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Captain Scott E. Norr

Director, Defense Media Operations


Captain Scott E. Norr is the Director of Defense Media Operations for Defense Media Activity at Fort Meade, MD.

Captain Norr is a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho and enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Airman Recruit in 1983. Following Basic Recruit Training he attended Photographer’s Mate “A” school in Pensacola, Fla. and reported to Naval Air Maintenance Training Group Headquarters at NAS Memphis, Tenn. as a still photographer. In 1986, Norr reported to Pre-Commissioning Unit Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Newport News, Va.  Following the ships commissioning, he participated in Shock Trials, NATO Exercise Teamwork ’88 and deployed to the Mediterranean.

In 1989, Capt. Norr was selected to serve as a still photographer at the White House Communications Agency. While serving under the Bush administration, Norr supported three Group Seven Economic Summits, NATO Summits, and numerous national and international historical events. In 1991, Norr was selected “Sailor of the Year” for the White House and Defense Communications Agency, and in 1993 earned his Basic Parachutist qualification at the U.S. Army Airborne School.

Commissioned under the Limited Duty Officer program in May 1993, Capt. Norr reported on board the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as the ship’s Photographic Officer where he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and deployed to the Persian Gulf and the Taiwan Straits.  In 1996, Norr reported to NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he served as Officer in Charge, Fleet Imaging Center Pacific – Hawaii.  In 1999, Capt. Norr was selected as the Navy’s first Imaging Specialist at NASA/Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. During his tour, he managed NASA’s Photographic Laboratory directly supporting 15 Space Shuttle and five International Space Station (ISS) missions, served as a U.S. representative to the 16 nation ISS Imagery Working Group, and completed over 80 missions as aerial photographer onboard the NASA KC-135 “Zero-Gravity” aircraft. In 2002 Norr reported to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as Photographic Officer.  Norr completed two wartime deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, was awarded the “2003 Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award,” and was selected as the “2003 COMNAVAIRLANT Shiphandler of the Year.”

Capt. Norr reported in June 2005 to U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Future Operations - Global Force Management, as the Fleet Visual Information Officer.  In 2007, Norr volunteered as an individual augmentee and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, where he served as Chief of Visual Information for Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) and redesignated to become a Public Affairs Officer. Upon return, Captain Norr served as Navy Public Affairs Support Element (NPASE) Executive Officer until he assumed command in June 2009. Norr led his Echelon II expeditionary command in executing 76 missions while embarked on 127 ships in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, ODYSSEY DAWN, UNIFIED PROTECTOR, counter-piracy; and humanitarian assistance-disaster relief missions UNIFIED RESPONSE and TOMODACHI. 

In 2011, Capt. Norr reported as Officer in Charge, Expeditionary Combat Camera. In October 2012, Norr reported to the Defense Media Activity, Ft. Meade and assumed command of American Forces Network – Pacific.  In July 2014 Capt. Norr became the first Chief of Staff at the Navy Office of Information.

Capt. Norr has received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and other service and campaign awards. Norr is a 2005 graduate of the Defense Information School and Norr holds a Master of Aeronautical Science Degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.