Captain Chris Kopach received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Union College and was commissioned via the NROTC program in 1993.
His first assignment was at Naval Space Command in Dahlgren VA. As the Fleet Support Division Officer he qualified as Space Watch Officer for US Space Command’s Alternate Space Surveillance Center, responsible for threat detection, space object monitoring and US Space Shuttle support. In January 1997 then LTJG Kopach was assigned to DIA’s Central MASINT Technology Coordination Office as an intelligence capabilities requirements officer. His next assignment was to the Joint Analysis Center in Molesworth, England, first as a MASINT collections officer and then qualifying as theater Indications and Warning Watch Officer. In 2002, then LT Kopach reported as the Targeting Officer to the US SEVENTH Fleet staff embarked on the USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) forward deployed to Yokosuka Japan. In 2005 then LCDR Kopach was assigned to the staff of US Pacific Fleet in Hawaii as the Fleet Targeting Officer. Concurrently, he was assigned as a core member of JTF-519, US Pacific Command’s response force
From 2007 to early 2009 then LCDR Kopach served as Assistant Intelligence Officer on USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75). In 2009 he reported to Special Operations Command Central as the Intelligence Operations Branch Chief. CDR Kopach deployed in 2010 to Iraq as the J2 Director of Intelligence for Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command-Iraq (JFSOCC-I). Upon redeployment, he served as SOCCENT’s Intelligence Plans Branch Chief from December 2010 until January 2012. For his O5 milestone duty, then CDR Kopach served as Maritime Intelligence Operations Center Director and Assistant N2 for Commander, US Naval Forces Southern Command/US FOURTH Fleet. From 2014 to 2015, then CDR Kopach attended the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at Fort McNair and received a Master’s of Science Degree in Defense Resourcing. In July 2015, he assumed the responsibilities as the Chief of Targets and GEOINT for US Central Command until August 2017. From August 2017 through June 2019 CAPT Kopach served as the Director of Information Warfare for Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Command. In August 2019 he reported aboard Naval Information Warfare Training Group Norfolk as the Executive Officer.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Air Force Achievement Medal and is a Joint Qualified Officer.