Scott Lilley joined the Air Force in October 1999 after two years of college at Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell, NM, and New Mexico State University.
Lilley joined the Air Force because college wasn’t for him at the time. His uncle’s best friend just happened to be an Air Force recruiter. His first duty assignment was at Holloman AFB, N.M., followed by a tour at Spangdahlem AB, Germany. After Germany, he went to Minot AFB, N.D.
While at Minot AFB he deployed to Afghanistan for six months to serve at a detainee facility. Lilley later deployed to Iraq for a year to work on a police transition team. Nearly five months into his tour in Iraq, Lilley was injured on April 15, 2007. He was riding in the turret of a Humvee when a roadside bomb went off to the left of the vehicle. As a result of the blast, Lilley suffered major head trauma. A piece of shrapnel the size of a BB is still embedded into the right side of his brain. His next real memory he has after the incident was waking up at the National Naval Medical Center following cranioplasty surgery four months later.
Lilley returned to active duty after his recovery from his wounds. He worked at Lackland AFB as an instructor, until his medical retirement on December 23, 10.
Lilley has one daughter, MiKaylie, who is the light of his life.