SSgt Scott Sather

SSgt Scott Sather

Died April 8, 2003
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Assigned to 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

Staff Sergeant Scott Sather was killed by gunfire on April 8, 2003 in Southern Baghdad, becoming the first Airmen to die in combat in the War on Terror.

Scott graduated from Clio High School in 1991, where he played football and baseball. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1992 and immediately began training to become a Combat Air Controller. Currently, the Combat Controller units consist of 300 elite airmen assigned to work on the ground near or ahead of front-line combat troops and to guide attack planes to nearby targets.

Scott was very passionate about his time in the military. During his decade long military career, he earned several medals, including the Bronze Star and four Air Force Combat medals for his commitment to his team, service and getting the job done.

“He’d basically go out and take care of matters,” said Staff Sgt Michael Bain. “Even if he wasn’t asked to do it, he would just go out and do it anyway, just to make sure things got done.”

In July 2002 he married his wife, Melanie Sather, in a ceremony in Jamaica, and often talked about plans to build their future together when he returned home.

“Scott was a family man with a wonderful soul. He was a great friend and was always there if anyone needed him,” Melanie Sather, his wife, said. “He was always friendly and listened to everyone.”

Scott is remembered for his caring nature and strong heart. He leaves behind his wife, Melanie, mother and step-father, Karin and Lucky Craft, father and step-mother, Rod and Laurie Sather, along with his siblings, Derek, Jason Sather, Jason Craft, Becky and Lisa along with many other friends an family.

“He was well-loved in the community,” said his uncle, state Rep. John Gleason. “He was very outgoing… he was just a great person.”

SSgt Scott Sather was 29 years old from Clio, Michigan.

The original portrait was presented November 8th, 2019 to his mother, Karin Craft, wife, Melanie Sather and family in Pensacola, FL during a special memorial event held by the Combat Control Association.

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