Vanderbilt NROTC

Commanding Officer Bio

Captain James Hopkins

Captain Scott Kraverath

United States Navy


Captain Scott C. Kraverath is a native of Long Island, New York and grew up in Hudson, Ohio. He graduated Miami University (Ohio) with a degree in Political Science and was commissioned via the NROTC program in May 1989. Following initial flight training he was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in Sacramento, California.

After an initial squadron assignment with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California prior to a return to VQ-3.

In the spring of 1996, Captain Kraverath was selected as the Navy Intern to the Deputy Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.  He served as the military liaison between the Office of the Secretary and Congress and then subsequently chosen as the first junior officer military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, William Cohen. 

Captain Kraverath next reported to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force/Commander Anti-Submarine Force (CTF-12), U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he served as Aide and Flag Lieutenant prior to returning to VQ-3 as the Safety/NATOPS and Operations Department Head.

Captain Kraverath then reported to the Naval Personnel Command where he served as the VQ Community Detailer and VQ/VT (Maritime) Placement Officer. He next transferred to the College of Naval Warfare in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a second Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies prior to reporting to the “Shadows” of VQ-4 as Executive then Commanding Officer. During his Command Tour, Captain Kraverath led his squadron on the first ever wartime forward deployment of the E-6 airframe, providing combat support missions and critical command, control and communication in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Following squadron command, Captain Kraverath reported to the HQ, NORAD and USNORTHCOM where he served as Chief, Inspections Branch, Inspector General and Deputy IG for NORAD and USNORTHCOM.  In May 2011, Captain Kraverath reported as the Commanding Officer of Naval Station Rota and Commander, Naval Activities Spain.  During his tenure, he served as the Commanding Officer and area coordinator for all U.S. Naval Activities ashore in Spain and Portugal. His team’s efforts paved the way for the Navy to forward deploy four US Destroyers to Naval Station Rota which, in turn, will provide a vital role in enhancing the security of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and will provide rapid support to the U.S. Africa and U.S. Central Commands.

Captain Kraverath assumed command of NROTC Vanderbilt University in June 2013.