Lt. Col. Scott Rutter is a distinguished military graduate in 1983 of Campbell University, where he received a BA in history. After his commission as a second lieutenant in the army, he served as a platoon leader in the 101st Airborne Division and graduated from the Infantry Officers Advanced Course. He served as a rifle company commander during the 1991 Gulf War, earning a Bronze Star for valor. In 1993, he was selected to serve as an instructor for the infantry officer's advance course, where he rose to become chief of tactics. He was appointed commander of the 2-7 Infantry in October 2000. He spoke to the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia on November 20, 2003.