Former Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper accepts job at the Pentagon

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Former Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper will soon be working at the Pentagon.

Roper says he has been tapped to be the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve.

"He called me up and simply said, 'I want you to do something. I want you to come to D.C. and be my deputy chief,'" Roper said.

Starting July 1, he'll be the new Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve, overseeing 200-thousand soldiers and civilians serving in all 50 states, five territories and over 30 countries.

The position involves the "Big 5," Roper says, which includes strategy, policy, planning, programming and resources to set the conditions for success for the Army Reserve long term. The post will also include Roper serving as Chief of Staff for the office.

"And my job is to make sure with the team, that we're providing those soldiers everything they need today and in the years to come," he said.

Roper says he will start his new position on July 1 and will serve at the Pentagon for at least one year.

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