In the service: William J. Scott |

In the service: William J. Scott

William J. Scott has been promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army.

He has also assumed command of the 311th Theater Signal Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The command provides communications support for a secure Army network throughout the Pacific region.

Scott was previously assigned to the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., where he was the director of the LandWarNet/Battle Command directorate.

During Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, Scott was commander of the 160th Signal Brigade, where he led more than 3,000 soldiers and civilians supporting network operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Kazakhstan.

“I look forward to the many missions we will achieve together,” said Scott, during his change of command ceremony. ” … building upon the outstanding reputation and standard of excellence you’ve established, and delivering the full operational effect of the Enterprise network across the Asian-Pacific theater.”

Scott is the son of Julia G. Carroll-Shea of Grass Valley and Edward Merrihew of Oceanside, Calif. Scott’s wife, Paula, is the daughter of Colleen Bohn of Bountiful, Utah.

After graduating from Alta High School in Sandy, Utah, in 1979, Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in 1984 from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

He earned a master’s degree from National Defense University, Washington, D.C. in 2005.

During his promotion ceremony, Scott’s wife, Paula, helped pin on his new rank, while his daughter Kristiana, an Air Force broadcaster, presented the general officer pistol and his one-star beret.

Another daughter, Natasha, sang the national anthem, while daughters Brittania and Natasha placed his new rank epaulets on his shoulder.

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