Captain Scott Switzer (sweit-zer) is a native of Klamath Falls, Oregon and a 1992 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
Following graduation, he completed Naval Nuclear Propulsion training in Orlando, Florida and qualified as a Propulsion Plant Watch Officer at Nuclear Training Prototype, Ballston Spa, New York.
Captain Switzer's initial sea tour took place aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) where he served as Reactor Laboratory Division Officer and then Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant, earning his certification as a Nuclear Engineer.
Subsequent sea tours include Weapons and Combat Systems Officer in USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62), Reactor Training Assistant in USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), Commanding Officer of MCM Crew CONFLICT, commanding, at various times, USS SENTRY (MCM 3), USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11), and USS CHIEF (MCM 14) and Commanding Officer of USS HOWARD (DDG 83). Following command of HOWARD, he served as Reactor Officer on USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) and then as Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 26 and Sea Combat Commander for the Eisenhower Strike Group.
Captain Switzer has served ashore as Training Officer on the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Mobile Training Team at Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, he served as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander of United States Strategic Command, and at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (N96) as branch head for Cruiser and Destroyer Modernization programs.
Prior to assuming command of NSA Bethesda, he served as Deputy Commandant for Professional Development at the United States Naval Academy.