COL Cox was born in Nuremburg, Germany and raised at numerous Army installations. He graduated from Longwood University in 1996 and received his commission in the Infantry. His first assignment was as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Company XO and Battalion Motor Officer in 1-18 IN, 1st Infantry Division at Schweinfurt, Germany, deploying in support of Operations in Bosnia and Macedonia.
In 1999, he graduated from the Armor Captain's Career Course and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) at Fort Campbell, KY, where he served as the Division's Assault Command Post OIC. In 2001-2004, he was reassigned to 3rd Brigade and served as the Brigade Battle Captain and Commander, Alpha Company 3-187 IN during the start of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. After redeploying from Iraq he was selected to organize and assume command of the Army's Experimental Force Company at Fort Benning, GA. After this command, he attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
From 2006-2011, he returned to the 101st Airborne Division as a Major with duty in the G3 current operations and as the CJTF-101 Joint Operations Center Chief during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). He then deployed to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and assumed duties as the S3, and later XO for 2-502 IN, 2nd BCT, 101st. In 2009 he assumed duties as the Operations Officer for 2nd BCT "STRIKE" preparing the BCT and then deploying to southern Afghanistan, as part of the 2010-11 surge to defeat the insurgency in Kandahar Province.
From 2011-2013, COL Cox commanded 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 101st and deployed to OEF where he advised and assisted the 3rd Brigade, 203rd Afghan National Army. In 2014, COL Cox attended the National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington DC. Following Senior Service College graduation, COL Cox was assigned to the Joint Staff, J3 Operations Directorate, where he serves in the J35 Joint Operations Division, Global Force Management (JOD-GFM).
COL Cox's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air-Assault Badge and Ranger Tab. His military education includes the Infantry Basic, Armor Advanced Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He holds a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Resource Strategy.