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Name (Last, First Middle)Scott, David J.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
RankLieutenant Colonel
SquadronCS 18
Home TownRandolph AFB
Home StateTX
High SchoolRandolph High School
High School ActivitiesFootball,Basketball,Track, NatlHonorSoc
Post High SchoolNone
Academy ExperiencesFootball, Track
Academic Degree MajorBS EngrMech, USAFA ,1978 MS HumanResMgmt Valdosta St SOS(C) ACSC(C) ACSC(R)1993 AirWC(S) AirWC(R)1998 AirCSC,1992
Active Duty Assignments78:GradAsst&Instr PhysicalEd USAFA;80: PltTng VanceAFB; 81: Stu LIFT&RTU Holloman AFB/Luke AFB; 81: C Scheduling&Pgm Standardization&EvalpnsTac&Imagery,36TFS Osan AB SK;84: Chief/FltCmdr 26AS Clark AB PI; 87: AsstCWgStandardization&Eval/FltCmdr 70TFS Moody AFB;90:AOC CS-29 USAFA;92:StuAirCSC; 93: AsstOpnsO 526FS/BeddownLnO 401FW Ramstein AB GW; 94: OpnsO 555FSAviano AB IT; 95:OpnsO85T&ESq Eglin AFB; 96: Cmdr 80TFS KunsanABSK;97:Stu AirWC;98:Dpty Div Chf ECJ5-ForcesDivision, Stuttgart,GE;99:SpecAsst, SACEUR,Mons, BE ; 99: Division Chief, ECJ5, Stuttgart,GE;00:Cmdr 31stOpsGroup,AvianoAB,Italy; 02:Chief AFHouse Liaison,US House of Reps Wash, DC; 03: DeputyJ3,USFK Youngsan SK; 04: VDir,J3, NORAD, Peterson AFB; 05:Wg Cmdr,EielsonAFB,Alaska; 07:DepDir,CAOC7,Larissa,Greece; Dir,A5R, Operation&Capability Requirements, Pentagon;
Civilian Positions
Award Year1997
Award Summary InformationLieutenant Colonel David J. Scott, U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1978, is the winner of the 1997, Jabara Award for Airmanship for sustained superior performance as a leader, squadron commander, operations officer, premier fighter tactician and F-16 instructor pilot from January 1, '.1995 through June 30, 1992 He was nominated by Pacific Air Forces. As operations officer, 555th Fighter Squadron (FS), 31st Operations Group, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy (USAFE); operations officer, 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, 79th Test and Evaluation Group, 53rd Wing, Eglin AFB, FL. (ACC); and commander 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea, Colonel Scott distinguished himself as an outstanding tactician and leader in developing tactics to counter the rapidly improving fourth ¨generation threat aircraft and surface-to-air missiles while enhancing force effectiveness in the air-¨to-ground role. As the operations officer of the 555th FS 'Triple Nickel', at the direction of the 16th Air Force commander Colonel Scott developed from scratch and implemented F-? 6 Ail borne Forward Air Controller upgrade training for the forces assigned to Aviano. In April 1995, he led a squadron deployment to Turkey for Exercise DISTANT THUNDER, briefing the Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force and Air South commanders on the capabilities of his force and then led the first large-force joint package during the exercise. Colonel Scott's demonstrated expertise in leading joint coalition and combined strike packages came to the forefront in Operation DENY FLIGHT where he served as the mission commander for a multi-national; 35-aircraft strike package composed of USAF, USMC, USN, French, Spanish, Dutch and Turkish aircraft attacking the Pale Ammunition Storage Area near the capital city of the Bosnian Serbs. This mission demonstrated the first-ever use of GBU-12s dropped from F-16s using LANTIRN targeting pods, and resulted in his own two direct hits and complete mission success on all targets. Overall, Scott briefed, led, and debriefed over 60 DENY FLIGHT combat missions during his tour in the southern region. After numerous other challenging and successful assignments dealing with aircraft and munitions capabilities and tactics, Scott assumed command of the world famous 80th Fighter Squadron, the 'JUVATs:'- As a member of the 8th Fighter Wing, the 'Wolf Back,' his dynamic leadership took the 80th FS through one of the heaviest inspection schedules with 'excellent' results. By his achievements in fighter warfare tactics development
Involved Crew Members
Burial Site/DateN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot
Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & AwardsLM(2),DSSM(3),AAM(2),DMSM,AM(4),AFAM,AAM(2)
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