COL Scott Bird was commissioned into the Signal Corps as a Second Lieutenant in 1993 upon graduating from Monmouth College in Monmouth Illinois. After completion of the Signal Officer’s Basic Course he was assigned to 35th Signal Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There he served in the 327th Signal Battalion (Airborne) as a Platoon Leader for a Single Channel Radio and Extension Switch Platoon, a Mobil Subscriber Equipment Node Center Platoon, and a Tri- Tac Node and Message Switch Platoon, and as the Battalion’s Assistant Operations Officer. While at Fort Bragg, COL Bird also deployed to Bosnia as the Signal Officer for the 229th Attack Aviation Regiment (Airborne) as part of Operation JOINT GUARD.
After completing the Signal Officer’s Advanced Course and Combined Arms Service Staff School in 1998, COL Bird was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea serving as the Battalion Signal Officer for the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Air Assault).
Then, COL Bird was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. There he served as the Brigade Signal Officer for the 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, then as the Assistant Operations Officer for the 501st Signal Battalion, and Company Commander for Bravo Company, 501st Signal Battalion where he deployed to Kuwait and then Iraq, as part of the initial ground invasion of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I. While in Iraq, after company command, COL Bird continued to serve the Division as the Brigade Signal Officer for the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
Next, COL Bird was assigned to Fort Irwin, California where he served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment as the Operations Officer of the Regimental Support Squadron and as the Regimental Signal Officer where he deployed back to Iraq for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM III.
Following completion of Army’s Command and General Staff College in 2006, COL Bird was again assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as the Group Signal Officer for 7th Special Forces Group and as the J6 for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan for three deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2010, COL Bird moved across Fort Bragg to the XVIII Airborne Corps Headquarters serving as the G6 Operations Chief where he deployed to Haiti with the Corps’ Assault Command Post as part of Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE immediately after the massive earthquake that devastated their capital city of Port-Au- Prince.
In July 2011 COL Bird assumed command of the 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion with its headquarters and three companies at Helemano Military Reservation in Hawaii and one company at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Alaska. In July 2013 COL Bird moved to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida and deploy to Afghanistan for a year as the J6 for Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan. After returning to MacDill Air Force Base he served as the J6 for Special Operations Command – Central until July 2015 when he attended the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
COL Bird’s decorations include the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghan and Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, French and German Parachute Badges, and German Marksmanship Badge.