Lieutenant Colonel Scott Wild is a 1984 Distinguished Military Graduate of The Citadel with a degree in Education (History). He earned a Regular U.S. Army commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Branch of Aviation. He later became a Distinguished Graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Masters Degree in Physical Education in 2004.
Lieutenant Colonel Wild served four overseas tours of duty in imminent danger areas and combat zones during his time of service. He initially served as a platoon leader in the 1st Squadron (Air), 17th U.S. Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division and later as a Captain, he commanded Troop B (Aerial Reconnaissance), 9th U.S. Cavalry, 7th Infantry Division. LTC Wild served as a Staff Group Leader/Instructor at the Aviation Officer Advanced Course at Ft. Rucker, AL before leaving active duty service after 10 years. He continued serving in the U.S. Army Reserve for another 11 years as an Apache helicopter pilot, Battalion Staff Officer, and Staff Group Leader/Instructor for the Command and General Staff College. After September 11, Lieutenant Colonel Wild voluntarily returned to active duty and the Regular Army, deploying immediately to Afghanistan as the Chief of Aviation Operations, 82nd Airborne Division, Regional Command East. He later served on the last Combat Advisor Team in Iraq with the 1st Brigade, 1st U.S. Cavalry Division in 2011. After completing 10 more years of active duty, Lt. Colonel Wild concluded his 31 years of Army service. He has served as a Senior JROTC Instructor since retiring from active duty in 2016.
Lt. Colonel Wild’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (twice awarded) and the Meritorious Service Medal (5 times awarded). His authorized badges include the Airborne Wings, Ranger Tab, Parachute Rigger Badge, Aviator Wings.
Lt. Colonel Wild has three children. His oldest son is a U.S. Army Captain (Afghanistan veteran) now serving with Special Operations in South Korea. His daughter is a U.S Army Captain serving as an Operating Room Nurse in Hawaii. His youngest son is a 2019 graduate of ETSU with a degree in Digital Media and a minor in Computer Science.
Master Sergeant Jeremiah Ross (Ret.) is a 1994 graduate of Daniel Boone High School. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Liberty University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville.
MSG Ross served for over 24 years as an Infantryman in the United States Army and has been stationed at Ft Polk, Ft Bragg. Ft Wainwright, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Ft Knox and Ft Benning. Throughout his career He has served as a mortarman and rifleman as well as a Weapons Company First Sergeant. His broadening assignment included duties as a drill sergeant, infantry professional development NCO as well serving as the Senior Military Instructor at Carson Newman University.
MSG Ross’ military education includes PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, Air Assault Course, Basic and Advanced Airborne Courses, Pathfinder School, Combatives level 3, Emergency Medical Technician Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Master Resilience Course, Infantry Mortar Leaders Course and the Drill Sergeant Course. Some of his awards include two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals, and the Order of Saint Maurice. He has served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti.
MSG Ross is married to Jennifer and they have four children; Noah, Miah, Samuel and Benjamin.