Air Force Reserve Chief Master Sgt. Louis A. Cox retired Saturday after a 33-year military career.
Cox, of Brookfield, was installation emergency manager for the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.
As such, he provided technical advice and developed planning guidance and training on emergency response concepts and procedures for situations involving enemy attacks, natural disasters, accident response, and other emergencies or contingencies. He also acted as the commander’s liaison with other agencies after a natural disaster.
Cox, born in Garden City, Mich., entered the Air Force in March 1980. His military career includes duties in the security forces and civil engineer emergency management career fields.
After more than 12 years on active duty, he accepted both a federal civilian and military reserve position with the Air Force Reserve as a readiness specialist. His stateside assignments include bases in Texas, South Dakota, Michigan, Indiana, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Ohio.
Cox also served overseas in Iceland and Portugal and deployed to Qatar serving as expeditionary mission support group superintendent and in Iraq as installation emergency manager in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class William M. Ferenczy, son of Linda L. and William J. Ferenczy of North Jackson, and Navy Constructionman Anna L. Parcher, daughter of Deborah A. Foltz of Jamestown, Pa. and Mark E. Parcher, of North Lawrence, Ohio, along with Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, donated 10 large boxes of food items to the Seabee Pantry at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss.
Parcher is a 2010 graduate of Jamestown Area High School, Jamestown, Pa.; and Ferenczy is a 2005 graduate of Northshore High School, Slidell, La.
Jan. 21 is the deadline for guardsmen and reservists to nominate their civilian employers for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition for employers supporting guard and reserve members.
Guard and reserve members, or a family member acting on their behalf, may nominate their employers at www.FreedomAward.mil. Any civilian employer who has not previously received the award is eligible.
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