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Commander Biography

Commander Biography


                                                                                                                         Lt Col Cox 

 Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cox is the Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 017 at Troy University. He serves as head of the university’s Aerospace Studies department, instructs senior and sophomore courses on national security affairs and airpower history, supervises five faculty and staff members, and has overall responsibility for training and mentoring more than 60 students preparing to become Air Force or Space Force officers.

Prior to his current assignment, Lieutenant Colonel Cox served as Strategic Planner/Strategist on the Chief of the National Guard Bureau’s CAG where he helped develop policy and strategy and provided confidential think tank/red team analysis to inform 4-star decisions.

Lt Col Cox is a career aviator who began his military career in 1996 after enlisting as an Airborne Surveillance Technician aboard the E-3 AWACS. He received his commission through OTS at Maxwell AFB in 2000.  In 2010, Lt Col Cox joined the Air National Guard.  He has served in various operational and staff assignments and has over 560 days deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation River Watch II.


1995 Bachelor of Science Aeronautical Administration, St. Louis University
2007 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
2010 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
2014 Masters of Arts Homeland Security, American Military University


Aug 2000-  Oct 2001 Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, VT-10, NAS, Pensacola, FL.
Oct 2001- May 2002 Student, Electronic Warfare Officer Training, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX
May 2002- Aug 2003 Student, B-1 Initial Qualification Course, 28th BS Dyess AFB, TX
Aug 2003- Mar 2006 B-1 WSO, Unit Deployment Manager and Scheduler, 37th BS, Ellsworth AFB, TX.
Mar 2006- Jun 2006 Student, T-43A Instructor Qualification Course, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX.
Jun 2006- Feb 2007 Instructor EWO/ CSO and Course Director, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX.
Feb 2007- Jul 2008 Instructor EWO/ CSO and Flt CC, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX.
Jul 2008- Nov 2010 Instructor EWO/ CSO Chief of Training, Chief of Staff/ Eval, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX.
Nov 2010- Jan 2013 RC-26 Instructor MSO & Scheduler, 147 RW, Ellington JRB, TX.
Jan 2013- Nov 2014 Policy and Joint Plans Staff Officer, HQ 1st AF, Tyndall AFB, FL.
Nov 2014- Oct 2015 Deputy Division Chief, Plans, HQ 1st AF, Tyndall AFB, FL.
Oct 2015- Jul 2018 Strategic Planner, Chief Travel Branch, NGB- CAG, Pentagon, Washington, DC.
Jul 2018- Present Commander, AFROTC Detachment 017, Troy University, AL.


Rating Senior Navigator
Flight Hours More than 2,800 Hours ; 138 Combat Missions
Aircrafts Flown E-3, T-34, T-39, T-1, T-43. B-1B, RC-26



 Meritorious Service Medal with two devices
 Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one device
Air Force Commendation Medal with one device
 Navy Commendation Medal
 Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor with 8 devices
AF Good Conduct Medal with one device
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
 Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one device
Iraq Campaign Medal with one device
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Short)
AF Longevity Service with one device
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 'M' Device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one device
 AF Training Ribbon with one device
NATO Medal (Non-Article 5)



Second Lieutenant Aug 18, 2000
First Lieutenant Aug 18, 2002
Captain Aug 18, 2004
Major Jul 1, 2010
Lt Col Nov 18, 2015

(Current as of August 2020)