Frank Cota - Director of Strategic Initiatives
Sergeant Major (Ret) Frank C. Cota, Jr. is a native of Tempe, Arizona and served in the US Army in a variety of leadership and critical staff positions in the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) branch culminating in his assignment as the Sergeant Major for the Air Defense Artillery Test Directorate (ADATD), U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Bliss, Texas. As Sergeant Major, Cota served as the senior enlisted adviser to the director of the ADATD in support of 200 military, Department of the Army civilian and contractor personnel in the design, coordination and execution of operational tests and field experiments to support weapon system acquisition for the Army and joint forces. Cota retired on May 31, 2010 after 25 years of service serving in combat and overseas assignments in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Germany, Korea, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Cota’s major awards and decorations include The Army Commendation Medal with Valor (V- Device), the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, 10 awards of the Army Commendation Medal, 12 awards of the Army Achievement Medal, eight awards of the good conduct medal, the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Valorous Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Medal (with two Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4th Award), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award) and the Driver Mechanic Badge.
Some of Cota’s military training includes Man Portable Air Defense (MANPADS) Course, Phase Array Tracking Intercept of Target (PATRIOT) Launcher Crew Member Course, Test Evaluation Basic Course, Total Army Instructor Course, the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, The Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course, The First Sergeants Course, the Battle Staff Course, and Airlift Planner Course. Cota is also a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA), Class 58 and a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
Cota was also an instructor for El Paso Community College (EPCC) where he taught business statistics. Additionally, Cota served as the Change Management Team Lead and the Training and Development Coordinator for Stoneridge, a Global manufacturer of automotive electronics and wiring harnesses, for over three and a half years from 2010 to 2014.
Cota’s education includes an Associate’s Degree in general studies from Central Texas College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Education from Trident University International, a Masters Certificate in Human Resource Management and a Lean Six Sigma Sensei Certification (LSSC) from Villanova University. Cota and his wife, Anita, have three beautiful daughters and four beautiful grandchildren.