A native of Portsmouth, Va., and New York City, N.Y., Scott was designated a naval aviator in 1984.
Scott previously commanded Helicopter Mine Counter Measures Squadron (HM) 14, which under his command was awarded the Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic Fleet Battle "E" Efficiency Award for 2001. He also commanded Mine Countermeasures Squadron One as commodore.
His operational sea assignments included: HM-14 legal officer, Aircraft division officer and maintenance test pilot (1985-1987); flight deck officer aboard USS Inchon (LPH 12); and HM-14 admin officer, operations officer and detachment officer in charge (1994-1996), and, most recently, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2.
Ashore, he served as Air Combat placement officer, Bureau of Naval Personnel; wing operations officer, Commander Tactical Wing Atlantic; military aide to the vice president (1997-1999); current operations chief and division chief, Joint Forces Command; director of aviation officer Distribution Division (PERS 43), Naval Personnel Command; and acting director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, Washington D.C.
He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Naval Postgraduate School, U.S. Naval War College, and the Joint Forces Staff College. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3), Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy League 2008 Dalton L. Baugh Leadership Award, and various campaign and service ribbons.