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About - Keith Cooper


Keith Cooper is a native of Anchorage, Alaska. After graduating from West Point, he served in the Army Infantry for 26 years where he commanded from platoon to brigade level receiving the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star, and three-time recipient of the Legion of Merit. Following Keith’s military career, he went to work in the aerospace and defense sectors, working for three large defense companies before starting his own company, One Core Consultants. Keith’s interests revolve around learning, traveling, hiking, volunteering, and writing. He has flown over eighty-five missions in support of those needing cancer treatment. He is also an animal lover and has personally flown over a hundred animals from shelters to foster and permanent homes. He recently completed the Camino Frances pilgrimage, a 500 mile walk from France across the Pyrenees to Santiago, Spain. He is the father of three wonderful kids and splits his time between Alaska and Colorado.


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Where it Started, circa 1968, our Trailer on long lake. Dad Mom and I.


Keith is on a journey from mind to heart, as he describes it, the longest eighteen inches in the world. A person who now believes it’s more important to be kind than right. You see this transition in his writings about race, love, God, and nature in his book Taking the Mask Off. You will see the same determination and focus in his upcoming fiction novel about a Russian attack on Alaska, The Sixteenth Republic, coming out late this year, in which he focuses on those whose kindness put them in second place in our society, only to be the ones in the end who save civilization.

Taking the Mask Off follows the footsteps of the belief Mother Teresa ingrained in all of us: “We tend to draw the circle of our family too small.” Keith has opened his family to you. Let’s stop judging and work together to learn from one another so we can all get better.

The Cabin as it sits in the same location as the trailer, overlooking long lake, circa 2021