After completion of recruit training, he attended Radioman ‘A’ School, graduating with honors, resulting in accelerated advancement to Petty Officer Third Class. Further enlisted assignments include serving aboard USS BUCHANAN (DDG-14), Naval Communications Area Master Station WESTPAC, Guam, Naval Communications Detachment, Cheltenham, MD, and USS CONOLLY (DD-979). He was selected for Chief Petty Officer in 1997 while serving aboard USS CONOLLY.
He was then assigned to USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV-67) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, DC, where he was commissioned to Ensign in November 1999 under the Limited Duty Officer program. Upon completion of Officer Indoctrination in Pensacola, Florida, his follow-on assignments include NCTS Sigonella, Sicily, TSCOMM Officer in Charge, USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41), Electronics Material Officer, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, VA, Chief, Software Development Branch, Commander Riverine Group One, Virginia Beach, VA, Director, Force Communications/N6, COMSEC Material Issuing Office (CMIO), Norfolk, VA, Officer In Charge, Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Virginia Beach, VA, Director, Communications Systems/N6, and U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, FL, J6 Directorate Branch Chief and Executive Officer to the J6/Chief Information Officer. He re-designated to Information Professional Officer, 1820, in 2017.
Commander Loper holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems from Strayer University and a Master of Science in Information Technology Management with a concentration in Information Security / Assurance and Digital Forensics from Trident University International.
Commander Loper’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (7 awards).