Military Science, Department of
LTC Forrest V. "Chip" Cook is the Professor of Military Science at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He hails from Spring, Texas and was commissioned from the United States Military Academy in 1999. He last served as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Commander of NORAD/USNORTHCOM.
LTC Cook completed basic officer training at Fort Benning, Georgia, graduating from the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, and US Army Ranger School. He first served in the 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii, as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, Long Range Surveillance Detachment Executive Officer, and Aide-de-camp to the Assistant Division Commander (Operations).
In August 2003, LTC Cook reported back to Fort Benning, Georgia to attend the Infantry Captains Career Course, and was selected as an honor graduate. In April 2004, LTC Cook moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he assumed Command of Alpha Company, 3/325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, and later Alpha Company 2/508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
After command, LTC Cook earned a Master's degree from Stanford University, and later was assigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor, teaching Russian language and culture in the Department of Foreign Languages.
After the Command and General Staff College, LTC returned to Fort Bragg and joined the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division. He first served as the Operations Officer of 5-73 Cavalry, and later as the Operations Officer of 1-505th PIR. LTC Cook later served as the Brigade Operations Officer for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd (Airborne) Division.
LTC Cook has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and has earned awards and decorations to include two Bronze Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, and various unit and campaign medals. He has also earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, the Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Pathfinder Badge.
LTC Cook is Married and his five children and is fluent in the Russian language.