Colonel Scott A. Gondek earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a double minor in history and military science from Eastern Michigan University in April of 1993. Upon graduation he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Gondek reported to The Basic School in January of 1994 and graduated in June of 1994. Upon completion of The Basic School, Lieutenant Gondek reported to Marine Air Control Squadron 7 in Yuma, AZ for on the job training before attending the Air Defense Control Officer’s Course in 29 Palms, California. Lieutenant Gondek graduated in May 1995 and returned to Marine Air Control Squadron 7. In addition to earning his Senior Air Director qualification he served as the squadron training officer, Tactical Air Operations Center Detachment Executive Officer, and S-3A. He was promoted to captain on 1 August 1997. Captain Gondek was selected to attend the academic year 1998-1999 Amphibious Warfare School, in Quantico, VA.
After graduating from Amphibious Warfare School in May of 1999, Captain Gondek reported to Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 18 in Okinawa Japan. Captain Gondek graduated the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in October 2000. In August 2001 Captain Gondek transferred to First Stinger Battery to serve as the Battery Executive Officer. In March of 2002 Captain Gondek transferred to Marine Air Control Squadron 4 to deploy with the squadron to Kandahar Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During the deployment Captain Gondek served as the Tactical Air Operations Center Detachment Commander. After returning from Afghanistan, Captain Gondek received orders to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.
In January 2003 Captain Gondek reported in the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) and was assigned to the Technology Division as a project officer. He was promoted to major on 1 May 2003. While serving at MCWL Major Gondek held billets as the Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Target Acquisition (RSTA), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, and Force Protection Branch Head, and Technology Division Deputy Director. Major Gondek was selected to attend the Marine Corps resident Command and Staff College. After graduation Major Gondek received orders back to Yuma and Marine Air Control Squadron 1.
While serving with MACS 1, Major Gondek deployed to Al Asad airbase, Iraq as the squadron forward Officer in Charge. Major Gondek returned from Iraq to serve as the squadron’s Executive Officer. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 1 February 2009. Lieutenant Colonel Gondek received orders to serve at Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation.
In July 2009 Lieutenant Colonel Gondek reported for duty with Aviation Expeditionary Enablers (APX) Headquarters Marine Corps to serve as the air defense advocate. In July 2010 Lieutenant Colonel Gondek executed orders to Marine Air Control Group 38 to serve as the Executive Officer. In June 2011 Lieutenant Colonel Gondek assumed command of Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 38. In February 2012, while in Squadron command, Lieutenant Colonel Gondek also served as Commanding Officer, Marine Air Control Group 38 (Fwd) Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Lieutenant Colonel Gondek returned from deployment in August 2012 and successfully completed his command tour in December 2012. Lieutenant Colonel Gondek received orders to the Eisenhower School for academic year 2013 – 2014.
Upon graduation from top level school, Lieutenant Colonel Gondek received orders to Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command. In December 2015, Lieutenant Colonel Gondek joined the staff of the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Information. Lieutenant Colonel Gondek led the effort to define and develop the foundational elements for how the Marine Corps thinks about and uses information in military operations. He was promoted to colonel on 1 May 2016. Colonel Gondek led a transition staff to accomplish a CMC directed task to stand up and new Deputy Commandant for Information.
Colonel Gondek’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/three gold stars, and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/gold star.