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Celebrating Veterans Day 2011: J. Scott Mooneyham


November 15, 2011

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Date: 11/15/2011 Description: Special Agent Mooneyham. - State Dept Image

J. Scott Mooneyham was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1991, after graduating from Texas A&M University. After completing The Basic School, Aviation Indoctrination Training and Naval Flight School, Lieutenant Mooneyham was selected to fly the AH-1W Cobra. After rotary wing attack helicopter training in 1995, he reported to HMLA-267 at Camp Pendleton, California. In 1996, Captain Mooneyham was assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) on board the USS Essex (LHD-2) and completed a Westpac deployment to the North Arabian Gulf. In 1998, Captain Mooneyham was assigned to the 31rst MEU on board the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) and returned to the North Arabian Gulf to participate in Operation Southern Watch, Desert Anvil and Desert Fox. During his flying career, Captain Mooneyham amassed over 1,200 flight hours in four airframes. He obtained flight designations as an Attack Helicopter Commander and Night System Instructor. He is the recipient of several military awards including: Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

After separating from the Marine Corps in 1999, Scott joined the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. Special Agent Mooneyham has served overseas as ARSO Paris and RSO Mbabane, as well as tours in Washington DC with Secretary Powell’s Protective Detail, the Washington Field Office and the DS Command Center. He is currently a Branch Chief in the Office of High Threat Protection. His next assignment will be as the DS Liaison to the First Marine Division at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

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