Prior to his assignment to the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Morley has commanded troops at the platoon and detachment levels, and he has held various staff assignments. He has completed tours with 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment; 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne); and 4th Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Lieutenant Colonel Morley has deployed multiple times in support of both Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-Afghanistan, serving as an advisor and mentor to special mission units in both countries during combat operations.
For two years, he served as the Aide de Camp to the Deputy Commanding General at the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, focusing on special projects affecting force development and force design for U.S. Army Special Operations Forces. As a major and battalion executive officer, he helped build the U.S. Army’s newest Special Forces battalion during the unit’s activation and inaugural deployment to combat. Most recently, Lieutenant Colonel Morley was the United States Special Operations Liaison Officer to the countries of El Salvador (2014-2016) then Colombia (2016-2018). During those overseas duties, Scott was assigned to the United States Special Operations Command but worked under the authority of the United States Ambassador, as the senior representative for all U.S. Special Operations supporting joint, interagency, intragovernmental and multinational objectives. The remainder of Scott’s military awards, training and education are consistent with that of a career Special Forces officer and include a master’s degree from Columbia University (in the City of New York) in Social-Organizational Psychology. He is functionally fluent in Spanish.
Lieutenant Colonel Morley is married to the former Tara Lyons, and they have two young children. Together, the couple administers a not-for-profit triathlon team that raises money and awareness for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides full educational grants to the surviving children of Special Operations members killed in combat or training.