Lieutenant Michael G. Cox
Surface Warfare Advisor

LT Michael G. Cox was born in Dallas, TX and raised outside of Austin. In 2007 prior to completing college he enlisted in the Navy Reserves. In 2009 he went on to graduate from the University of Houston Downtown graduating with college honors earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Upon graduating he immediately went to work with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) where he specialized in document and media exploitation and financial crimes. During his time with the DEA he answered the call to serve in Afghanistan where he was stationed in Jalalabad and Salerno from 2010 – 2011. Upon returning home he went back to work with the DEA before applying for commission through Officer Candidate School (OCS).

On January 25, 2013, LT Cox was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy and assigned to USS SHOUP (DDG 86) out of Everett, WA. Next LT Cox completed Basic Division Officer Course (BDOC) in the Spring of 2013. He then met SHOUP on patrol off Djibouti, Africa in June 2013. Onboard SHOUP LT Cox sailed extensively in the Arabian Gulf and participated in Red Sea operations with the Nimitz Strike Group after gas attacks in Syrian. He served as Combat Gunnery (CG) Division Officer, Engineering Repair (ER) Division Officer and Athletics Officer. In January 2015 LT Cox earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation.

LT Cox transferred from SHOUP June 2015. He then completed Damage Control Assistant Senior Enlisted (DCASE), Advanced Division Officer Course (ADOC), MCM Planning Officer and MCM Surface Specialty courses of instruction. In November 2015 LT Cox joined USS PATRIOT (MCM 7) homeported in Sasebo, Japan as Damage Control Assistant. With PATRIOT LT Cox patrolled and conducted exercises in the Yellow Sea, Korean Strait, Sea of Japan and East China Sea. Duties included filling a vacant six month Department Head billet as Chief Engineer (CHENG), Ship Material Maintenance Officer (SMMO) and Assistant Senior Watch Officer. Onboard PATRIOT he earned his Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) qualification February 2017 and Mine Warfare Evaluator in June 2017.

In December 2017 LT Cox will report to Florida A&M University NROTC with his wife Megan where he will instruct midshipmen enrolled in Florida A&M University, Florida State University, and Tallahassee Community College.