NCTS Sicily IT

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Sicily, Italy

Commanding Officer

Commander Regina Cox, U.S. Navy, assumed command of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Sicily, on 11 Sep 2014.

CDR Regina M. Cox enlisted in the Navy in December 1985 after graduating from West Liberty Branch/West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Political Science. As an Information Professional Officer (1600), she has excelled in demanding Command, Control, Computing, Communication and Intelligence (C4I) afloat, shore, and staff billets. She has amassed twenty-five years of technical experience in fleet operations and a detailed knowledge of C4I networking and satellite operations. Additionally her experiences include C4I installation planning, systems acquisition and maintenance, and information technology security. Highlights include:

On 01 March 1996 she was commissioned to the rank of Ensign through the Limited Duty Officer Program. In her first commissioned tour of duty she served as the Information Systems Officer for the C6F Flagship (USS LASALLE). Her creativity in leveraging new technology was cited by EUCOM J6 and she was awarded the first Copernicus Award for her communications and networking accomplishments.

In June 1998 she served for the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic, as the Officer in Charge of Communications managing over a dozen automated systems, seven wide area networks, over 30 application packages, and four distinct UNIX and DOS-based operating systems. She led a team of 55 civilian and military subordinates.

November 2001 LT Cox was assigned to serve onboard USS NASSAU (LHA4) as the Assistant Command, Control, Computing, Communication, Combat Systems and Intelligence (C5I) Officer. During one shipyard availability she was responsible for the successful installation planning, testing, and acceptance of 24 combat direction and advanced sensor distribution systems. She deployed to Fifth Fleet in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from August 2002 to April 2003.

October 2003, LT Cox transferred to the staff of the Commander, Naval Surface Force, and U.S. Atlantic Fleet staff as the Afloat C4I, Force Electronics Material, and Communications Officers. She coordinated and implemented shipboard Public Key Infrastructure for 115 ships meeting an aggressive CNO deadline. Trained ships in proper INMARSAT procedures and facilitated the recoupment of over $700,000 in overdue Federal Communications Commission payments. Maintained C4 configuration on 115 Force ships and managed hundreds of installations and alterations. While assigned to the Commander, Naval Surface Force, and U.S. Atlantic Fleet staff she was selected to laterally convert as an Information Professional (1600/IP) Officer in August 2006.

LCDR Cox was assigned to the USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN75) in October 2006 as the Combat Systems Information Officer setting the Fleet standard in aircraft carrier information technology and C4I performance. She implemented the first shipboard Rapid Attack Information Dissemination Execution Relay (RAIDER) Target Package Generator (TPG), which enabled two-way passing of images and track data over Link 16. This force multiplier optimized the effectiveness of surface surveillance missions by air wing aircraft, by providing pilots with .jpg images of surface contacts of interest, enabled real-time mid-mission battle damage assessment (BDA), and allowed the strike commander to pass the coordinates of mobile targets directly to Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs) loaded on airborne F/A-18 Hornets. She demonstrated the first dual super high frequency (SHF) via Automated Digital Network System (ADNS) at bandwidths of 1024 and 1536 kbps. During a major communications outage she devised a plan to terminal all internet protocol services in Fifth Fleet Area of Operation (AOR) utilizing no backhaul services. TRUMAN was the first CVN to accomplish this milestone. Her communications team set the standard being the first ship to utilize High Frequency Internet Protocol (HFIP) Subnet Relay (SNR) communications with a submarine at speed and depth. She implemented the Coalition Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET) Domain (CSD) server installation for embarked coalition Liaison Naval Officer (LNO) support. She deployed to Fifth Fleet in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from November 2007 to June 2008.

In July 2009, LCDR Cox was assigned to as the Commander, Defense Information Systems Agency, Pacific (DISA PAC) Guam Field Office supporting USPACOM, the Pacific Component Commands, and the sub-unified component commands in all matters under DISA pertaining to programs and networks under the Global Information Grid (GIG). She was selected to serve on the staff of United States Forces - Iraq as the DISA OIC implementing three international communication gateways supporting a complex field of US, Iraqi and interagency stakeholders for growth, national security and regional stability. Under her leadership, her staff spearheaded recovery efforts for the TNOSC Far East COOP, NTCS Guam and Joint Region Marianas with the realignment of mission critical communications during the Japan disaster. She was promoted to the rank of Commander in June 2010 and is currently participating in an Information Technology Fellowship for Information Technology at Harvard University.

CDR Cox joined the staff of Amphibious Forces 7th Fleet (CTF 76) in July 2011 as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Communications (N6), July 1st, 2011. She was chosen as the Combined Joint Task Force POTUS-Support J6 Operational Planner to coordinate and orchestrate communications with the White House, Special Forces, Secret Service, 13th Air Force and US Embassy for two POTUS missions ensuring uninterrupted communications. She was the Amphibious Force SEVENTH Fleet Communication planner for 22 joint and multinational operations and exercises.

In September 2012, CDR Cox was selected to join the NCTAMS PACIFIC staff as CSO/XO with a report date of June 2013.

In September 2014, CDR Cox joined NCTS SICILY as the Commanding Officer. 

CDR Cox personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster (4), Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (7 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (6 awards), Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8), Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (4), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Expert Rifleman Medal, Expert Pistol Shot Medal.