Operational Stress Control doctrine takes a new approach from the old “Go/No Go” paradigm and recognizes a continuum of stress responses ranging from optimal wellness to diagnosable illness. Actions to build strength and prepare for challenges, to lessen the negative impact of stress, and to intervene early and support healing can prevent most stress illnesses and conserve our Sailors and mission readiness. Building the knowledge, skills systems, and culture for these actions is the heart of Operational Stress Control. Sailors, leaders, and families, with the support of care givers and clearly outlined actions, will take a greater role in fostering and maintaining psychological health. The goal of Navy OSC is to provide an organizational framework whereby Sailors and their families can thrive in the midst of stressful situations.
Captain Kurt V. Scott was commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Merit in Oceanography.
Division Officer tour was aboard USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN-680) in various Engineering and Weapons department’s Division Officer assignments from 1986 to 1987. He qualified in Submarines and deployed to Western Pacific for multiple missions, participated in RIMPAC and international exercises.
Follow-on Department Head assignment was aboard USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN-680) as the Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer from 1988 to 1989. Deployed to Northern Pacific for multiple missions before entering Bremerton Naval Shipyard for refueling overhaul. He left Active Duty to earn an MBA at the University of Chicago and joined the Naval Reserves in 1989.
As a Reservist he served Department Head and Executive Officer tours with multiple Submarine Squadron and Afloat augment units, then served as OIC and Commanding Officer with multiple Submarine Afloat units, before transitioning to Joint Service support with Combined Naval Coastal Warfare and CINCLANTFLT JTF Augment units. Supported multiple joint operations and exercises, including Hurricane FLOYD Relief Operations, EX ARDENT SHIELD, JTFEX and NORAD exercises. Qualified and served as Submarine Squadron Duty Officer in both SUBPAC and SUBLANT squadrons, Watch Captain in the NAVY OPERATIONS CENTER (Pentagon) and Battle Watch Captain for USSOUTHCOM JOIC.
Since 9-11, CAPT Scott has served near continuously on Active Duty with major command staffs; including Director of Operations for Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) with CINCLANTFLT/N3 with OP NOBLE EAGLE mobilization; CAT (Crisis Action Team) Cell Chief at USSOUTHCOM/J5 for OP SECURE TOMORROW (Haiti); Program Deputy for AT/FP with OPNAV/N3 at the Pentagon; Deputy Operations Planner for Standing Forces Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ)/J5 at USJFCOM with OP ENDURING FREEDOM; Civil Military Operations (CMO) Director for CJTF-HOA/J3 in USCENTCOM; and recently as Director N33/Current Operations with U.S. Fleet Forces Command supporting JOINT STAFF, OPNAV, USNORTHCOM and USSTRATCOM. He led USFF operational support to OP UNIFIED RESPONSE (Haiti Earthquake), OP PODIUM (Maritime Security for Vancouver Olympics), NATO EW Trials (Halifax, CAN) and various DSCA support. He currently serves as OPNAV/N135H in Millington, TN, leading the CNO’s Operational Stress Control and Suicide Prevention programs.
CAPT Scott is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business (MBA), Air Command and Staff College (JPME) in Montgomery, Alabama, and various courses at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. Personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign, and service awards.