Scott A. Stearney
Stearney in May 2018
|Born||October 21, 1960|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||December 1, 2018 58) (aged|
Naval Support Activity Bahrain base, Bahrain
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1982–2018|
|Commands held||United States Fifth Fleet|
Scott Andrew Stearney (October 21, 1960 – December 1, 2018) was an American naval aviator and Vice Admiral of the United States Navy who served as Commander of the Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain. He died in office by an apparent suicide.
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Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain, is an island country in the Persian Gulf. The sovereign state comprises a small archipelago centered around Bahrain Island, situated between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, to which it is connected by the 30-kilometre (19 mi) King Fahd Causeway. Bahrain's population is 1,234,571, including 666,172 non-nationals. It is 765.3 square kilometres (295.5 sq mi) in size, making it the third-smallest nation in Asia after the Maldives and Singapore.
Stearney was a native of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics prior to commissioning in the U.S. Navy in October 1982. He subsequently entered flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1984. He graduated from Navy Fighter Weapons School and held a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.
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Stearney served in numerous strike fighter squadrons flying the FA-18 Hornet. His fleet assignments included the Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-87, the Knighthawks of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-136 and strike warfare officer for commander, Carrier Group 4 (CCG-4). He commanded the Wildcats of VFA-131 and Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). He served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as chief of staff of Joint Task Force 435 (JTF 435) and later Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 (CJIATF 435).
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Ashore, Stearney served as instructor and readiness officer at Navy Fighter Weapons School, aide-de-camp to the Chief of Naval Operations, deputy director J6 U.S. Joint Forces Command, executive assistant to deputy commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command and chief of staff, Strike Force Training Atlantic.
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Stearney served as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces from May 2018 until his death on December 1, 2018.His military decorations included the Defense Superior Service Medal with Gold Star, the Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, the Air Medal with numeral 3, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as other commendations and multiple service medals. He accumulated more than 4,500 mishap-free flight hours and over 1,000 carrier arrested landings.
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Stearney was found dead in his home in Bahrain on December 1, 2018, in an apparent suicide.Rear Admiral Paul J. Schlise, the deputy commander, assumed command of the Fifth Fleet in his stead. His death was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Ministry of the Interior of Bahrain. NCIS concluded his death was the result of suicide.
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