Scott Alan Gunderson was born to a hardworking, rural Wisconsin family in 1969. Lacking a family with the money to put him through college, Scott enlisted in the Navy in 1987 for experience and in order to receive an education. In 1989 Scott received a nomination to the United States Naval Academy from the Secretary of the Navy.
Following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, Scott Gunderson was personally commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy by President Bill Clinton.
After completing Naval Flight School in 1996 as a pilot, Scott served numerous deployments over the next twenty years as a Naval Officer. Some of his notable awards include: The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for operations in the first Gulf War, a NATO medal for operations related to Kosovo campaign, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal twice for ship and land-based operations in the second Gulf War and the Iraqi Campaign Medal with Fleet Marine Force Combat Operation insignia for a ground Iraq tour with the Marine Corps.
Scott served in the Iraq war between 2007 and 2008, during which he worked with the Infrastructure Office in order to provide security and maintenance for all rail lines, power lines, pipelines, roads, bridges and power generation facilities for all of Anbar Province, Iraq.
Scott Alan Gunderson has served his country the majority of his adult life in the military. He successfully integrated into the private business sector after retirement from the military in 2014 and was immediately hired by Parker Hannifin as an Aerospace/Defense Market Manager. He has been tagged early on for advancement in the company (approximately 49,000 employees) and has attended senior executive training at a very early stage in his career. His success in both the military as a sailor and as a businessman in the private sector is experience he believes he can use in Congress.