Cox Assumes Command of Ronald Reagan Strike Group, Cruiser Destroyer Group 1

Story Number: NNS040809-14Release Date: 8/9/2004 1:07:00 PM
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By Journalist 2nd Class Shane Tuck, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

USS RONALD REAGAN (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Robert J. Cox assumed the title of commander, Ronald Reagan Strike Group (RRSG), Cruiser Destroyer Group (CCDG) 1, during a change-of-command ceremony held on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Aug. 6.

Cox succeeded Rear Adm. Robert T. Moeller, who will continue his distinguished Navy career as Director, Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), Tampa, Fla.

"I'm looking forward to working at CENTCOM; it comes at a time of tremendous challenge when the stakes are high," said Moeller. "The chance to work with the great professionals at CENTCOM is really an honor for me."

Prior to assuming command of CCDG 1, Cox served as director, Total Force Programming and Manpower Managing Division (N12) at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Millington, Tenn.

"I'm really pleased to see Rear Adm. Cox take command of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group; it's going to be a tremendous professional opportunity for him," said Moeller. "He will be taking command at a very interesting time - early in the lifecycle of the Ronald Reagan Strike Group."

Although Moeller is geared up for his new command, he's very proud of RRSG's accomplishments during his command.

"It was a great privilege to command the Ronald Reagan Strike Group and Cruiser Destroyer Group 1," said Moeller. "We had a remarkable opportunity to demonstrate an interesting part of the Fleet Response Plan. We were able to show the capacity of carrier strike groups to come together across two fleets, both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, and operate on short notice."

Cox is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., where he completed a Master's degree in Financial Management. He has also earned a Master's degree in Strategy and Policy from the National War College, Washington, D.C.

Cox's awards include the Legion of Merit (two Gold Stars), Bronze Star with Combat 'V', Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two Gold Stars), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign decorations.

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Rear Adm. Robert J. Cox, right, returns a salute to Rear Adm. Robert T. Moeller while taking command of Cruiser Destroyer Group ONE (CCDG-1).
040806-N-8148A-077 San Diego, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2004) - Rear Adm. Robert J. Cox, right, returns a salute to Rear Adm. Robert T. Moeller while taking command of Cruiser Destroyer Group ONE (CCDG-1) during a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Kitt Amaritnant (RELEASED)
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