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Marine Corps officer receives promotion abroad

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U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jason Copeland, 39, of Roswell, stands with his family after being promoted to his current rank on Oct. 1. Copeland serves as the Future Plans Officer with the 3D MEB, the Marine Corps’ rapid response element in the Asia-Pacific region. (Submitted Photo)

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OKINAWA, JAPAN – U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jason Copeland, 39, of Roswell, was promoted to his current rank on Oct. 1. Copeland serves as the Future Plans Officer with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3D MEB), the Marine Corps’ resilient, ready and relevant rapid response element in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Lt. Col. Copeland is one of our best and brightest,” said Brig. Gen. Kyle Ellison, commanding general of the 3D MEB. “His hard work and diligence here at the 3D MEB has pushed us forward in becoming one of the Corps’ most versatile elements, able to rapidly maneuver, command and control various units, and provide options to the Marine Corps and the Joint Force here in the IndoPacific region. His promotion is well deserved and proves his future leadership potential and value to the Marine Corps.”

Copeland holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, as well as master’s degrees from Louisiana State University, the Marine Corps’ Command and Staff College, and the Corps’ School of Advanced Warfighting.

He has also commanded at the Marine Corps platoon and company level, including two combat tours in Iraq, during one of which he was awarded a Bronze Star for actions under fire.

Copeland served as an instructor at Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana, worked as a senior instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy and led the Marine Corps’ recruiting station in Baltimore, Maryland.

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His current assignment is the Future Plans Officer for 3D MEB based in Okinawa, Japan, where he is responsible for planning for wartime contingency missions as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

Copeland’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

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