J. Scott graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering, with an emphasis in National Securities and Public Affairs.  On that same day, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  He attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course where he trained on various Artillery weapon systems.  Prior to arriving in Germany for his first duty assignment, J. Scott attended and graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School, an elite leadership training program designed to impose high levels of sleep and food deprivation in a field environment.  Less than 50% percent graduate from this rigorous training. He considers himself one of the fortunate few.  Upon completion of Ranger School, he was assigned to 2/3rds Field Artillery, part of 1st Brigade, 3rd Armored Division located in Kirchgoens, Germany. There he served as a Fire Support Officer, and was attached to Delta Company, 5/5 Cav – a mechanized infantry Battalion.  It was in this capacity that J. Scott served in the Gulf War 91’.  Being a part of the decisive victory in Iraq, it was the 3rd Armored Division that “Spearheaded” the attack which ultimately defeated the Iraqi Republican Guard.  Soon after ground operations, while holding ground near Safwan Iraq, J. Scott and his 10 man team conducted several aid and relief missions for the people of Iraq.  In his last year with 2/3rds FA Battalion, J. Scott served as a Platoon Leader for Alpha Battery.  His last duty station was in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.  It was there that he attended the Officer Advanced Course, and ultimately taught the Officer Basic Course with the instructional arm of the Field Artillery’s training center. 

Service Awards and Decorations include: Ranger Tab, Parachute Badge, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (2), Bronze Star Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal.  J. Scott received an honorable discharge as a Captain.

Cpt. J. Scott Shonka Military Experience