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Bradley Cox

Brigadier General

Land Component Commander, Arkansas National Guard

Brig. Gen. Bradley Cox was born in Jonesboro and graduated from Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville in 1987 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arkansas State in 1991. He earned a master’s degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas in 1998 and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2012.

He enlisted in November 1988 serving with HHC 1-114 aviation battalion and was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry upon graduation from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at A-State on July 12, 1991. After completing the infantry officers basic course at Fort Benning, Ga., he served as a platoon leader in Delta Company, 1-153 Infantry.

Cox served in several positions within the 39th Infantry Brigade including Commander of Bravo Company, 1-153, Operations Officer 39th BSB, Brigade Assistant S3, Brigade Intelligence Officer, Commander 1-153 Infantry and Commander 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. His headquarters assignments include environmental manager, comptroller, United States property and fiscal officer, National Guard Bureau and Construction and Facilities management officer. Cox currently serves as the land component commander, Arkansas National Guard.

His military education includes infantry officers basic and advanced courses, combined arms services staff school, support operations course, command and general staff officers course, U.S. Army War College, joint commander training course and dual status commanders orientation course.

His military awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Brigadier General Cox lives in Jacksonville with his wife, the former Melissa Priest of Jacksonville. They have two daughters, Allison Heffington and her husband Austin and Jordan Cox.