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Updated 8 August 2013


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Lieutenant-Colonel P.T. SCOTT, MMM CD was raised in the rural community of Kincardine, Ontario. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the Canadian Forces in August 1977. After completing recruit and basic Radio Operator training, Private Scott was posted to 1st Canadian Signal Regiment where he quickly accelerated to the rank of Corporal and in December 1980 was posted to 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Lahr, West Germany, to spend five years providing Command Post communications.

In April 1985 Master Corporal Scott returned to Kingston to instruct Radio Operator courses and assisting in Communication Officer phase training. Master Corporal Scott was commissioned to Lieutenant in January 1990. Following officer training, his first operational tour was as Deputy Commanding Officer 1 Line Troop Kingston (April 1991 - June 1992). Promoted to Captain, he served as Deputy Commanding Officer 702 Communication Squadron /Base Telecommunication Officer CFB Petawawa (June 1992 - June 1995), Deputy Commanding Officer 736 Communication Squadron, Thunder Bay (June 1995 - April 1996) and Commanding Officer 736 Communication Squadron (April 1996 - April 1999).

Returning to Kingston in 1999, Captain Scott served as the Plans Officer for 79 Communications Regiment, Plans Officer for the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment, Signals Planner for the Canadian Forces Joint Headquarters, and Senior Communications Officer for the United Nations' Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Canadian Contingent. A graduate of the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, Major Scott was also a part-time mature student with the University of Manitoba. His six-year perseverance in university studies, simultaneous to his service with the Canadian Forces, resulted in his graduation in May 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts - Canadian Studies Major.

In addition to his loyal military service Major Scott has been an active volunteer in the greater military and civilian communities. Highlights include: Chairman of City of Kingston Neighbourhood Watch, Assistant Editor Tower Times Kingston, Chairman Scout Committee, President Petawawa Curling Club, Contributing Writer "Military Matters" Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, Assistant Director Communications Canada Boy Scout Jamboree 1997, and Member of Kingston Whig-Standard Community Editorial Board. This was formally recognised through his appointment to the Order of Military Merit in May 2002 by Her Excellency, the Governor General of Canada. Major Scott was a visionary President of the Mess Committee (PMC) of the Vimy Officers Mess Kingston (Home station Mess) setting the stage for many recent improvements.

From July 2003 to July 2005 he was posted to J6 staff at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa. He managed all international operations except Afghanistan, coordinated domestic operations and provided J6 contribution to all national and international exercises. Effective August 2005 Major Scott was posted to Canada Command where his experience in domestic operations was exploited to establish the initial national domestic deployed communications plan. Recognised as an operationally focused officer, he was moved from J6 into the Joint Command Centre as a Senior Watch Officer.

As the Commanding Officer 731 Signal Squadron, Major Scott also accepted the appointment of Chairman of the Shilo Community Council, President Royal Canadian Artillery Officers Mess and Vice President Our Lady of Shilo Parish Council.

After one year in command, Lieutenant Colonel Scott was promoted to his current rank and posted to Defence Research Development Canada serving as the Liaison Offeicer between ADM Science and Technology and the Commanders of Canada Command, CEFCOM and CANOSCOM. He was subsequently posted to the Canadian Defence Academy, Kingston, Ontario where he served as Senior Staff Officer Lessons Learned until his retirement in December 2009

A serving member of the Knights of Columbus, Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Peter Scott is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Lynn Track. They have two sons with Afghanistan experience: Craig (Captain C.A. Scott) and Ryan (Corporal R.T. Scott). Lieutenant Colonel Scott is now a proud grandpa.