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Major Christopher M. Cooper Endowed Air Force ROTC Excellence Fund

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Major Christopher M. Cooper

The Major Christopher M. Cooper Endowed Air Force ROTC Excellence Fund was established in memory of Major Cooper, who died an untimely death when the B-52 he piloted crashed off the coast of Guam on July 21, 2008. The endowment, established by Christopher’s father, Michael Cooper, and his brother, Timothy Cooper, supports the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the University of Texas.

Christopher Cooper wanted to fly since he was a four-year-old. Turning that dream into a reality, Christopher went through the Air Force ROTC program while at the University of Texas. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1997 after graduating with majors in psychology and aeronautics. He served two tours of duty, one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, where he received a bronze star for his work as an Air Force liaison officer. According to his father, Christopher Cooper loved his career and was proud to be an Air Force pilot.

The Major Christopher M. Cooper Endowed Air Force ROTC Excellence Fund will support University of Texas students who, like Christopher, are passionate about flying and want to serve their country.

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