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Senior Reserve Officer (SRO)

CDR James T. “Tory” Cobb (SRO)

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  Deck  Watch  Officer  1999-2003. 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 processing.  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.


CDR Cobb, Senior Reserve Officer

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