R. James Cook (US Army, Retired)
Director of Admissions and Student Services
R. James Cook served in the military both Enlisted as an Officer with numerous duty assignments. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.
James has had numerous military leadership positions. He was a Team Sergeant of Special Operations Team – Alpha of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Brigade S3 (Director of Operations) for the Army Air Operations Group at Fort McNair, Washington D.C., and a Battalion Executive Officer for the 12th Aviation Battalion located at Fort Belvoir, VA. James’ specialty schools include, Ranger, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Army Aviation Rotary Wing Qualification in V/UH60A/L Blackhawk, CH47D Chinook, UH1 Huey, and Defense Language Institute for Spanish.
Among James’ assignments were Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Wainwright, AK, Joint Task Force – Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Bagram Army Airfield, Afghanistan.
After retiring, James and his family moved to Lexington, VA, where James is the Chair and Executive Director of Rock Bridge Family Services, a Not-for-Profit to help families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. He is a Rotarian with the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club, and serves on numerous boards.
James taught at the Virginia Military Institute and was the COO of a manufacturing company before joining the team at LUCOM.
James is married to the former Patricia (Patti) Ann Laskoski of Kearny, New Jersey. They have three children, Robert Jr., Jacob, and Sarah. Addie is the latest member of their family and is a Golden-Doodle dog.
On his free time, James travels to Guatemala to help Mayan villages receive medical care they normally would not receive as part of GO! Ministries.