|Vice Admiral Thomas H. Copeman III
Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
Vice Admiral Copeman graduated from high school in Honolulu after which he attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where he received a bachelor’s in biology in 1981. He was commissioned April 2, 1982, at Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I.
Copeman has served aboard cruisers and destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. His first assignment was as electrical officer and main propulsion assistant aboard USS Leftwich (DD 984). His second division officer tour was as a gas turbine inspector for Pacific Fleet Propulsion Examining Board. Following his graduation from Surface Warfare Officers School Department Head Course in 1987, he reported aboard USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) as the commissioning engineer officer in participation of combat operations in the Persian Gulf War. Subsequent sea tours include executive officer aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and commanding officer aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65). Following a tour as fleet operations officer in U.S. 2nd Fleet, Copeman commanded Destroyer Squadron 28 where he deployed as the sea combat commander, in the George Washington Carrier Strike Group to the Arabian Gulf in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
While ashore, Copeman served in the U.S. Strategic Command, Omaha, Neb., as an action officer in the Current Operations Directorate (J31). His next shore tour was as a requirements officer in the Theater Air Warfare Branch in the Surface Warfare Directorate (N76), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He served as executive assistant to the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; the director of Navy Senate Liaison in the Office of Legislative Affairs; and the chief of staff for Naval Surface Forces, San Diego, Calif. He served as deputy chief of staff for Operations and Training for U.S. Pacific Fleet. His next assignment was Commander, Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and his most recent assignment was Chief of Legislative Affairs.
Copeman is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and has a Master of Science in administration from Central Michigan University. He also completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program on national security affairs.
Copeman has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal as well as various unit and campaign awards.
SURFOR Change of Command
SAN DIEGO – Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III relieved Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC), during a ceremony aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Third SINKEX during RIMPAC
Kauai, Hawaii - A live-fire exercise, part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, sank the ex-USS Kilauea (T-AE-26) in waters 15,480 feet deep, 63 miles off the coast of Kauai.
Naval Surface Forces Commander Visits SWOS
NEWPORT, R.I. - Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR), Vice Adm. Thomas Copeman, visited the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) for a tour and update on school programs.
Navy Announces Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the Navy is using the month as a launch pad to focus on Navy's ongoing suicide prevention efforts, officials announced in NAVADMIN 259/12.
Valiant Shield 2012 Ends
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, GUAM - More than 25 U.S. joint forces completed their participation in Valiant Shield 2012 (VS12), ending the 9-day long exercise in the region around Guam.
IMCMEX12 Military Exercise Concludes
MANAMA, Bahrain - International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2012 (IMCMEX12) concluded at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command after two weeks of seminars and training operations.
SECNAV Honors Leadership in Energy and Water Efficiency
WASHINGTON - Eight Department of the Navy (DoN) commands were recognized for exemplary achievements at the annual Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Awards ceremony held at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center.
Littoral Combat Ship Shore-Based Training Facility Realigns
SAN DIEGO - The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Shore-Based Training Facility (LTF) was internally realigned from Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) Detachment San Diego to CSCS' Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center (FLEASWTRACEN).
National City Celebrates San Diego Sailors of the Year
NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - National City Chamber of Commerce celebrated more than 15 Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) Sailors and nearly 200 San Diego based service members during the 56th annual Salute to Navy Luncheon at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.
February 2013 SELRES Advancement Exams Announced
PENSACOLA, Fla. - February 2013 Navywide examinations for advancement in rate of E4-E7 Selected Reserve (SELRES) personnel and FY-14 SELRES Chief Petty Officer Selection Boards were announced in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 308-12.
Pacific Fleet Commander Visits NAF Misawa
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan - The commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet visited Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa, touring the base, meeting with Sailors, and conducting an all-hands call.
U.S. Navy, Royal Cambodian Navy kick off CARAT 2012
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - The U.S. Navy and Royal Cambodian Navy commenced the 3rd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise with an opening ceremony held at the Royal Cambodian Ream Navy Base.
Military Families Receive Donations for their Service
SAN DIEGO – Volunteers from the Church of Rancho Bernardo gathered to show their appreciation to service members in the San Diego area by distributing essential items to more than 40 military families during an event on Naval Base San Diego.
Petty Officers Advancement Announced
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- More than 26,000 active duty and nearly 600 Full Time Support (FTS) Sailors are on their way to advancement to E4, E5 and E6 with the release of the fall Petty Officer advancement list.
San Diego Sailors, Families Clean Up Streets
SAN DIEGO - More than 300 Sailors and Navy family members walked down streets to collect trash surrounding Naval Base San Diego Nov. 17 during the "Main Street Clean Up" event.
CNO Recognizes Fleet's Best
WASHINGTON - The chief of naval operations (CNO) presented the Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale Leadership Award to two commanders at the Pentagon in the Hall of Heroes.
MCPON Releases CPO 365 Training Guidance
WASHINGTON - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens took office last year, he recognized that training chiefs for their new leadership role in six weeks, as the original CPO induction dictated, was hindering them in becoming as successful as possible.
Port Engineers Awarded Formal Certification
SAN DIEGO - U.S. Navy port engineers are now being awarded formal certifications to mark their level of training, familiarization, and progress in the U.S. Navy Port Engineer Program.
Turning Civilians into Sailors
GREAT LAKES, Ill. - It's no surprise that Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Shirra Dickerson wound up being a Recruit Division Commander (RDC) -- she'd planned it from the start.
Defense Department Rescinds Direct Combat Exclusion Rule
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service.
CNO Reenlists San Diego Sailors
SAN DIEGO - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert reenlisted 31 Sailors at a reenlistment ceremony and all hands call hosted at Naval Air Station North Island's Lowry Movie Theater.
Captains Call Kit on Continuing Resolution and Sequestration
WASHINGTON - With the budgetary uncertainty associated with the ongoing continuing resolution and the looming threat of sequestration, the Navy must begin seriously considering options to deal with what could be a $4-$9 billion shortfall in operating and maintenance accounts.
SURFPAC’s 2012 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year Announced
San Diego, CA - Construction Mechanic 1st Class Petty Officer (SCW/EXW) Daniel Perez, Beachmaster Unit 1, was named the Shore Sailor of the Year and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Petty Officer (AW/SW) Shawn-Patrick Bland, USS Makin Island (LHD 8), was named as the 2012 Sea Sailor of the Year for Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Damage Controlman Awarded Purple Heart
SAN DIEGO – Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Vice Adm. Tom Copeman awarded Damage Controlman 2nd Class Petty Officer (SW) Izzysara Rosenthalgeorge the Purple Heart during a ceremony on Naval Base San Diego.
SecNav Names Multiple Ships
WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the next three joint high speed vessels (JHSV) will be named USNS Yuma, USNS Bismarck and USNS Burlington, and two littoral combat ships (LCS) will be named USS Billings and USS Tulsa.
LCS Remote Minehunting System Completes Reliability Testing
WASHINGTON - The Navy successfully concluded the second and final phase of reliability testing of the littoral combat ship (LCS) remote minehunting system (RMS) off the coast of Palm Beach, Fla., enabling the service to progress toward developmental testing, the Navy announced.
Keel Authenticated for Eighth LCS
MOBILE, Ala. - The Navy and Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Montgomery, the Navy's eighth littoral combat ship (LCS)in Mobile, Ala.
Pacific Partnership Concludes Work in Marshall Islands
MAJURO, Marshall Islands - Members of Pacific Partnership 2013 joined distinguished members of the Marshallese government and U.S. Ambassador Thomas H. Armbruster for a closing ceremony on the island of Majuro to mark the end the Republic of the Marshall Islands mission.
GWCSG Kicks Off Talisman Saber 13
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea - U.S. and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sailors from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) began their portion of Talisman Saber 2013 off the northeast coast of Australia.
Pacific Partnership Tests Water Quality on Tarawa
TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati - Pacific Partnership 2013 environmental health specialists from the New Zealand Army are testing the quality of water from a number of rainwater catchment systems throughout Tarawa atoll in the Republic of Kiribati.
Testing Chaplains in the Battlefield during Talisman Saber
PEARL HARBOR - Capt. Francis D. Bonadonna, deputy fleet chaplain for U.S. Pacific Fleet, had a rare opportunity to create scenarios for the chaplain corps during the amphibious portion of exercise Talisman Saber 2013, being held off the coast of Australia.
Pacific Partnership Donates Toys to School for Disabled Children
TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati - Pacific Partnership 2013, Project Handclasp and U.S. and partner nation service members distributed toys to students at the Kiribati School for the Disabled during as a part of a community service event on Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati.
Multilateral Pacific Mission Boosts Disaster Response Capacity
WASHINGTON- Two months into the largest disaster response preparedness operation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, participants in Pacific Partnership 2013 are taking the mission to the next level in ways the mission commander says will help to ensure its long-term viability despite budgetary constraints.
Talisman Saber 2013 Gets Underway with Extra Help
SYDNEY, Australia - The U.S. 7th Fleet flag ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) is a little heavier this week as over 230 reserves, active duty and Australian augments board to take part in Talisman Saber 2013 (TS13) in Sydney, Australia.
US, Royal Australian Navy Complete TS 13 Torpedo Exercise
CORAL SEA - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarine participated in a torpedo exercise in the Coral Sea, July 19, in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013.
Combat Logistics Force Ships underway for Talisman Saber exercise
CORAL SEA - Navy Combat Logistics Force ships USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) and USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) are steaming off the coast of northeastern Australia this week, providing vital logistics support to U.S. and Australian ships participating in Talisman Saber 2013.
Pacific Partnership Hosts Disaster Response Workshop
TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati - National emergency managers and disaster response organization representatives from the Republic of Kiribati joined Pacific Partnership personnel for a disaster response workshop at the Kiribati Parliament.
VCNO Visits U.S. 5th Fleet Sailors
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN - Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) and Fleet Master Chief for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education visited the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
Pacific Partnership 2013 Comes to a Close
HONIARA, Solomon Islands - The sixth phase of Pacific Partnership concluded in the Solomon Islands, bringing the 2013 edition of the multinational mission to a close.
SURFPAC Chief Selectees Visit Gravesite of MOH Recipient Lt. John W. Finn
CAMPO, Calif. - Chief petty officer selectees assigned to commander of Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, recite the Sailor's Creed at the grave of Navy Lt. John William Finn, a Sailor in the U.S. Navy who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.
SURFPAC Sailors Advanced to Chief Petty Officer
CORONADO, Calif. – A group of 11 Sailors were advanced to the rank of chief petty officer (CPO) during a pinning ceremony sponsored by the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) at the base chapel on board Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Sept. 13.
Ceremony for Three New Destroyers
Lt.Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general, First Marine Expeditionary Force, will preside over a ceremony in recognition of the Navy’s three newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyers, USS John Finn, USS Ralph Johnson, and USS Rafael Peralta.
SURFPAC Hosts Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
CORONADO, Calif. -- The staff of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) honored the conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month with a celebration held at their headquarters building in Coronado, Calif.
Hagel Orders Aircraft Carrier, Ships to Philippines
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the aircraft carrier USS George Washington and several other U.S. Navy ships to the Republic of the Philippines today, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.
U.S. Navy Sends Assistance to Philippines
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The United States Seventh Fleet has mobilized numerous resources to aid in the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.
More Ospreys Deploy to Philippines for Typhoon Relief Missions
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, Japan – Four additional MV-22B Ospreys have deployed from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, to support Operation Damayan, a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
Harris Activates Hospital Ship to Support Philippines
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, directed the activation of the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Nov. 13 to be ready to support ongoing disaster relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Operation Damayan 7th Fleet Update
YOKOSUKA, Japan - The USS George Washington is delivering water, medical supplies and hygienic supplies to Guiuan/Samar, Ormoc, Borongan and Leyte Gulf. 20 US Navy helicopters have been in continuous operation since yesterday.
Tactical Paradigm Shift
No matter what the future surface force might look like, the Navy first needs to invest in educating its people. The best place to start is a Naval Surface and Expeditionary Warfare Command.
USS Green Bay to replace USS Denver in Japan
The U.S. Navy announced today plans to send their newest amphibious dock landing ship to Sasebo, Japan, demonstrating the United States' commitment to the defense of Japan and the security and stability of the vital Asia-Pacific.
Through The Looking Glass:
Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, talks with junior surface warfare officers during the anti-submarine warfare weapons tactics instructor course at the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command in San Diego.
SURFOR Welcomes 2013 SOY Finalists
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 10, 2014) - Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year (SOY) finalists attend a hosted breakfast at the San Diego Zoo as part of the annual Sea and Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) week.
Ships Store Award Winners Announced
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Winners for the Best of Class Ships Store Retail and Service Excellence Award winners for fiscal year 2013 were announced by Commander Naval Supply Systems Command and Chief of Supply Corps Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen.
CNO Talks LCS Survivability
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert assured members of the Senate Armed Services (SASC) Committee March 27 on the survivability of the littoral combat ship (LCS).
Up To Speed
Developing Surface Warfare tactics must be a core function, not an afterthought, and we must develop and assess these tactics at the individual level where specialized functions are executed that contribute to the combat effectiveness of the ship.
SURFOR Making Progress in RAD Initiatives
SAN DIEGO – The leader of the Navy’s Surface Force says his staff is committed to supporting the recommendations of the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO) Reducing Administrative Distractions (RAD) initiative and improvements are already making their way to the waterfront.
Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, Vice Adm. Tom Copeman visited Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) during a tour.
U.S. Navy Ships, Sailors Set to Sail into Seattle Fleet Week
SEATTLE (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), and guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) will be in Seattle for Seafair as part of the annual festival's Fleet Week, marking the return of the U.S. Navy to Seafair after missing the event in 2013.
RIMPAC's Maritime Component Commander Thanks Hawaii
HONOLULU (NNS) -- A veteran newscaster in Hawaii and anchor of KHON(FOX)2's Wake Up 2day show, gave Canadian Rear Adm. Gilles Couturier an honorary title during an interview about Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014.
RIMPAC 2014 Concludes with Enhanced Cooperation among 22 Nations
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The world's largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, concluded with the participation of 22 nations, 49 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.