Major Jacob Kopp is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and the Assistant Operations Officer at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 765, The Citadel. Major Kopp instructs the freshmen and sophomore class curriculum, which provides new and returning cadets an immersion into Air Force history, culture, customs, and fundamental leadership principles. As the Assistant Operations Officer, he assists with all detachment operations for one of the largest cadet corps in the Air Force.
Major Kopp received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps from the University of Washington, Detachment 910 in June 2013. He is an Airfield Operations Officer and was previously an enlisted Avionics Systems Journeyman on C-130 and C-17 aircrafts. Prior to his current assignment, Major Kopp served as the Executive Officer for the 435th Contingency Response Group located at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
EDUCATION: 2008 Associate in Avionics Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force 2013 Bachelor of Technical Management, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla. 2018 Advanced Airfield Manager Course, Keesler AFB, Miss. 2020 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
ASSIGNMENTS: December 2002 – February 2003: Basic Training, Lackland AFB, Texas February 2003 – July 2003: Student, Aircraft Avionics Systems Technical School, Sheppard AFB, Texas August 2003 – February 2009: Integrated Avionics Craftsman, 463rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark. March 2009 – August 2011: Integrated Avionics Journeyman, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron McChord AFB, Wash. August 2011 – June 2014: Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 910, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. June 2014 – March 2017: Airfield Operations Officer, 80th Operations Support Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas April 2017 – March 2018: Director of Operations Airfield Operations Flight, 51st Operations Support Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea April 2018 – September 2018: Executive Officer, 51st Operations Group, Osan AB, Republic of Korea October 2018 – April 2019: Airfield Operations Flight Commander 51st Operations Support Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea May 2019 – August 2020: Operations Flight Commander, 435th Contingency Response Squadron Ramstein AB, Germany August 2020 – July 2021: Executive Officer, 435th Contingency Response Group, Ramstein AB, Germany July 2021 – Present: Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Assistant Operations Officer, AFROTC Det 765, The Citadel, S.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: Air Force Commendation Medal Air Force Achievement Medal Afghanistan Campaign Medal Iraq Campaign Medal Korean Defense Service Medal Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal NATO Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION: Airman Basic December 30, 2002 Airman 1st Class February 14, 2003 Senior Airman June 14, 2005 Staff Sergeant February 1, 2008 Second Lieutenant June 14, 2013 First Lieutenant December 13, 2015 Captain December 13, 2017 Major May 1, 2023