Brigadier General Marco Coppola, D.O.’89, FACEP, commander, Texas State Guard Medical Brigade, Texas State Guard, received a promotion during a ceremony held at Camp Mabry, Austin, TX, on March 23, 2019. Following his promotion, he assumed command of the Texas Medical Brigade. Coppola began his military career as an ROTC cadet at La Salle University in Philadelphia. After graduating from DMU, he served as chief resident and graduated from his emergency medicine residency at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Foot Hood-Army Base, in Texas. After serving as the research director and emergency medicine residency program director at Darnall, he left active duty and transitioned into the Texas Army National Guard in 1998. During his federal service, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom at Camp Bucca and was the longest running commander (47 months) of the Texas Medical Command, Texas Army National Guard. He retired from federal service as a colonel in 2011 and transitioned into the Texas State Guard. Coppola holds the Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator in Emergency Medicine and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. His numerous decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service, six Army Commendation medals and the Texas Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal.