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About George

George Scott has spent his life serving – in our nation’s military, the federal government, the private sector, and the church. He is now running for the 4th Congressional District in Pennsylvania, determined to bring his ethos of integrity, service, and compassion to our federal government.

George is the son of Colonel Fred W. and Mrs. Betty M. Scott. His father was a thirty-one year veteran of the United States Army. His mother emigrated from England following World War II to work for the International Monetary Fund. Following Colonel Scott's retirement from the Army in 1966, the family moved to Adams County, where they owned and operated a beef cattle farm near Littlestown. At a young age, George learned the value of hard work, baling hay and doing all the chores normally associated with life on a family farm.

George developed a commitment to community and public service through his parents. Whether serving on the local school board, in their church, in farmers’ associations, in the Lion’s Club, or at the Adams County public library, they strove to improve their community. George's lifelong interest in political affairs comes from his father, who chaired the Adams County Democratic Party for many years.

During his time at Littlestown High School, George played three sports and was a finalist for a National Merit scholarship. During his senior year, he was president of both the student council and the National Honor Society. Following graduation, he received a highly coveted appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, where he earned his glider pilot's license, maintained a 3.9 grade point average and was named to the Commandant's List.

After his freshman year at the Air Force Academy, George transferred to Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where he continued his preparation for a military career in the United States Army's ROTC program. While at Georgetown, he served a Congressional internship in the office of Congressman Bill Goodling (R-PA), earned Phi Beta Kappa honors, and graduated magna cum laude in 1984, with a degree in International Politics. Following graduation, George accepted his commission as a military intelligence officer in the United States Army.

Upon completion of his Officer Basic course, George was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea where he served as a ground surveillance radar platoon leader on the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea. He returned to the United States in 1986 and was assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Serving as an intelligence officer at battalion and corps levels, George was deployed three times during his tour of duty at Fort Bragg: in 1989 to the US Virgin Islands as part of a disaster relief force following Hurricane Hugo; again in 1989 to Panama during Operation Just Cause; and in 1990-91 to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. During Desert Storm, he worked with the 6th French Light Armored Division in their invasion of southern Iraq.

After several years of specialized training, George returned to troops in 1996, serving at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as a brigade intelligence officer, battalion executive officer, and chief of the Division’s analysis center. In 1998, George returned to the Middle East to serve with the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan. He worked with the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) on a daily basis during a period of great concern and instability following the death of King Hussein, and increased pressure from Islamic extremists. In 1999, he assisted the JAF with their deployment to support UN peacekeeping efforts in East Timor.
In 2000 George was assigned to Army Forces Central Command/Third U.S. Army, at Fort McPherson, GA, where he served as the Chief, G2 (Intelligence) Plans. In November 2001, he deployed to Kuwait for four months as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2002, he was reassigned to the Presidio of Monterey, CA, where he commanded the 229th Military Intelligence Battalion, a unit of over 1,800 personnel, preparing highly trained linguists for specialized service in units around the world. Following a highly successful 20-year career, George retired from the US Army in August 2004.

Following his retirement, George continued his career of public service, first with the Central Intelligence Agency as a staff operations officer in the Agency's Middle East Division; and then as a government contractor in Iraq, training US commanders in counter-insurgency operations; and finally back in the U.S. working to identify, neutralize, and defeat improvised explosive devices (IED).

In 2009, George sensed a calling to a different form of public service and settled once again in south central Pennsylvania, entering the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. While at seminary, he served one summer as chaplain for the Diakon Wilderness Center, and two summers at Codorus State Park as chaplain with the Pennsylvania Council of Churches’ Chaplains in the Parks ministry. Following his graduation, George was installed as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in East Berlin, where he continues to serve.

In addition to his degrees from Georgetown University (BSFS, International Politics) and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Masters of Divinity), George holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. He is also a graduate of the Defense Language Institute; the Advanced Foreign Service Institute, in Tunis, Tunisia; and the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. His military qualifications include the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist badge, Air Assault badge, and Tunisian Airborne badge. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medal.

George’s long career in public service has taken him from coast to coast in the United States and from the Far East to the Middle East. Yet, throughout it all, home for George has always been south-central Pennsylvania. He and his wife Donna, a small business owner in Littlestown, make their home in Dillsburg, PA. George is also the proud father of two children. His daughter, Alexandra, is a student at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown. His son, Nicholas, is a junior at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.

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