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Major Scott A. Bates is the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Choctawhatchee High School in Ft. Walton Beach, FL.  He is responsible for developing citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.  He teaches aerospace science and leadership education curricula as well as serving as liaison between the Air Force and civilian agencies in the aerospace field.  He performs career and performance counseling for Air Force JROTC cadets. He helps plan and support activities like military balls, cadet competitions, cadet newspaper production, military ceremonies and charitable activities. He provides instruction in drill and ceremonies and in the principles of leadership and management.


Major Bates was born in Texarkana, TX in 1971. He graduated from Hope High School in Hope, AR in 1990, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2000.  He received his commission through Officer Training School in September 2001.  He and his wife, Kendra, have twin boys, Zane and Riley while his daughter, Miranda lives in California.


1. November 1991 – October 1995, Electronic Warfare Systems Technician, Eglin AFB, FL

2. October 1995 – November 1996, Electronic Warfare Systems Technician, Osan AB, Republic of Korea

3. November 1996 – July 2001, Electronic Warfare Systems Craftsman, Special Projects,  Eglin AFB, FL

4. July 2001 – September 2001, student, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL

5. September 2001 – July 2002, Deputy Chief, Wing Plans, Ramstein AB, Germany

6.  July 2002 – November 2002, student, Logistics Readiness Officer School, Lackland AFB, TX

7. November 2002 – November 2003, Officer in Charge, Vehicle Operations, Ramstein AB, Germany

8. November 2003 – November 2004, Officer in Charge Materiel Mgt Element, Ramstein AB, Germany

9. November 2004 – December 2005, Officer in Charge, Plans and Reception, Nellis AFB, NV

10.  December 2005 – June 2007, Installation Deployment Officer/Readiness Flt CC, Nellis AFB, NV

11.  June 2007 – June 2010, Officer in Charge, Core Compliance, Lakenheath, England

12.  June 2010 – 1 Oct 2012, Instructor, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

13.  1 October 2012 – Present, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, FL-022 Choctawhatchee High School, Ft. Walton Beach, FL




Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

AF Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters

AF Organizational Excellence Award

National Defense Service Medal with service star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal with two service stars

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border (combat) and three oak leaf clusters