Boy Scout Troop 220 Life Scout Tyler Michael Cox was headed home this summer on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 from Fort Campbell, Ky. for 4 day leave. PFC Cox is a member of the 101st Airborne Division, 1st Brigade "Bastogne," 1/32 Cavalry, E-Troop Recon, Fort Campbell.
The truck he had bought only two weeks earlier in Clarksville, Tn. dropped a transmission in St. Louis. He was in his Basic Combat Uniform (BCU) and had numerous people stop to help. His uncle, George Palmer, from Montgomery City, Mo. and a friend were headed from the east to pick him up, help and check out the truck.
His aunt, Toni Parker of Lee’s Summit had some neighbors who moved to St. Louis a few years back. She called Tom and Staci Bush, formerly of Lee’s Summit and now living in Baldwin, Mo. The Bushes ran up to Interstate I-70 where Cox broke down.
He loaned Cox his Suburban to finish his leave with. The truck is now in Troy, Mo. at a dealership getting the transmission serviced. Cox’s father, Alan Cox of Lee’s Summit had intended on putting Tyler on a plane to get back to Fort Campbell.
He texted Tom Bush that info and assurance his Suburban would be returned as soon as possible. In a text Bush replied "let me think on that." Bush texted back a day later and said "no plane, just have Tyler drive it back to Fort Campbell, use it and come back when his truck is ready and is it convenient to make the trip."
"It is so refreshing to know there are people out there supporting our service members," the senior Cox says. "Tyler has the vehicle of a couple that he has never before met."
Cox enlisted in the U.S. Army and left on January 14, 2013. He attended Infantry School at The Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga. where he qualified "expert" in marksmanship with the M-4, placing 7th overall in a competitively scored shoot of the entire training cycles’ top marksmen. He was acting 1st Platoon Sergeant during "the Bayonet," the week-long final test of Infantry School commonly called "Hell Week" where he lead the 1st Platoon to a highly successful "returned first" position.
At the storied 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, on July 3, Cox was awarded the Air Assault Badge after attending The Sabalauski Air Assault School. He is slated to attend the Expert Infantry Badge Course later this year.