Story by Stacie Lawrence on 02/27/2019Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division's newest Command Master Chief Scottie Cox brings with him a familiarity of the Ridgecrest and Ventura County, California communities, a background in construction and a passion for taking care of people.
"I have always lived by the Seabees motto, Can Do,' because I've been a Seabee for over 28 years," Cox said. "I often can do,' but how can we do it better or different? I live by that."
Before arriving at NAWCWD, Cox served as command master chief for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, and for the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering in Port Hueneme. While he served in Ventura, his wife, who is employed at China Lake, and family lived in Ridgecrest.
"I'm very family oriented," he said. "When I'm not at work, everything revolves around my family and my kids. We go camping, dirt biking, boating and my expectation is that we do everything together and have fun doing it. I remember as a child doing things with my family and I want my kids to remember those things, too."
A native of Salem, Oregon, Cox worked in the family construction business with his grandfather before joining the Navy in 1990. As a Seabee, he served sea and shore duties at NMCB 1, NMCB 3, NMCB 5, deploying to areas such as Spain, Italy, Iceland, Japan and Africa. Cox also served as the leading chief petty officer and an instructor at the Civil Engineer Corps Officer School during his time with the Naval Construction Training Center in Port Hueneme.
Additionally, Cox served as the operations chief for the 1st Naval Construction Division, the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command in Virginia Beach, Virginia before completing a second tour with NMCB 5 as the command master chief.
"I'm one of the few Seabees who has been to every training command that we've got within the Naval Construction Force," he said. "The A-schools, C-schools, officer schools, CPO-schools, I've influenced a lot of them."
The aviation community, however, is new to Cox and he admitted he still has a lot to learn, but when it comes to taking care of people, he said, "that's the easy part."
"I didn't have a lot of military at my last job," he said, "but I didn't have 6,000 civilians either. I'm very interested in the workforce recruitment work that we're doing, recruiting out of college and bringing even more civilians here."
For Cox, being accessible and open to both the civilian and military population at NAWCWD is key. He said some of his goals are to help create a better understanding of the role of the NAWCWD command master chief as well as help senior leadership connect with the workforce.
"My biggest goal would be to get the vice and the admiral away from their desks and out to see and recognize people," Cox said. "I feel that the admiral going out and shaking someone's hand is a huge impact to somebody who's fresh out of college and may not know what an admiral does or the significance of an admiral or the 20-year technician who's out in the field every day."
"I'm looking forward to it," he added, "Especially at a command like this, there can be a lot of paperwork and a lot of administrative work. My goal here is to not get stuck behind the desk, but to get out and about and be that face for people to see."
Cox's personal awards include Navy Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Commendation medals, several Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Navy Battle Efficiency Ribbons, two National Defense Service Medals, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, a Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, and a Navy Expert Pistol Medal.