Captain Scott Dillon is the program manager for the Maritime Patrol & Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) program office (PMA-290) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. He is responsible for total life-cycle management of the P-8A Poseidon, P-3C Orion, EP-3E Aries, and International Programs to multiple foreign countries.
He was commissioned from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991 and subsequently earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1992.
In 1994 he was designated a Naval Flight Officer and reported to VP-1 in Barbers Point, Hawaii. During this tour he completed two WESTPAC deployments as a P-3 Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander, and also a squadron homeport change to Whidbey Island, Washington.
Dillon was accepted to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School/Naval Postgraduate School Cooperative Program and reported to Naval Postgraduate School in 1997. He completed the aeronautical engineering syllabus at Naval Postgraduate School and then completed Naval Test Pilot School as a distinguished graduate of Class 117.
After graduation, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero (VX-20) where he led developmental testing for the P-3 Block Modification Upgrade Program. During this tour, he was selected as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) and subsequently served first as a Class Desk and then as an Integrated Product Team Lead for various P-3 upgrade programs at PMA-290. During this period, he also served as an Individual Augmentee in Djibouti, Africa, where he was the deputy future operations officer for the Combined Joint Task Force, coordinating security assistance missions in West Africa.
In May 2006, he reported to Program Executive Officer, Air ASW, Assault & Special Mission Programs (PEO (A)) as the acquisition officer for Marine Corps programs including Presidential Helicopter, H-1 Upgrades, V-22, CH-53K, and AV-8B.
In May 2008, he reported to the Multi-Mission Helicopter program office (PMA-299) as the Integrated Product Team lead for the MH-60R program. During this tour, he led the program through stand-up and operational deployment of the Navy’s first MH-60R helicopter squadron.
At the completion of this tour, he served as the AEDO Detailer at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn., until his assignment as the deputy program manager for the P-8A Poseidon program in June 2011, and then as PMA-290 beginning in May 2012.
Dillon’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and Navy Achievement Medal.