Capt. Scott Kraft, a native Californian, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993, earning a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering. After initial training, he reported to USS Avenger (MCM 1), where he qualified as a Special Operations Officer. Subsequently, he trained at the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School and graduated in 1996. He is a 2002 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned a Master of Science in defense analysis, and is a 2011 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he earned a Master of Science in national resource strategy.
Kraft’s previous tours include EOD Mobile Unit 5 in Guam, where he served as Detachment Officer in Charge as well as Assistant Operations Officer, traveling throughout the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of both routine and emergent operations. In 1999, he assumed duties as Officer in Charge of EOD Mobile Unit 2 Detachment Dahlgren, Virginia. There, in support of Naval District Washington, he supervised emergency responses and provided essential support to the installation’s research and development, testing and evaluation mission.
In 2003, he reported to Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8 as the Staff EOD and Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Officer. While deployed on USS George Washington (CVN 73), he supported both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and served as Flag Aide to the Strike Group Commander. In 2005, Kraft was assigned as Executive Officer of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, where he was instrumental in the force transformation of the Navy Diving community. In 2007, he deployed to Baghdad as the Officer in Charge of the Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell. There, he led a joint, combined, interagency team that conducted forensics on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and generated weapons technical intelligence to counter enemy IED networks.
Kraft was then assigned to Joint Special Operations Command where he served as an Operations Planner and as the Exercise Directorate Deputy Director. During this assignment, he made multiple deployments in direct support of a joint special operations task force. He returned to Guam to command EOD Mobile Unit 5, which safely and successfully conducted over 60 Phase 0 ("Shaping") operations in 22 different countries across U.S. Pacific Command. These operations supported our maritime and national strategies, assuring regional stability, security and prosperity. He then served as Deputy Expeditionary Combat Branch Head (OPNAV N957), responsible for the planning, programming and budgeting for the Navy's Expeditionary Combat Force, and resourcing necessary and advantageous warfighting capabilities. He served as Supervisor of Diving at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), where he provided service for diving equipment, policies, and procedures from basic research through prototype development, acquisition, publication and life-cycle management.
Kraft assumed command of Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) on Dec. 15, 2016. A field activity of NAVSEA and part of the Navy's Science and Engineering Establishment, NSWC IHEODTD is a leader in ordnance, energetics, and EOD solutions. Headquartered in Southern Maryland, the command includes active duty service members and civilian scientists, engineers and support personnel across the United States. The NSWC IHD team focuses on energetics and ordnance research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.
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