Originally from the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois, Rear Adm. John Scorby grew up in Manlius, New York, and graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He entered the Navy in November 1982 as an aviation officer candidate, was commissioned an ensign in March 1983, and designated a Naval Flight officer in June 1984.
Scorby’s early operational assignments include Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2 (VQ 2) and Patrol Squadron Special Projects Unit 1 (VPU 1). Scorby, subsequently, served as the officer in charge of VPU-1 and commanding officer of VQ-2.
Scorby’s shore and staff assignments include Bureau of Naval Personnel/PERS-43 where he served as the VQ/Force Support detailer; North American Aerospace Defense Command where he served as a missile operations officer, chief of the Aerospace Warning Branch and executive assistant to the NORAD director of Operations; chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV/N13) where he served as the aviation officer community manager and deputy, Officer Plans and Policy; chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV/N88) where he served as the EP-3E requirements officer and executive assistant to the director; Naval Air Station Jacksonville where he served as the commanding officer; assistant secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) where he served as the executive assistant.
Prior to Scorby's current assignment, he was commander, Navy Region Southeast.
Additionally, his education includes a Master of Science degree in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School; a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College where he graduated with distinction; Joint Forces Staff College, and a Master of Arts degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces where he graduated with distinction.
Scorby has received a number of personal awards but is most proud of his unit awards because of the teamwork they represent.