Join #TeamUSX in welcoming U.S. Army officer Shawn Cooper from Washington State to our Florida scuba expedition team! From Oct. 18-22, he’ll join us in conducting transect-based survey dives together with the Reef Check Foundation to monitor coral reef health off Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Cooper is an active duty 1LT in the U.S. Army’s Medical Service Corps. After his 2015 graduation from the United States Military Academy, Cooper completed Rotary Wing Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama and was selected to become a UH-60 MEDEVAC pilot and Platoon Leader. His current unit provides crash-rescue support to the Army's Flight School, MEDEVAC coverage for the Florida phase of Ranger School, and augments civilian Emergency Medical Services in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. While studying Life Sciences at West Point, Cooper was introduced to SCUBA through the lifetime sports program and earned his open water certification. He’s excited to apply his scuba experience to ocean-based scientific research alongside his military/veteran team members. “For me, the most meaningful part of this trip, and of USX's mission as a whole, is that it doesn't focus on a single challenge to be overcome. It is part of a larger process of learning and a commitment to science that creates a lasting impact for our communities and our planet.” Help us give Shawn a warm welcome!