CDR Scott A. Avery
United States Navy
Commander Avery was born and raised in Davis, CA. After enlisting in the Navy in 1988, and serving as a Radioman aboard submarines out of Groton, CT, he was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1993 and attended Old Dominnion University in Norfolk, VA. He graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Schience in Criminal Justice.
He reported to Naval Flight Officer training in Pensacola, Florida. Upon completion of flight training, he selected the E-2C Hawkeye and reported to VAW-120 in Norfolk, VA, where he received his Naval Flight Officer wings August 1997.
CDR Avery first reported to VAW-125 in October of 1997 and completed two full deplooyment cycles supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and DELIBERATE FORGE serving aboard USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).
In 2001, he was assigned to instructor duty at VAW-120 where he served as an NFO instructor, Flight Demonstration Team Member and was chosen to be one of the first Hawkeye 2000 instructors.
In 2003, CDR Avery returned to sea duty and was assigned to Carrier Air Wing Seventeen. He deployed onboard USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CV 67) in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. While with CVW-17, he developed a Dynamic Strike Lead Program for the E-2 Community and was responsible for the development of the first "true" urban CAS training area in the United States. In 2005, he was selected as the "Hawkeye of the Year" for his contributions to the E-2C community and to the Naval Aviation.
CDR Avery returned to VAW-125 in April 2006 as a Department Head and served as the Safety and Operations Officer where he helped lead the Tigertails through workups and an 8 month combat cruise in suport of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM as well as operations in the Horn of Africa aboard USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
CDR Avery reported to US Joint Forces Command in December 2008 and was assigned as the Deputy Branch Chief, Friendly Force Tracking Branch, Joint Integrated Fires Division (J85). While assigned to USJFCOM, CDR Avery attended the Joint Forces Staff College and completed his JPME Phase II and designated as a Joint Qualified Officer.
CDR Avery's awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (6), Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (3), and numerous command/unit awards. He is qualified as an E-2C Mission Commander and Air Wing Strike Lead, and has accumulated over 2500 flight hours and over 550 arrested landings in the Hawkeye.
CDR Avery resides in Norfolk and has three children: Brendan, Megan, and Riley.