Born on a small farm in rural South Carolina, Scott’s experiences instilled a deep-rooted set of family and church values, an appreciation for our land resources and management, and a strong work ethic. In his early teens, his family transitioned from milk production to row crop farming leaving him and his brother the daily management and operation of the farm while his parents found jobs outside the farm to pay the bills. “I am proud to say, during those days our family pulled together, each one of us doing what we could, and held our family farm together. Today we still own all of our original property and are dept free.”
Leaving the farm, Scott entered the Citadel where he realized his dedication to his country and to the protection of freedom. On graduation it was only natural for him to join the South Carolina Air National Guard. Hometown values, local involvement, helping South Carolinians and protecting our Freedom are all corner stones of what our National Guard represents.
During his career in the National Guard he served as the Chief of Training, Chief Flight Examiner, Chief Wing Safety, and Senior Aircraft Flight Test Pilot. As a combat veteran, he flew missions in Desert Storm, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in aerial combat over Iraq. He has combat ribbons include Southwest Asia, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary (Deployed to Southwest) and Service (Local Leadership) Medals and the AF Expeditionary Service Ribbon.
After 2003 Colonel(R) Cain volunteered to served as the Vice Commander 380th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Dhafra AB, UAE. During his assignment the 380th AEW was the second largest Air Wing in South West Asia with over 2500 combat personnel providing Intelligence / Surveillance / Reconnaissance support, and Air to Air Refueling to our coalition fighters supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
While serving on national and local committees, Scott has never been satisfied with the status quo. “I have always lived by working hard pushing for improvement. When I hear issues, more than likely I also hear why it would be great, but why it hasn’t been done. I have heard all of the 50 reasons why not, a good leader is the person who can find the one way to make it happen and have the ability to see it through.”
That type of leadership was the reason that, in 2003, the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force asked Col Cain to travel to the Middle East to head up the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Engagement Initiative in the region. “At the time, it was little more than a vision to help our Middle East allies to work more closely together for their own Strategic Security and Development. The US had tried several times before with no success so all I heard was how it was not going to work. In today’s world though, no is not an option. ” When he turned over command in Feb 2007, he had established a regional learning center that had brought together 5 of the 8 original Middle East Countries in a cooperative alliance never before seen in the region.
Scott has a BS in Business Administration from The Citadel. Scott joined the South Carolina Air National Guard where he retired with 34 years of service. During his career he graduated from Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. He was an instructor pilot for the A-7D and the F-16s at McEntire Air Base. As a leader he was A Flight Commander during Desert Storm, 169th Operations Support Squadron Commander, Air Guard Advisor to the Commander 9AF, the Director of Staff Air Force Central Command Air Forces, Vice Commander 380 Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra AB, UAE, and US Commander Air Warfare Center, Al Dhafra, UAE. As 380AEW/VC he over saw more than 2,500 Airman performing day and night combat operations, providing in excess of 5,000 KC-10 and KC 135 combat sorties over Afghanistan, Iraq, Horn of Africa and Combined Joint Tasks forces in the region plus 540 U2 and Unmanned aerial vehicle sorties. As US Commander Air Warfare Center Scott brought together five Middle Eastern countries along with US, British and French unites for seven regional training classes.