Captain Scott Curtis is a native of Manhattan, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and was subsequently commissioned through the Officer Candidate School. Upon commissioning he was assigned to one year of nuclear power training in Orlando, Florida and Idaho Falls, Idaho, with follow on surface warfare training in Newport, Rhode Island.
His first assignment was to the USS BAINBRIDGE (CGN-25) in Norfolk, Virginia where he served as reactor electrical division officer and electrical officer and completed a Mediterranean deployment in support of NATO operations. Upon decommissioning BAINBRIDGE in 1996, he was assigned to the USS CALIFORNIA (CGN-36) in Bremerton, Washington as fire control officer where he completed counter-narcotics operations in the western Pacific and Caribbean. After detaching from CALIFORNIA in 1998, he reported to his first shore assignment at the Naval Postgraduate School where he received a master of science degree in engineering acoustics and sub-specialty certification in undersea warfare in 2000.
Upon completing surface warfare department head training in Newport, Rhode Island, he was assigned to the USS FIFE (DD-991) in Everett, Washington as the combat systems officer. During this tour he completed counter-narcotics operations in the western Pacific and supported Pacific Northwest Operation NOBLE EAGLE efforts in response to the events of September 11, 2001. After detaching FIFE in May 2002, he reported to the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) as reactor electrical assistant. During this tour he completed a 290-day deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM – the longest aircraft carrier deployment since the Vietnam era. Upon completion of his assignment to ABRAHAM LINCOLN, he reported to the staff of the Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion as the deputy director’s special assistant for nuclear surface matters.
Upon screening for early command, he completed surface warfare school command training and reported as commanding officer of MCM CREW EXULTANT in June 2006 and completed two rotational deployments to the USS DEXTROUS (MCM-13) in Manama, Bahrain. During this tour he completed multiple 5th Fleet operations as well as a highly successful major maintenance availability in Bahrain.
Following his command tour, Captain Curtis was assigned to the Joint Advanced Warfighting Program in Alexandria, Virginia. During this tour he worked closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy in the development of future force requirements in support of the 2009 Quadrennial Defense Review.
In 2010 Captain Curtis reported to the USS ASHLAND (LSD 48), deployed to the 5 th Fleet area of operations, as commanding officer. ASHLAND completed a highly successful deployment, including multiple regional partnership exercises and intelligence operations in the Red Sea. The deployment’s highlights included a pre-dawn attack on ASHLAND by would-be pirates. Upon returning fire and destroying their skiff, ASHLAND captured six of the remaining pirates who were returned to the US for successful prosecution.
After relinquishing command of ASHLAND, Captain Curtis reported onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in May 2012 and relieved as reactor officer as the ship finished a sixteen-month extended docking availability. Following completion of a highly-successful tour as reactor officer, Captain Curtis reported to Tactical Training Group Atlantic where he served as the Director of Fleet Synthetic Training. In June of 2016 Captain Curtis reported to Iowa State University as the Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer of the NROTC unit.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal.