The Department of Defense announced Tuesday the death of an Alabama soldiers who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Col. Stephen K. Scott, 54, of New Market, Alabama (Madison County) was assigned to the 356th Quartermaster Battalion based in Laurel, Mississippi.
Scott died April 6 in Baghdad, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire.
Friends say he was 100% Army, a friend to everyone,and one who always saw the positive.
Scott enlisted in the Army in 1973 in St. Louis.
Close friend Al Reed has known him that long.
Both came to the Rocket City in 1997, and Scott made New Market his new home.
Reed says, "He was pure Army and when he worked on Redstone as a civilian, it was in a logistics mode, or a budget mode, supporting, however he could support the soldier; it was his life."
A life that included prestigious honors.
Reed says, "He's probably got more medals than anybody I know."
The Bronze Star, Humanitarian Service medal, and Iraq Campaign medal to name a few.
Tours included Operation Iraqi Freedom. Scott helped establish Camp Victory.
Military assignments include Special Operations Command Pacific, and more recently work at the Pentagon.
Reed says, "Being on the Secretary of Defense's staff, he was able to influence all services... a lot of the things that help save soldiers' lives."
This time in Iraq, Scott was involved in helping Iraqis buy proper equipment.
"He was doing what he loved to do and that was supporting the Army and his mission."
On Sunday, Scott was running with a friend in Baghdad when both were killed in an explosion in the Green Zone.
Reed says this is a really tough loss for him.
"We were just exchanging emails and phone calls about coming back in June, July and doing some motorcycle riding and just messing around for a couple of months."
Reed says Scott's lifeblood was running and the Army.
A member of Huntsville's Track Club, Scott also counseled others, working in conjunction with Huntsville Hospital.
Even though his family was in St. Louis, "He also had a lot of friends, lot of involvement down here, he was always busy doing something for someone
Reed says in his 30 years with the Army, he got attached to a lot of different people.
But he adds, "Steve stands out as somebody who was 100% Army. He was a real tribute. He really was. If you're wanting support, the soldier like he was and do good things for soldiers, they don't get any better."
Funeral arrangements have not been finalized at this time.
Col. Stephen Scott is survived by two daughters and other family, and leaves behind many friends here in the Valley.
Recently, a write-up was published on Col. Scott and his dedication to his country.
To learn more about his service, you can visit: http://www.defenselink.mil/DODCMSShare/BloggerAssets/2008-02/02150810365320080215_ColScott_bio.pdf