COL Scott M. Dellinger is from Houston, Texas, and is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Texas A&M University. He was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery second lieutenant in 1997.
His past assignments include: Bradley Stinger Fighting Vehicle platoon leader and Linebacker battery executive officer of Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division, followed by an assignment as the assistant operations officer for 1st Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division, where he later deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, as the Bravo Battery commander. After Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as a small group instructor for the Air and Missile Defense Captains Career Course at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was then an adviser to the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces Institute in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, followed by service as the executive officer for 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, at Fort Bliss and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. He later served at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command as a career manager for Air Defense Artillery field grade officers. His first joint assignment was at U.S. Northern Command as a missile defense officer and as the Ballistic Missile Defense Current Operations Branch chief. He then commanded the 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Kadena Airbase in Okinawa, Japan, followed by an assignment at the Pentagon on the joint staff J5 as the Air and Missile Defense Policy Division chief. His most recent assignment was the 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment commander at Ramstein Airbase, Germany.
COL Dellinger’s military education includes the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Captains Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, and Army War College. He also completed the U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College through correspondence. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University, a Master of Business Administration from Tarleton State University, a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Some of his military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Valorous Unit Award, and the Japan Defense Cooperation Award Third Class. He also earned the Parachutist Badge, Space Badge, and Combat Action Badge.
Colonel Dellinger is married and has three children.