University of Southern California
USC Department of Naval Science


LT Matthew Cox

Officer Instructor



Lieutenant Matthew Cox earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology from Purdue University, and commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in May 2010.

In December of 2010 LT Cox reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida to begin his Naval Aviator Training, earning his “Wings of Gold” in June 2012 as an Unrestricted Naval Aviator.

Following Fleet Replacement Training in the MH-60S “Knighthawk” at Naval Air Station North Island, California, Lieutenant Cox reported to the Blackjacks of HSC-21. His first assignments there included First Lieutenant, Detachment TWO Training Officer/Assistant Operations Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Personnel Officer, and Detachment Liaison Officer. He deployed as a Helicopter Second Pilot abroad the USS PELELIU with Detachment TWO “Armed Helo Det” from June 2014 to December 2014. This deployment included support for the Amphibious Ready Group and the embarked units of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. LT Cox also flew support for the US Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, US Army units based out of Hawaii, US Air Force units based out of Okinawa, and support of the President of the United States during his visit to the Asian Economic Summit in Myanmar.

His current qualifications include Helicopter Aircraft Command, Functional Check Pilot, Crew Resource Management Instructor, and Anti Surface Warfare Level 3 Mission Commander. He has accumulated over 600 hours flying in the MH-60s with 800 hours of military flight time and a total of over 1,100 flight hours. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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