2ndLt Cobb was commissioned in 1997 upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Economics. Upon completing The Basic School, he reported to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, for the commencement of flight training. In July 2000, he completed Advanced Jet training at NAS Meridian, Mississippi, and selected EA-6Bs.
In August 2000, 1stLt Cobb reported to VAQ-129 – the EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) - for EA-6B pilot training. He was designated “Top Hook” during carrier qualifications aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and upon completing the FRS syllabus in October 2001, Capt Cobb reported to VMAQ-2.
At VMAQ-2 Capt Cobb served as Powerline OIC, Quality Assurance OIC, Pilot Training Officer, and S-3A. While assigned to VMAQ-2, he completed three overseas deployments: Unit Deployment Program deployment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan; deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF); and, deployment to Talil Airbase, Iraq, in support of OIF 2.
In May 2005, Capt Cobb reported to VAQ-129 for Instructor Pilot duty. While assigned to VAQ-129, Capt Cobb served as the Basic Air Maneuvers phase head, Tactics Instructor, Weekly Schedules Officer, Training Officer, and Marine Liaison Officer.
In June 2008, Major Cobb reported to 2d Marine Regiment for duty as the Air Officer. While assigned to 2d Marines, Major Cobb completed the MAWTS-1 Air Officer Course during WTI 2-09. In 2010, he deployed with Regimental Combat Team 2 to Camp Delaram II, Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) 10.2.
In July 2010, Major Cobb reported to VMAQ-1 where he served as the Electronic Warfare Officer and the Operations Officer. From September to November 2011, he deployed to Aviano, Italy, in support of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR (Libya). In November 2011, VMAQ-1 redeployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of OEF 11.1.
From June 2012 until June 2013, Major Cobb attended the Marine Corps’ School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW). Following SAW, he reported to Marine Corps Forces Europe & Africa where he served as the G-5 Deliberate Plans Branch Head. During this tour, LtCol Cobb 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.
LtCol Cobb’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Air Medal (Combat “V” and Strike/Flight Numeral 9), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd Award).