Captain Scott Cooledge is a native of Portland, Maine, and a 1985 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical Science and a United States Coast Guard License of Unlimited Tonnage all Oceans. After a year of working in the merchant fleet, Captain Cooledge joined the Navy and attended Aviation Officer Candidate School. He was commissioned an Ensign in July of 1986. He attended flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in September 1987. After his first tour as an NFO he was selected for a pilot transition and after completing pilot training in August of 1991, was designated a Naval Aviator.
Captain Cooledge has logged over 4500 hours in Navy aircraft as both a Pilot and an NFO, qualifying as a primary evaluator and instructor in both positions in the P-3 Orion.
Captain Cooledge's multiple sea going assignments and 8 deployments include tours with VP-11, VP-16, and VP-45 and VP-46 as well as an assignment aboard the USS John F. Kennedy where he served as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer and the ship's V-2 Division Officer.
Following his Dept Head Tour, Captain Cooledge reported for his first shore duty assignment at the Naval Personnel Command in Millington, TN where he served for three years as the Aircraft Carrier Placement Officer, responsible for manning the US Navy's Aircraft Carriers. While attached to the Bureau of Personnel, he was selected for Command at Sea.
In May 2005 Captain Cooledge reported to Patrol Squadron Forty-Six, assuming command of the Gray Knights in May 2006. As the CO, he deployed for a split-site Kadena-Misawa deployment, and assumed the role as Task Group Commander (CTG 72.2/72.4) in support of OEF-P. Upon completion of his tour with the Gray Knights, he reported to Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group in Norfolk, VA as the Operations Officer (N3) for the P-3 Community.
In Feb 2007 Captain Cooledge assumed Command of a Battalion in the famed 82nd Airborne, 4th Brigade Combat Team. As the CO of a Joint Force Provincial Reconstruction Team, he was responsible for the Security, Reconstruction and Governance of the 5th largest Province in Afghanistan, Ghazni Province. For one year Captain Cooledge and his team operated from a remote forward operating base in Southern Afghanistan, conducting over 500 Ground Assault Convoys in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan. For his actions Captain Cooledge was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army's Combat Action Badge.
Captain Cooledge was then selected for Major Command and in June 2010 assumed command of TRAWING-4 in Corpus Christi, TX.
Captain Cooledge has earned Masters Degrees from the University San Diego School of Business and The National War College in Washington, DC. He reported to The University of South Carolina in July 2012 to command the University's ROTC unit and serve as the University's Professor of Naval Sciences.
Commander Lund is a graduate of Iowa State University, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Foreign Language Studies and a commission through the NROTC Program in May 1991. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in March 1993.
Upon completion of P-3C ORION fleet replacement training, he reported to Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida for his first assignment. While assigned to the 'War Eagles', he served as Line Branch Officer, AW Division Officer and Assistant Training Officer. He qualified as an Instructor Tactical Coordinator (ITC) and Mission Commander (MC), deploying to Keflavik, Iceland, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Sigonella, Sicily and Howard AFB, Panama.
Starting in 1998, Commander Lund served as a Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander while participating in a Personnel Exchange tour with the German Navy based in Nordholz, Germany. While there, he flew the ATLANTIC and again deployed to Puerto Rico, Iceland and France.
In the fall of 2000, Commander Lund was assigned to the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. Deploying within days of the 9/11 attacks to the Arabian Gulf in support of the Global War on Terrorism, he spent a record 159 consecutive days at sea. He served as the V-3 Division Officer and qualified as Assistant Command Duty Officer (in port), as well as Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer, 'Air Boss.'
After completing P-3C ORION refresher training in December of 2002, Commander Lund reported to the 'Pelicans' of Patrol Squadron FORTY FIVE (VP-45) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He served as the squadron Admin Officer and Maintenance Officer while instructing Junior Officers in the aircraft. In 2001, he deployed to Sigonella, Sicily, where he flew in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Leaving his department head tour in July 2005, Commander Lund was assigned to the Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, Norfolk, Virginia. He took on the duties of Maintenance Officer for all P-3 aircraft world-wide and worked closely with contractors and depot personnel to improve availability rates for P-3s across four Air Wings.
In July 2008, he was assigned as the 'Mini Boss' aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS based out of Bremerton, Washington. During this carrier tour, he deployed to FIFTH FLEET, making port calls to Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Japan.
In May 2010, Commander Lund moved to Corpus Christi, TX for his next assignment as the Chief Staff Officer (CSO) for Training Air Wing FOUR. While there, he accumulated over 250 hours flying the TC-12.
Beginning in November 2012, Commander Lund took on a Global Support Assignment with the Air Force at Al Udeid AFB in Qatar.
Commander Lund began his present assignment as the Executive Officer (XO) for the University of South Carolina Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in June 2013.
Commander Lund has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various personal, unit and operational awards.