Rear Adm. Brent Scott, a native of Amarillo, Texas, entered active duty in 1992 after 12 years of civilian pastoral ministry. He is a graduate of West Texas A & M University, and received a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters of Theology from Duke University. Scott is a graduate of the Naval War College where he holds a degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Scott’s early assignments include 3rd Marine Air Wing, Yuma, Arizona where he served 2nd and 1st Light Anti-aircraft Missile Battalions. He was then detailed to Naval Station, Rota, Spain, where he supported Marine Security Forces and was the voice of “Chapline,” a daily AFN radio broadcast across Europe. In his first at-sea tour, Scott was assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 and deployed with Ike battle group in combat deployments to the Mediterranean, Adriatic, and the Arabian Gulf. His next assignment took him to Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, where he gained a supervisory role in one of the largest Religious Ministry Teams in the Navy.
In his first senior tour, Scott was assigned as command chaplain to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and Commander, Carrier Strike Group (COMCARSTRIKGRU) 7 during two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as deputy fleet chaplain, U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, before being forward deployed as force chaplain U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the fleet chaplain for U.S. 5th Fleet headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Most recently, Scott was detailed as fleet chaplain, U.S. Pacific Fleet and command chaplain, U.S. Pacific Command, Honolulu, Hawaii. There he served in a position of oversight with 500 Marine Corps, Army and Air Force and Navy service component Religious Support Teams.
Scott assumed his current duties as the 19th chaplain of the United States Marine Corps and deputy chief of chaplains in July 2014.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with one gold star, and the Navy Achievement Medal with one gold star.