Mr. Okerlund retired after 20 years of honorable service with the United States Army. During those 20 years, Scott was a member of the Pistol Team that won four consecutive Commander’s Challenge Cups in Panama (two years of which he was the team coach and competitor) and was selected four consecutive years to compete at the All-Army Small Arms Championships at Ft Benning, Ga. He was selected to coach the United States Army South’s (USARSO) pistol team and was chosen to represent the US Army in Guatemala for International/Inter-service competition.
Scott led several Special Reaction Teams during his career as a Military Policeman and has held every position on the team except rear security. He was on a SRT in one capacity or the other for 12 years, 11 of which serving in a leadership position (Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge). He has trained with Navy Seals, Army Special Forces, Air Force Emergency Services Teams, and USMC Force Recon, as well as with several civilian Police Agencies. Mr. Okerlund has developed many inter-service and inter-agency training programs. Scott developed and conducted the first ever SRT/SWAT and Law Enforcement Competition at White Sands Missile Range which had eleven teams and over 120 officers compete in it over a two and half day period. He developed and conducted a SRT Course at White Sands, training both civilian and military personnel; in addition he was instrumental in the implementation of an Officer Survival Course at White Sands training DoD Guards and Military Policemen, in which he was also an instructor.
He was also an assistant instructor for the Officer Survival Course offered through Central Texas College in Taegu, Korea. Scott was selected to set up and run the Range Patrol Section and later the Special Operations Section on White Sands Missile Range, responsible for the boundary security, patrolling, and special threat situations on 4,000 square miles of a multi-national test facility, and special hunts. Mr. Okerlund was selected to serve as the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of the Victorio Peak Gold Expedition, which was a nationally recognized and politically sensitive expedition. He controlled all access to the site for Ova Noss Family Foundation members as well as visiting VIPs and press. He was further responsible for security of the site during operations as well as during non-evacuation hours. Additionally, he briefed the Installation Command Group weekly on all activities concerning Victorio peak.
Mr. Okerlund has conducted numerous Threat Assessments and Vulnerability Assessments based on known and perceived threats, preparing plans of action in the event of an attack, as well as briefing both the Provost Marshal and his staff and command groups, advising them on plans of action, potential attacks and other Force Protection issues.
Scott is currently a Senior Instructor at the US Army Military Police School. He has performed duties as an instructor for the Special Tactics Training Division, instructing in the Special Reaction Team Course, SRT Marksman/Observer Course, Counter Drug SRT Course, Counter Drug M/O Course, and Field Tactical Police Operations Course. Currently, he is a Team Leader and Senior Instructor for the US Army MP School, Force Protection Training Division, Antiterrorism Branch where he teaches classes in Domestic and International Terrorism, Terrorist Tactics and Operations, Criticality Assessments, Vulnerability Assessments, Risk Assessment, Risk Analysis, Threat Analysis, and Physical Security.