March 8, 2021

Episode 46: Chaveso “Chevy” Cook. Military Mentors


LTC Chaveso “Chevy” Cook and his wife Ashley are from Columbia, SC. She is his high-school sweetheart and a personal trainer. Their most important triumphs are being together for over two decades and their beautiful daughters London and Lola. LTC Cook commissioned from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY. His career began as an Air Defense Artillery officer in 3-4 ADAR (A), 82nd ABN DIV, Fort Bragg, NC. After selection and training he branched Psychological Operations (PSYOP), spending his initial special operations career in 8th PSYOP BN (A) at Fort Bragg. Afterward LTC Cook returned to USMA as a Tactical Officer (D4). Fortuitously he also became an instructor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Returning to Fort Bragg he commanded D Co, 3rd PSYOP BN (A)(D) and then served as S3 for 7th PSYOP BN (A). During his career he has deployed during “The Surge”, the “Arab Spring”, and the fight against ISIS, in positions ranging from Battery XO up to Task Force J3 (Operations). These and other operational experiences span Iraq (x3) Qatar (x2), Niger, Jordan, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Tajikistan, and the United Arab Emirates. LTC Cook is completing his PhD at Tufts University where he studies Human Development. LTC Cook’s civilian education includes degrees from USMA (2004), the University of Texas-El Paso (2008), and Columbia University (2013). Of his professional memberships his non-profit role as co-founder and Executive Director of MilitaryMentors.org allows him to uniquely serve others outside of the uniform. He has guest spoken and been widely published on topics of social justice, character, leadership, organizational change, diversity, in extremis leader development, inclusion, innovation, mentorship, and a range of other professional development topics. He has fulfilled all the military education required of an officer and a PSYOP professional, including SERE-C (High Risk), Advanced Airborne School, Military Deception Planners Course, and the Information Operations Capabilities/Applications Course. Of his awards and decorations, he is most proud of his two Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medals for sustained community and organizational investment, his branch’s Major General Robert McClure Medal (Bronze), and the 2016 Secretary of the Army Diversity and Leadership Award, given to one officer yearly for commitment to equal opportunity practices, Army Values and the professional development of others.

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