CW2 Scott W. Dyer, 38, an assistant detachment commander, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group here, died Oct. 11, in southern Afghanistan from injuries sustained in support of combat operations as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
A native of Titusville, Florida, Dyer enlisted in the Army November 11, 1987, as a cavalry scout. After completing basic and advanced individual training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. In 1993, Dyer volunteered for Special Forces training and upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course he was assigned to 3rd SFG as a Special Forces engineer. He served with the 3rd SFG until January 2002 when he was assigned to the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, here, as a civil affairs engineer.
In 2003, Dyer volunteered to attend Warrant Officer's Candidate School and graduated in June of that year. He was reassigned to the 3rd SFG in February 2004 as an assistant detachment commander.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab and the Special Forces Tab. His posthumous awards include the Bronze Star Medal for valor, and the Purple Heart.
Dyer is survived by his wife Jodi, son Casey, daughter Sidney, mother Sandra Miller and step-father Steve Miller of Tequesta, Florida, father Carl Dyer of Alexandria, Virginia, and sisters Tawnia Peterson of Orlando, Florida, and Dawn Hill of Rockledge, Florida.
Scott was on his third tour of Afghanistan when he was killed. An Army Ranger, a member of the Special Forces and one of the elite who did high-altitude sky-diving, Dyer was a 19-year military veteran. "He has a wonderful legacy," said Miller.
"He was an honor graduate of the Ranger class of July 1992, graduated from Special Forces in 1993 and was an honor graduate of the Warrant Officer class three years ago," Miller said. "I'm hearing stories of this fantastic person. We had so many people telling us what we call the 'Scott stories,' and last night we were outside by the lake with a case of beer telling Scott stories until 2 in the morning."