Charles Wesley Scott was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 16, 1932. In 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantry recruit. During his career, Colonel Scott became a top authority on the Middle East and a military intelligence expert. He served in both command and staff assignments in the U.S., Europe, Vietnam and in the Mideast.
On November 4, 1979, Col. Scott was serving as Chief of the Defense Liaison Office at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, when he and 51 other Americans were taken hostage and held for 444 days. Shortly after his release, Scott retired with the rank of full colonel in 1981, after more than 31 years of military service.
Colonel Scott‘s military honors include: Distinguished Service Medal (The U.S. Army’s highest award for distinguished service), Silver Star (heroism), Bronze Star (with “V” device for valor), The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Combat Infantry Badge, Senior Parachutists Badge, Vietnamese Honor Medal, and Gallantry Cross (Vietnam).
His many civilian and civic awards include: Southeast Father of the Year (1981), Distinguished Public Relations Award, Honor Medal (Daughters of the American Revolution), Georgian of the Year (1982), Audie Murphy Patriotism Award (1983), and Nonfiction Author of the Year (Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists, 1984).
Chuck Scott holds a B.A. degree in political science and economics (summa cum laude) from Benedictine College. He is also a graduate of The Industrial College of the Armed Forces, The National Defense University, The Defense Language Institute (three languages), The Defense Intelligence School, The Command and General Staff College, The Special Warfare School, and The Operations Research and Systems Analysis School.
Since his retirement, Colonel Scott has been an active author and public speaker. He is also a consultant to a number of international business firms on Middle Eastern matters.