Mark Edward Scott, 46, of Centreville, Va., passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Residential Care, Alzheimer's Unit in Richmond, Va. Mark was born May 6, 1966 in Clinton, Mo., to Davis Scott and Joan Smith Uta. He was raised on a farm northwest of Lowry City, Mo., and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1984. Following high school, Mark enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1985. After graduating cum laude from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo., in 1991, Staff Sergeant Scott was assigned to Officer Training School at Lakeland Air Force Base, Texas, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant with subsequent assignments in the state of Wash., Colo., Tenn., Md. and Washington, D.C. In addition to his bachelor's degree, Mark earned a master's degree from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, and another master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, Newport, R.I. He was the author of a Civil War book titled, "The Fifth Season: General 'Jo' Shelby and the Great Raid of 1863." He taught at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. and served his final years at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. where he retired as a Lt. Colonel in 2010. Throughout his time in the Air Force, Mark served in the following deployments including Operations Deny Flight, Southern Watch, Vigilant Warrior, Provide Comfort and Desert Storm. After graduating from the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College, Scott went on to lead an air refueling capabilities branch in the Pentagon and became an Air National Guard advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His awards include three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, five awards of the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal. Mark loved his family and enjoyed being with them as often as he was able. He was known by his kind gentle spirit, his love of history and America, and his commitment of Christ. Scott is survived by his wife, Kimberly and their daughter, Katherine of their home; his parents, Joan Uta, Belton, Mo., and David (Thea) Scott, Jefferson City, Mo.; sisters, Miriam Scott and Victoria Scott Vaught, both of Belton, Mo.; brother, Matthew Scott (Mayumi), Plano, Texas; as well as two nieces and four nephews. Funeral services were held on December 18, 2012, at the McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, Va. Burial will be at a later date to be announced in Arlington National Cemetery.