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Scott Stearney Bio
|Scott Andrew Stearney was born on 21st October 1960 and died on 1st December 2018. He was an American naval aviator and Vice Admiral of the United States Navy who served as Commander of the Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain. He died in office in an apparent suicide.|
|Born||He was born on 21st October 1960 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Died||He died on 1st December 2018 (aged 58) in Bahrain, Middle East|
||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1982–2018|
|Commands held||United States Fifth Fleet|
Scott Stearney Early Life and Education
Scott Stearney was a native resident of Chicago, Illinois US. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics before joining the U.S. Navy in October 1982. He after that joined flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1984. Stearney was a graduate from Navy Fighter Weapons School and also held a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.
Scott Stearney Career
Scott Stearney flew the FA-18 Hornet and served in numerous strike fighter squadrons. His fleet assignments included the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-87, the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-136 and strike warfare officer for commander, Carrier Group 4. Stearney commanded the Wildcats of VFA-131, and Carrier Air Wing Seven embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. He served as chief of staff of Joint Task Force 435 and later Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
While not flying, he served as instructor and readiness officer at Navy Fighter Weapons School, aide de camp to the chief of naval operations, deputy director J6 U.S. Joint Forces Command, executive assistant to deputy commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command and chief of staff, Strike Force Training Atlantic.
Scott Stearney’s flag assignments included commander, U.S. Transportation Command’s Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic, commander, Carrier Strike Group 4, commander, Navy Warfare Development Command, and director of operations, U.S. Central Command.
From May 2018 until his death on 1st December 2018, Stearney served as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces.
Stearney was entitled to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, as well as other commendations and awards. He accumulated more than 4,500 mishap-free flight hours and over 1,000 carrier-arrested landings.
Scott Stearney Death and Cause
Scott Stearney was found dead in his home in Bahrain in the Middle East on 1st December 2018, in an apparent suicide. Rear Admiral Paul J. Schlise, the deputy commander, assumed command of the Fifth Fleet in his stead.
Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations said in a statement “This is devastating news for the Stearney family, for the team at Fifth Fleet and the entire Navy. Scott Stearney was a decorated naval warrior,”
“At this time no foul play is suspected.”
Richardson said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini interior ministry were cooperating on the investigation.