2015 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
Colonel Alvin B. Cobb, USA Retired, ’63
Colonel Alvin B. Cobb attended junior college at Oklahoma Military Academy, where he graduated in 1963. While at OMA, he was awarded the Outstanding Cadet Identification Disk, was a top 10 percent student in Military Science, was a member of the drill team, earned membership in Phi Theta Kappa, was Sergeant Major of the corps and left the college as a cadet 2nd Lieutenant.
Bruce continued studying toward a bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University and continued participation in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate, was recognized upon graduation as the outstanding cadet and awarded the Colonel Sam Myers trophy.
Upon graduation in 1965, he received a regular army commission as 2nd Lieutenant of infantry. His military career spanned almost 28 years and he retired in 1993 as a colonel in the aviation branch. During his years of service he has two combat tours in Vietnam, multiple tours in airborne assignments, served as aide-de-camp to the commanding general at the Army’s Special Warfare Center, served as a member of the staff to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and commanded at all levels from lieutenant through colonel.
After retiring, Bruce attended the University of Oklahoma to complete a graduate program earning a master’s degree in public administration. Following that, he began work as a consultant in the aviation industry and continues that work to date. He has been married to Patty for 51 years and they have two sons, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
In acknowledging the selection as a Distinguished Alumni, Bruce stated that he is humbled by the fact that someone thought enough of him to submit his name into the nomination and selection process.