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Naval Air Station Patuxent River Commanding Officer

CAPT Christopher Cox graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering. He went on to flight school and was winged as a Naval Flight Officer in 1997.

His first operational sea tour was flying the S-3B Viking with the “Diamondcutters” of Sea Control Squadron Thirty (VS-30) in Jacksonville, Florida from 1998 to 2001. From 2001 to 2003 he was a staff officer, exercise planner, and Total Force Augmentation Cell Officer for the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England. In 2004 he transitioned to the EP-3 and began a second career as an Electronic Warfare Mission Commander with the “Rangers” of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2) in Rota, Spain. In 2005, he served as an Individual Augmentee with the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2006 he reported to the “Old Buzzards” of Special Projects Patrol Squadron One (VPU-1) in Brunswick, Maine for his Department Head tour. From 2008 to 2011 CAPT Cox served on the Joint Staff in Washington, DC as an Action Officer and Branch Chief in the J8 and J5 Directorates, and was the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Joint Staff from 2009 to 2010. In 2011 he reported to the “Wizards” of VPU-2 as the Executive Officer, and served as the squadron’s Commanding Officer from 2013 to 2014.

After Commanding VPU-2 he studied the Aircraft Industry at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University where he completed his JSO qualification, earned an elective certificate in the Long Term Strategy Program and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy. CAPT Cox was the Senior Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy before transferring to Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

CAPT Cox reported as the Executive Officer of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, on Aug. 31, 2017, and assumed command of the naval air station on April 11, 2019.

He has logged more than 2,600 flight hours and almost 300 carrier arrested landings performing Carrier Based ASW and Sea Control, “Multi-INT” Surveillance, Sensitive Reconnaissance Operations, and other Direct Support missions in the SOUTHCOM, EUCOM, AFRICOM, CENTCOM, and PACOM areas of responsibility.

His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and various service ribbons.

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