Fort Benning welcomes new Garrison Commander
By Fort Benning Public Affairs Office /
FORT BENNING, Ga. – Col. Clinton W. Cox assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Benning from Col. Andrew Hilmes during a change of command ceremony May 31 in front of McGinnis-Wickam Hall.
During his address, Cox praised his predecessor and vowed to continue moving ahead.
“You will be sorely missed, but I promise to continue to press forward with the relationships and initiatives you’ve started,” Cox said. “I’ve got some big shoes to fill … Godspeed to you … and a swift, safe return.”
Cox also hinted at one of his top priorities as the new garrison commander.
“Foundational to my leadership style has always been to demonstrate genuine care for our Soldiers and their families,” he said. “I will do my best to continue this and contribute to this exceptional garrison team.”
Cox is a graduate of Longwood University where he received his commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.
He is also a graduate of the National Defense University where he earned a master’s degree in National Security and Resource Strategy in 2015.
Cox’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, the Ranger Course and the Command and General Staff College.
He is a veteran of six combat tours, two in Iraq and four in Afghanistan.
Cox most recently served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Director of Joint Operations Division Global Force Management.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Wings, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge and the Ranger tab.
Cox closed with a final promise to those in attendance.
“And like a good Ranger, I promise to give you, Fort Benning and the broader Columbus community 100 percent and then some,” he said.
Hilmes will soon deploy to Afghanistan where he will serve in an executive officer position for U.S. Forces – Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Benning is part of the Installation Management Command southeast region. The garrison provides base operations, public works and family support programs for Soldiers and their families.
These services include morale, welfare and recreation, education services, food and laundry services, religious support, fire and emergency services and residential housing.
The garrison oversees the execution of DoD Base Realignment and Closure processes, including the execution of the 2005 decision to move the Armor School here from Fort Knox, Ky.