As the Commandant of NATO SCHOOL Oberammergau, Captain W. Scott Butler commands a faculty and staff representing 23 different NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, and is responsible for all aspects of the School's operation.
Captain Butler was commissioned in 1988 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He received his wings in February 1990 and reported to the VF-124 Gunslingers at NAS Miramar, California for training in the F-14A Tomcat. Upon completion, he reported to the Wolfpack of VF-1 onboard USS RANGER (CV-61), engaged in Operation DESERT STORM. After the squadron was decommissioned, he reported to the VF-2 Bounty Hunters onboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64). During this extended operational tour, he completed multiple deployments to the Western Pacific in both the F-14A and F-14D, participated in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH in Iraq, Operation RESTORE HOPE in Somalia, and graduated from TOPGUN.
In 1995, Captain Butler reported to the VF-101D Grim Reapers as an instructor in the F-14D. During this tour, he was selected as an Olmsted Scholar, received intensive training with the Foreign Service in Washington, DC and spent two years studying international relations in Prague, Czech Republic. In August 1999, he reported to the Black Aces of VF-41 at NAS Oceana, Virginia, serving as the Maintenance Officer while deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65).
Captain Butler detached from VF-41 following their return from Afghanistan and reported to the US European Command (EUCOM) Headquarter in Stuttgart, Germany. As the Western Europe Branch Chief, he served as the primary political-military advisor to the Commander for issues regarding Allied and Partner countries in the region. Captain Butler joined the VF-32 Swordsmen as Executive Officer and assumed command of the newly-transition squadron, VFA-32, in 2006, leading the squadron on its first combat deployment in the FA-18F Super Hornet and earning the Battle "E" award for combat effectiveness.
Following his squadron command tour, he served as a Legislative Fellow in the Office of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and then as the Operations Officer for the US SEVENTH Fleet, based aboard the USS BLUE RIDGE in Yokosuka, Japan. He served as the Commanding Officer of NAS Sigonella, Italy from June 2010 until May 2013.
Captain Butler has accumulated more than 650 carrier arrested landings and nearly 3000 flight hours. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, multiple Strike/Flight Air Medals, and numerous other campaign and service awards.
He is married to the former Martina Caithamelová of Prague, Czech Republic and has two children, Elisabeth and Katherine.