SSG Aaron Cockson is a native of Foley, Alabama. After completing his Bachelors degree at Florida State University in 1995, he taught for several years in the public schools before returning for his master's degree. He also found time between degrees to attend basic training and join the 151st Army Band in Montgomery, Alabama, where he served as principal horn. Following completion of his master's degree, Cockson auditioned and won a position with The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" in 2001. He is a member of the concert band and orchestra, hornist for the woodwind quintet, and also serves as both associate information management officer and assistant webmaster for the unit.