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Nicholas Cox, Army Veteran

12/29/2020

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Nicholas Cox comes from a military family. His father was in the U.S. Army, as were his brothers, and his sister was a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy. An ethic of service and duty to his country were imprinted on him at a young age. Not surprisingly, he too joined the Army. 

Cox served with distinction for 22 years, first as an infantryman, then as a helicopter pilot. He saw a lot in his time with the Army, serving in Afganistan and helping train Japanese Self-Defense Forces. When he had accomplished the goals he had set for himself, he was ready to retire and maintain a more stable family life with his wife and children. He returned to civilian life and now serves as a Rotor-Wing Pilot with Guardian Flight. Cox provides civilian service right where he grew up in Escanaba, Michigan. 

“I’ll always miss the people that I worked with,” said Cox of his time in the military service. “The amount of time we spent together under some of the toughest conditions - they weren’t just co-workers, they were family.”

Cox credits his military training for his civilian success. “The Army provided me the opportunity to experience some of the most demanding flight conditions possible. The training I received from the Army was more than just the ability to fly a helicopter; it was decision making, judgment and mental preparedness—all of which help me in my current role with Guardian.”

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Cox served for 22 years and attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Three (CW3). This rank means Cox:
  • Was recognized as an advanced-level technical and tactical expert
  • Had primary duties as a technical leader, trainer, operator, manager, maintainer, sustainer, interegator and advisor

Areas of Service

Cox served with distinction as both an infantryman and helicopter pilot in:
  • Afghanistan
  • Japan
  • Stateside

Favorite Military Memory

“I was in Frankfurt, Germany for a few days coming back from Afghanistan to the States,” said Cox. “I was waiting for a connecting flight to the U.S. and someone walked by me in uniform. He noticed the last name on my uniform and said, ‘nice name’. I noticed his last name was the same and then I did a double take. I realized it was my cousin that I hadn’t seen in over 25 years. After catching up a bit, I found out that he was on his way to Afghanistan as a nurse in the Army Reserves, where we would be serving on the same base just a few buildings apart. When I got back to Afghanistan, we were able to see each other almost daily.”