Command Sergeant Major Jason R. Copeland is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration, Master of Arts in Leadership Studies, two Graduate Certificates in Executive and High Performance Leadership, and is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Public Policy with concentration in Global Leadership.
CSM Copeland has served in a variety of positions including Gunner, Driver, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, Drill Sergeant Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Assistant Inspector General, Operations NCO, First Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, and Provost Sergeant Major and Command Sergeant Major.
His most recent assignment was as the Command Sergeant Major 701st MP Group (CID). His subsequent assignments include Garrison Command Sergeant Major, Camp Casey, Korea; Directorate of Emergency Services, Fort Benning, GA; 720th MP Battalion, Fort Hood, TX; 411th MP Company, Fort Hood, TX; and USFK/8th Army Inspector General Office, Yongsan, Korea. He has deployed to Albania, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan.
His military schooling includes all levels of the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System, Sergeants Major Academy (Class 64), Continuing Education for Senior Leaders, Pre-Command Courses and CSM Development Programs, First Sergeant Course, Inspector General Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Master Resiliency Course, Total Army Instructor Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Anti-Terrorism Officers Course (Basic), and Critical Incident Peer Support Course.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5),Overseas Service Ribbon (5 OLC), NATO Medal and the Prestigious Order of the Marechaussee in Bronze.