Lieutenant Colonel Scott Trent is a native of West Hartford, CT. He graduated from Miami University (Ohio) and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1996 through the NROTC commissioning program. Upon completion of the Basic School in March 1997, Second Lieutenant Trent reported to flight training at NAS Pensacola. He was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1999.
After receiving his wings, First Lieutenant Trent reported to HMT-302 at MCAS New River for initial training in the CH-53E. In January 2000, Lieutenant Trent reported to HMH-466 at MCAS Miramar where he completed two deployments to Okinawa, Japan. While on deployment in Okinawa, Captain Trent attached to HMM-262 (REIN) in support of the 31st MEU, serving as the CH-53E Quality Assurance Officer. Captain Trent completed two subsequent deployments in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. During his nearly seven years with the Wolfpack, Captain Trent held the billets of Adjutant, Legal Officer, Flight Equipment Officer, Airframes Officer, Flightline Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, Pilot Training Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and Assistant Operations Officer. He graduated from Legal School, Aviation Safety School, and the MAWTS-1 Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course during this period.
In September 2006, Captain Trent departed HMH-466 and reported to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), Marine Corp Air Facility Quantico, VA. He was promoted to the rank of Major in December 2006. During this four year tour he flew the President and Vice President of the United States as well as several US Government VIPs and foreign heads of state. He held billets of CH-53E Airframes Officer, schedule writer, and White House Liaison Officer. During this period, he was designated an Aircraft Commander in the VH-3D and VH-60N. He served at HMX-1 until June 2010 when he was reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16.
In July 2010, Major Trent was assigned as the Operations Officer of HMH-462. In May of 2011, Major Trent detached four aircraft and 52 Marines from HMH-462 to join HMM-268 (REIN) at MCAS Camp Pendleton in support of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). At HMM-268 (REIN), Major Trent served as the CH-53E Detachment OIC and Aviation Maintenance Officer. He deployed to the 5th Fleet Operational Area on the USS Makin Island and the USS New Orleans. He returned to HMH-462 in June of 2012 to assume the role of Executive Officer. From January to July of 2013, Major Trent served as the Assistant Operations Officer of MAG-16.
In August of 2013, Major Trent reported to the Chief of Naval Operations Staff, Air Warfare Division (N98) at the Pentagon. Major Trent was the Resource Sponsor for the CH-53E and CH-53K programs, monitoring the execution of a $6Bil portfolio across the Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP). While serving in N98, Lieutenant Colonel Trent was promoted to his current rank.
Lieutenant Colonel Trent was transferred to Marine Aircraft Group 29 at MCAS New River in November, 2014. He served as the CH-53E Current Readiness Action Officer from November 2014 until he assumed command of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 on 1 May 2015. Under his command, 461 executed the first every CH-53E detachment in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Southern Command at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. HMH-461 supported Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 3-16 and 4-16 in 29 Palms, CA. “The Ironhorse” was the only CH-53E squadron in the Marine Corps to complete the FY16 flight hour goal.
Lieutenant Colonel Trent is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School and Command and Staff College Non-resident Courses. He has over 3,500 mishap free flight hours and holds every flight leadership designation in the CH-53E. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Air Medal Strike/Flight with numeral 7, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three Gold Stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Lieutenant Colonel Trent is authorized to wear the Presidential Service Badge.