|Commander Scott A. Tait
Commanding Officer (June 2010 - June 2012)
Commander Tait, a native of Brighton, Michigan, was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy through the University of Michigan NROTC program in 1992.
He reported aboard his first ship, USS MCCLUSKY (FFG 41) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan in early 1994 where he served as Ordnance Officer and Damage Control Assistant. During his tour, MCCLUSKY completed one Persian Gulf and several Western Pacific / Indian Ocean deployments, including service with the INDEPENDENCE Battle Group off Taiwan during the 1996 missile crisis.
Commander Tait next transferred to USS STUMP (DD 978) homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as Navigator during her 1996 Persian Gulf deployment, and as Operations Officer during her 1998 Mediterranean Sea Deployment
with COMDESRON TWO / CTF 65 embarked.
Rotating ashore in late 1998, he was assigned to the U.S. European Command Joint Analysis Center (JAC), Molesworth, U.K. During this tour he had the unique opportunity to work in the Joint Intelligence / Targeting communities, and to serve on the ground with NATO forces in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Cyprus.
Returning to sea and to Japan, Commander Tait reported aboard USS COWPENS (CG 63) in August, 2001. He served as Weapons Officer, Combat Systems Officer, Operations Officer and Air Defense Officer deploying in support of Operations NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM. During IRAQI FREEDOM, COWPENS served as the CTF 50 Arabian Gulf Air Defense Commander, responsible for up to 4 U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and over 100 coalition ships, in addition to launching 39 Tomahawk strikes.
In 2004-2005 he was privileged to serve as the Navy’s Federal Executive Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
Following his FEF tour, Commander Tait returned to sea as Executive Officer in USS HUE CITY (CG 66) homeported in Mayport, Florida. During his tour HUE CITY deployed to the FIFTH and SIXTH Fleets, supported the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon during the Israel-Hezbollah crisis, and served as Air Defense Commander for the HARRY S. TRUMAN Carrier Strike Group.
After his Executive Officer assignment, CDR Tait attended the U.S. Naval War College during the 2007-8 academic year, where he graduated with distinction.
He reported to the staff of the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in November, 2008 and served there in the N00 Warfighting Assessment and Readiness directorate until April, 2010 when he entered the command training pipeline en route USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan.
Commander Tait holds masters degrees in International Policy from Stanford University and National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.