Scott Scales. distinguished federal service career started in 1982 with
his enlistment in the U.S. Army while still in high school and it
continues today almost 29 years later at the Center for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC).
Presently, Scales is the Exercise Manager for Public Health Preparedness
and Response (PHPR) at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA. He is
responsible for leading the program that designs, develops and conducts
the CDC.s preparedness and response exercises and the agency.s
participation in national level exercises in the support of CD
In this capacity, Scales provides homeland security exercise and
evaluation guidance and leadership to agency-wide exercise and planning
efforts, and assists in the development of training and exercise programs
across CDC Centers, Institutes and Office and with its international
partners across the globe. He also represents the CDC at interagency and
international conferences and is the CDC.s primary representative to the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Exercise Program.
Additionally during CDC emergency response operations, Scales assumes
the role of the Planning Section Chief as part the agency.s Incident
Management staff. He has participated in CDC responses to the Swine
Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak, the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the
Gulf of Mexico, the Haiti earthquake and cholera outbreak and the recent
His federal service career began December 27, 1982, one day after his
17th birthday and midway through his senior year at EF, when he enlisted
in the U.S. Army. His active duty military service began in June 1983
after high school graduation and continued until 2010 when he retired with
the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
During his over 27 years in the U.S. Army first as an enlisted soldier
and later as an officer, he was awarded 19 medals and campaign ribbons. He
served in multiple command and staff positions of increasing
responsibility within the Airborne, Infantry, Intelligence, Special
Forces, Signal and Aviation units. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi
Scales is a graduate of over 25 military and leadership schools
including Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Army Helicopter Flight
Training and UH-60 Blackhawk Qualification Course, Airborne School, Air
Assault School, Inspector General Qualifications Course, Space Operations
Qualification Course, Simulations Operations Qualification Course and the
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
In 1990, Scales graduated cum laude with Bachelor of Science in
Education degree from California University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining the CDC, Scales was the Deputy Director of Training,
Exercises and Simulation for the Third U.S. Army, which supports all army
forces in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. He has traveled
extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East in his military
assignments. Scales holds a commercial helicopter.s license and is a
qualified pilot in command of three different army helicopters.
While at Elizabeth Forward, Scales participated in soccer and track. He
was member of the first boys. soccer team and served as a team captain
during his senior year. Scales also was an avid swimmer, and served as a
lifeguard at the high school pool in addition to teaching swimming lessons
on the weekend.
Scales has been married to his wife Dana for 20 years and they have two
sons; Austin, age 16, and Cameron, age 13. They reside in the quiet little
town of Newnan, GA, just south of Atlanta where he works. Scales still
frequents the Elizabeth Forward area which he still calls home and where
his parents, brother and sister and their families still reside.