CHARLESTON, S.C.,(Apr. 27)--Col. James G. Scott Jr., professor and head of The Citadel's Department of Aerospace Studies, is retiring from the U.S. Air Force after 26 years of service. Col. Scott will be recognized during the dress parade of the Corps of Cadets at 3:45 p.m. Friday on Summerall Field.
In honor of Col. Scott's retirement, a PT-17 Stearman aircraft will fly over the parade ground during The Citadel dress parade. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Bob Fox will pilot the World War II era aircraft, which is being provided by Bob Russell of Vero Beach, Fla. Lt. Col. Fox will make one high-speed pass over the parade ground and reverse his course for a low-speed pass to wave the aircraft's wings as a special salute to Col. Scott.
Col. Scott, a 1969 Citadel graduate, joined The Citadel's Department of Aerospace Studies in 1991. Previously, he was commander of the 507th Tactical Air Control Center at Shaw Air Force Base. During the Persian Gulf War, Col. Scott led 260 Air Force squadron personnel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and set up the largest command and control network in Air Force history.
Col. Scott is a command pilot with more than 2,000 flight hours in the T-37 and T-38 jet trainers and F-4, F-5 and F-15 jet fighters. His military
decorations and awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal
with Two Oak Leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal
with One Oak Leaf cluster and the Air Force Achievement Medal.