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 Fleet Marine Officer, USN Formal Portrait
Colonel
Scott D. Aiken, USMC

Fleet Marine Officer,
U.S. Fleet Forces Command



Colonel Aiken is currently assigned as the Fleet Marine Officer with U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He is a career infantry officer with over twenty-eight years of service.

Since September 11, 2001, he has deployed four times in support of the War on Terrorism. On short notice, he deployed to the U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the Operations Officer of Joint Task Force 160. During this time, JTF-160 prepared the Base for the reception and detention of Al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also deployed to eastern Africa as part of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa as the Forward Command Element Officer in Charge and the Current Operations Officer. During this time, the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa participated in combating terrorism operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has served two tours in Iraq commanding at the battalion and group level, and was the Commanding Officer for the Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group and the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Responsible Drawdown, the last Marine Fleet unit to redeploy from Iraq. His most recent assignment was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Training (G-3) with II Marine Expeditionary Force/Chief of Staff, 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Colonel Aiken graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Geology. He was commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1985. He has attended several military schools, to include the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course and Command and General Staff College, as well as the U.S. Air Force Air War College.

His personal decorations include two Legions of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.