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Scott F. O'Grady was born in Brooklyn, New York. He moved with his family to Long
Beach, California, then to Ridgewood, New Jersey, and finally to Spokane, Washington.
He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School and attended the University of Washington
for one year before transferring to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott,
Arizona. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Aeronautical) and was commissioned
through the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program.
Following college, Mr. O'Grady attended the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training
Program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, from November 1989 to December 1990.
He was then assigned to F-16 pilot training at Luke Air Force Base until December
1991 when he began his first operational assignment flying the F-16 at the 80th
Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Korea. In 1993, he was reassigned to the 526th
Fighter Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany, until assuming a position in 1994 with
the 555th Fighter Squadron in Aviano, Italy. In 1995, he was assigned as an F-16
pilot with the 466th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. In 1998, he
was assigned to a joint survival agency at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane,
Washington. After 12 years of military service he entered inactive reserve status
in February 2001. Shortly after, he enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary and
graduated with a Masters Degree in the spring of 2007. He also was awarded an
Honorary Doctorate in public service by the University of Portland in Oregon.
Captain O'Grady has accumulated more than 1,300 military flying hours including
over 1,000 in the F-16.
Captain O’Grady was helping enforce the NATO no-fly zone policy in the
skies over Bosnia when a Soviet-made anti aircraft missile slammed into his
F-16. He tells his incredible story of how he survived in hostile territory
for six days before being rescued by the U.S. Marines in his book, Return
With Honor, which spent six weeks on The New York Times bestseller
list. He has also published Basher Five-Two, a children’s edition
of his original story. His courageous story has also been documented on the
Discovery Channel presentation, Behind Enemy Lines. In addition, he
has been featured on CNN’s Voices of the Millennium, and Then
and Now, series that focus on the most influential personalities of the
past 25 years.
BOOKS Search For A Book
- Return With Honor
- Basher Five-Two (Children's Edition)
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