Commanding General

BG James F. Coleman

BG James F. Coleman has served his country in uniform for over four decades, including 36 years in the USAF and MDANG retiring at the rank of colonel. His deployments include combat assignments in both Vietnam and Afghanistan. He spent many years with Northrop Grumman involved in classified electronics and communications development and installation. In 2015, he was commissioned brigadier general by the Governor of the State of Maryland, and has led the U.S. VRC since its inception.

Chief of Staff

COL Carolyn C. Copp

COL Carolyn Copp has served her country as a volunteer in uniform for nearly a decade. Commissioned by the Maryland State Governor, COL Copp served in the 121st Engineer Regiment of the Maryland Military Department and then as Plans & Training officer for the MDARNG JFHQ. Her civilian career included corporate auditor, product manager and strategic planner for Xerox Corporation and subsequently President and CEO of both cellular and wire line telephone companies. COL Copp is committed to cultivating strong partnerships with governmental, military and non-profit organizations.

Command Chaplain

CH(COL) Raymond W. Copp

CH(COL) Raymond W. Copp has served his country in uniform for over four decades as a New York State Police Lieutenant, Chief of Police, U.S. Air Force Reserve, and VTANG. He served as chaplain for the 1297th CSSB, MDARNG, the 70th Training Regiment, APG, and retired as Command Chaplain for the Maryland Military Department. An ordained and military endorsed, Old Roman Catholic (Orthodox) priest, COL Copp has met the qualifications for U.S. Army Master Aviator. His deployments include the US/Canadian Counterterrorism Task Force as part of the NYARNG (42nd “Rainbow” Division).

Field Service

Command Sergeant Major

CSM Christopher L. McKeown

CSM Christopher L. McKeown has served his country in uniform for most of his adult life with service in the U.S. Army and South Carolina Military Department. CSM McKeown is certified as a weapons and range instructor, parachutist, and jungle warfare instructor. He holds a Master MEMS, RAIDER certification, is a defensive tactics instructor, site security specialist and has earned the U.S. Army Honor Guard designation. As CSM, he commands U.S. VRC NCOs.

Field Service