Lieutenant Colonel Scott
Commanding Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121
Lieutenant Colonel Scott graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in September 1987. He then graduated as an Antitank Assualtman from the School of Infantry. He completed a Western Pacific deployment in 1991 with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment serving as a SMAW gunner, squad leader and platoon guide reaching the rank of Sergeant. Lieutenant Colonel Scott graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Finance in 1994 and completed Officer Candidate School in 1994, receiving a commission in August 1994. He then completed The Basic School in 1995.
Upon completion of The Basic School, Lieutenant Colonel Scott started Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida. After earning his Naval Aviator wings in the TA-4J Skyhawk at Meridian, MS in 1998, Lieutenant Colonel Scott reported to MCAS Cherry Point, NC for training as an AV-8B Harrier pilot. In 1999 he reported to his first fleet squadron, Marine Attack Squadron 214, the Black Sheep.
Lieutenant Colonel Scott served as the S-1 officer, powerline division officer, airframes division officer and completed Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in spring 2002. After finishing WTI, he served as the squadron WTI, pilot training officer and assistant operations officer. Lieutenant Colonel Scott completed a Western Pacific deployment and participated in Operation Southern Watch and combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning in 2003 he augmented WTI course 1-04 as an instructor.
Following that Lieutenant Colonel Scott reported to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to be an instructor in the AV-8B Harrier Fleet Replacement Squadron training new Harrier pilots. At the Hawks of Marine Attack Training Squadron 203, he served in Operations, the Instructional Systems Development Office and as the Director of Safety and Standardization. During this tour Lieutenant Colonel Scott completed his Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.
Lieutenant Colonel Scott returned to Yuma to instruct at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One where he served as an AV-8B Harrier instructor, and as the AV-8B Harrier Division Head, serving in 4 WTI courses and 4 Desert Talon courses as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom trips, flying combat sorties to support lessons learned for Desert Talon training. After MAWTS-1, he reported to the Nightmares of Marine Attack Squadron 513. While in the Nightmares, Lieutenant Colonel Scott served as the squadron Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer and Executive Office and deployed twice to the Western Pacific in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
After serving with the Nightmares, Lieutenant Colonel Scott reported to the Pentagon to work AV-8B Harrier requirements in the budget process on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations under the Air Warfare directorate. While assigned to the Pentagon he participated in budget cycles supporting the AV-8B Harrier community interests.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, two single mission air medals, one with a combat distinguishing device, four strike flight air medal awards, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and a Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal.