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Colonel Scott T. Ecton is the Staff Judge Advocate for Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.  As staff judge advocate, he is the principal legal adviser to the Commander, Air Combat Command (ACC), and headquarters staff on all legal issues involving military justice, combat operations, civil litigation, environmental law, claims, international law, and administrative law.  Colonel Ecton’s office establishes policy oversight and support for 7 NAFs/Centers, 35 Wings including 27 enduring and 8 expeditionary, and over 1,300 units in over 300 operating locations. Furthermore, ACC/JA provides professional guidance to more than 93,000 AD Military members and Civilian Personnel with over 147,000 total force personnel.

Col Ecton received his direct commission with the Navy in 1991 and served as a judge advocate until 1995.  Following a two-year stint in private practice, he entered active duty in the Air Force in 1997.  Col Ecton has served as an assistant staff judge advocate, deputy staff judge advocate, twice as a wing staff judge advocate, Staff Judge Advocate for Headquarters, Eighteenth Air Force, and Staff Judge Advocate for Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces.  He has also deployed twice as legal advisor to the Combined Air Operations Center to support contingency operations.


1986 Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.

1991 Juris Doctor, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.

1998 Squadron Officer School, correspondence

2003 Air Command and Staff College, correspondence

2004 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Distinguished Graduate, Air Command and Staff College, in residence

2007 Air War College, correspondence

2011 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, in residence




1. June 1997 – July 1999, Chief, Military Justice, 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Colo.

2. July 1999 – June 2001, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas

3. July 2001 – July 2003, Chief, International Law, Ninth Air Force-United States Air Forces Central Command, Shaw AFB, S.C.

4. August 2003 – June 2004, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

5. July 2004 – June 2006, Legal Advisor, 505th Command & Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

6. July 2006 – June 2008, Staff Judge Advocate, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan AB, Republic of Korea

7. June 2008 – January 2010, Staff Judge Advocate, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, Texas

8. February 2010 – July 2010, Staff Judge Advocate, 902d Mission Support Group, Randolph AFB, Texas

9. July 2010 – May 2011, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

10. June 2011 – July 2012, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.

11. August 2012 – June 2014, Staff Judge Advocate, Eighteenth Air Force, Scott AFB, Ill.




1. July 2014 – July 2016, Director, Inspections and Standardization, Headquarters Air Force, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Joint Base Andrews, Md., as a colonel

2. July 2016 – June 2018, Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, as a colonel

3. June 2018 – present, Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., as a colonel




Legion of Merit

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with eight oak leaf clusters

Navy Commendation Medal

Meritorious Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with six oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal


Captain May 23, 1993

Major Nov. 1, 2000

Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 2006

Colonel June 1, 2011


(Current as of June 2019)