cooper by Lindsey Jensen
April 2, 2014
Cathy Cooper was born in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. She attended Berkeley High School and was a dedicated piano player for much of her life. After a year and a half in college, she decided to enlist in the United States Army in 1988. Little did she know that she would she would be serving as a Quarter Master Sergeant for the next 22 years. During her service, Ms. Cooper was deployed to Korea, Panama, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. She was stationed in Fort Stewart, Fort Hood, Fort Lee, and Fort Bliss. She remembers fondly that, under her administration in Korea, only one pair of pants was missing at the end of deployment. This was quite the feat, given that Ms. Cooper was in charge of the inventory of thousands of items. She retired after her second deployment in Iraq in 2010. Ms. Cooper now works at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston; she commutes from Moncks Corner. She is currently taking classes to get her Masters in Business Administration. She has two sons, a 25-year-old in the National Guard and a 16-year-old enrolled at Camden Military Academy.