Commander James “Tory” Cobb was assigned to USCG Sector Jacksonville as
the Senior Reserve Officer in October 2013.
He leads a reserve program comprising over 200 drilling
reservists serving in a variety of response and prevention mission sets
from Mayport to Port Canaveral, FL.
He is a drilling reservist with 5 years of active duty and 16
years of reserve duty experience in the U.S. Coast Guard.
His previous reserve assignments include:
Crisis Action Team (CAT) Team
Chief, National Military Command Center, Joint Staff (J36) from
2010-2013; USCG Sector Mobile Logistics Senior Reserve Officer (SRO)
from 2009-2010; Sector Mobile Enforcement Division SRO from 2006-2009;
Sector Mobile Response Department SRO 2003-2006; CGC DECISIVE Deck Watch
Officer 2001-2003; CGC COURAGEOUS
While on active duty from 1994-1999 he served as First Lieutenant aboard
CGC COURAGEOUS, Executive Officer aboard CGC WRANGELL, and on the staff
of the Seventh Coast Guard District Office of Law Enforcement.
He has been recalled to active duty 4 times. During his recalls
he supported Sector Lower Mississippi during Operation NOBLE EAGLE in
2003 and supported the Sector Mobile Incident Command Post during
Hurricane Dennis in 2005, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Operation
DEEPWATER HORIZON in 2010
CDR Cobb received his commission from the United States Coast Guard
Academy in 1994 and graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical
Engineering. He later
received the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn
University in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the
University of Florida in 2011.
CDR Cobb’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal,
the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (two awards), the Coast Guard
Achievement Medal (three awards), and the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Identification Badge along with other unit and service awards.
As a civilian, CDR Cobb is a research engineer at the Naval Surface
Warfare Center Panama City Division in Panama City, FL. Since 2001, he
has been assigned to the Advanced Signal Processing and Automatic Target
Recognition Branch and develops detection and classification algorithms
for mine warfare sensing systems. In 2014, he was promoted to the
position of Senior Information Processing Scientist.
He has authored or coauthored over 30 technical journal and
conference papers in the fields of machine learning and sonar signal
He was the 2014 recipient of the Dr. David P. Skinner Award for
Scientific and Engineering Achievement in recognition for his
accomplishments in applied research and technology transition.
CDR Cobb was born and raised in Anniston, AL.
He and his wife Parmy live with
their two children in Panama City Beach, FL.