VIF Profile: Bobby Cox (SC District 21)
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Special Operations Speaks has been highlighting the efforts of Vets in the Fight from all over the country who still live by their military oaths and believe in serving their country. These Vets in The Fight are men and women who continue the mission to secure and sustain Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness for all Americans.
Today we are highlighting Bobby Cox, who is running for a seat in the South Carolina House in District 21. According to his campaign website, Cox is a “Businessman, Combat Veteran, Citadel Graduate, and Conservative Republican.”
Bobby Cox was born and raised in the 'Upstate' and now resides with his wife, two kids, and their yellow lab in Greer, SC. He is married to Joscelyn Fletcher and they have two children, Reagan (8) and Seth (5). The family are active members of Taylors First Baptist Church.
Bobby Cox's Education
He is a graduate of Travelers Rest High School. Bobby Cox later attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in order to “test his desire for service in the military.” He passed that test!
Bobby became the Regimental Commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets while enrolled at The Citadel. The Regimental Commander is the cadet in charge of the entire college.
Cox states in the educational information area of his biography that he was a “Summerall Guard and was awarded the Palmetto Award for exceptional service that reflects great credit upon The Citadel.”
Cox says that 9/11 'solidified' his desire to serve and he graduated with a BA from The Citadel in 2002 as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate.
Bobby Cox also has earned an MPS from The George Washington University. In addition, Cox holds an MBA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School with a “distinction in Leadership.”
After his graduation from The Citadel, Bobby was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Cox entered into Ranger School and the U.S. Army Airborne School. Following completion of that training, Cox then served in four combat tours in Iraq.
Cox had the honor to serve with the most elite units in the U. S. Army, which include the 101st Airborne Division, 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
According to Cox's biography, when he was deployed he “conducted strategic level raids to topple terrorist cell networks as well as nation stability operations.” In addition, he also was a Ranger Instructor between his deployments to Iraq.
Continued Service Beyond Deployment
Cox's final assignment while still on active duty was as an Army Congressional Fellow at The Pentagon in Washington, DC. Cox's role involved engaging senior leaders in the Department of Defense and on Capitol Hill to “ensure soldiers were provided the best equipment and weaponry to conduct their missions.”
Cox is still serving, but this time in the Army Reserves and has been selected to be a Lieutenant Colonel.
Bobby Cox joined Milliken & Company in Spartanburg, SC in the Military Fabric Division just after his enrollment in the Reserves. At Milliken, he helped develop force protection clothing for military service members and law enforcement.
After working with Milliken, Cox then joined firearms company, SIG SAUER. Cox was the Director of Government Strategy and supervised the business development of strategic opportunities with government entities such as the Pentagon and the State Department.
Distinguished Service At Home
Cox has continued to engage in service at home. He reports on his website that he has completed Leadership Greenville, is currently a member of Rotary Club of Greenville, and serves on the board for the Upcountry History Museum.
He is Co-Chair of the Greenville Community Action Board of the Veterans focused group Upstate Warrior Solution.
Awards for Service
Bobby Cox awards for service in the Army include: A Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
For more information on where Bobby Cox stands on the issues like national security, the 2nd Amendment, Right to Life, term limits, and more, visit his website: www.votebobbycox.com.
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