Lieutenant Colonel David B. Cox serves as the deputy commander of the New Orleans District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). LTC Cox received his commission as an engineer officer from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Mississippi State University in 2003. LTC Cox returns to USACE, having served previously as a logistics officer and later company commander in the 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power), as the officer-in-charge of a USACE Resident Office in Transatlantic District-Afghanistan, and as deputy chief of the Power Reliability Enhancement Program under Headquarters USACE. He has deployed to combat four times in both Iraq and Afghanistan as well as one operational tour in Korea. Within the United States, LTC Cox has also participated in humanitarian assistance missions, to include support for ice storm recovery in the Midwest and providing hurricane relief in New Jersey and New York following Superstorm Sandy.
LTC Cox comes to New Orleans from Warminster, England where he recently served as a reciprocal exchange officer and maneuver support observer-controller/trainer from the National Training Center to the United Kingdom’s Collective Training Group. His previous assignments include staff and command time with: 4-3 Brigade Troops Battalion and 4th Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment under 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA and Baghdad, Iraq; 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power) at Fort Belvoir, VA; USACE Transatlantic District-Afghanistan at Bagram, Afghanistan; the USACE Power Reliability Enhancement Program at Fort Belvoir, VA; Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, WA and Kandahar, Afghanistan; and 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, WA and South Korea.
LTC Cox holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University along with both a Master of Science in Engineering Management and a Graduate Certificate in Military Construction Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is a certified Project Management Professional.
LTC Cox’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Combat Action Badge, along with other awards and service medals commensurate with his time in service. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Joint Engineer Officer Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Sapper Leader Course, Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, and Pathfinder Course. LTC Cox is a life member of the Army Engineer Association and a recipient of the bronze order of the de Fleury Medal.
LTC Cox is a native of Winchester, Virginia and is married to the former Rosanna Sanders of Houston, Mississippi. They have a son, Cody (15), and a daughter, Rosalyn (11).