Rear Adm. Scott Dillon is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He's a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and is a graduate of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Class 117 and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
After designation as a naval aviator in 1994, he reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 at Barbers Point, Hawaii. During this tour, he completed deployments as a P-3 tactical coordinator and mission commander. Dillon’s follow-on assignment was to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School/Naval Postgraduate School Cooperative Program and subsequently to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20. He later deployed to Djibouti, Africa during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dillon was selected as an aerospace engineering duty officer (AEDO) in 2002 and served in a series of acquisition billets including P-3 class desk and integrated product team lead at Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program office (PMA) 290 and MH-60R team lead at PMA-299. His acquisition tours also included assignment as the AEDO community detailer at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee.
From May 2012 through March 2016, Dillon served as program manager, PMA-290, responsible for all P-8A, P-3C, EP-3 and P-3 derivative programs. During his tenure, the program completed P-8A initial operational testing and evaluation, initial operational capability and full-rate production milestones.
He subsequently served tours as military assistant to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics and as vice commander for Naval Air Systems Command.
Dillon has served a previous flag tour as commander, Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, Virginia. In April 2018, he assumed his current position as commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake/Point Mugu, California and assistant commander for Test and Evaluation, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).
Dillon is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), and other various personal, unit and service awards.