Capt Scott Patrick Pace
Born: June 3, 1979 in Portland, Oregon
Died: June 6, 2012 in Qarah Bagh, Afghanistan
Capt. Scott P. Pace, 33, of Brawley, Calif., died June 6, in Qarah Bagh, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their helicopter crashed. They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Captain Pace graduated fifth in his class at Brawley Union High School. He then graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2005 with a degree in nuclear engineering. Scottie was a decorated athlete in high school and college. Among his awards are, two Purple Hearts, an Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the Army Aviator Badge and the Combat Action Badge. Captain Pace was an Army Helicopter pilot, and was providing ground support in Afghanistan when the helicopter he was in was shot down. He had served two tours in Iraq before going to Afghanistan. He attended Brigham Young University for one year after high school and then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cordoba, Argentina. Following his mission, he again attended Brigham Young University for another year. He was then accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in July of 2001 as a member of the Class of 2005. At the Academy he was active in athletics earning varsity letters in basketball and sprint football. He also played on the West Point Team Handball team. In his junior year, his team won the Division II USA Team Handball National Championship and Scott was named most valuable player for the championship tournament. His senior year his team won the Air Force Invitational Tournament and took second place in the Collegiate Team Handball National Finals; Scott was named to both All-Tournament Teams. He majored in nuclear engineering and graduated from the Academy with his brother on May 28, 2005. Following graduation, Scott entered flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he earned his wings and flew the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter. He served his first assignment with the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. He served as an aviation platoon leader, battalion battle captain, brigade aviation planner, and battalion operations officer. He completed two deployments to Iraq back-to-back, spending some twenty months in country. Upon his return, he was stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he attended the Captain’s Career Course in military intelligence. He was then assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In December of 2010, he took command of Fox Troop. As an aviation troop commander, he deployed to Afghanistan in September of 2011. He served with distinction. He was due to complete his deployment this next September. Had he done so, then out of the immediately previous fifty-three months of Scott’s life, he would have spent about thirty-three of those months in the Middle East.
Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah
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