A native of Inglewood, California, Col Cobb was commissioned in 1997 upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. He completed Advanced Jet training in Meridian, Mississippi, in July 2000 and, subsequently, EA-6B training at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, in 2001.
Col Cobb’s operational assignments include tours with: Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ) 2 from 2001 thorough 2005; 2d Marine Regiment (Air Officer) from 2008 through 2010; VMAQ-1 from 2010 through 2012; and VMAQ-3 as the final Commanding Officer from 2016 through 2018. Col Cobb’s deployments during these tours include: Iwakuni, Japan, in support of (ISO) the Unit Deployment Program; Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ISO Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom (OIF); Tallil Air Base, Iraq, ISO OIF 2; Delaram, Afghanistan, ISO Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 10.2; Aviano, Italy, ISO Operation Unified Protector; Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, ISO OEF 11.1; Incirlik, Turkey, ISO Operation Inherent Resolve.
Col Cobb’s supporting establishment assignments include one tour as an instructor pilot at the EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron, VAQ-129, from 2005 through 2008. Col Cobb also served as the G-5 Deliberate Plans Branch Head at Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa from 2013 through 2016, during which he spearheaded AFRICOM efforts to establish “operationalized” Cooperative Security Locations in Senegal, Ghana, and Gabon to facilitate Crisis Response in North Africa and the Gulf of Guinea.
Col Cobb is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, the MAWTS-1 Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, and Marine Corps University’s School of Advanced Warfighting. He is also a CMC Fellow (Secretary of Defense Executive Fellowship) having spent a year assigned to Johnson and Johnson following squadron command.
Col Cobb has earned virtually every EA-6B flight qualification and instructor designation. He is also a Marine Forward Air Controller/Joint Terminal Attack Controller. Col Cob has amassed over 2500 flight hours, more than 800 of which are combat flight hours.
Col Cobb’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Air Medal (Combat “V” and Strike/Flight Numeral 12), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd Award).