(USA, USMA 2003)
Major Scotty Smiley, a Ranger and combat-diver qualified infantryman, is the Army’s first active-duty, blind officer and its first blind company commander. On April 6, 2005, he lost the use of both eyes when a suicide car bomber blew himself up thirty meters in front of Scotty’s Stryker vehicle.
Since that day, Scotty Smiley has surfed in Hawaii, skied in Vail, skydived, climbed Mount Rainier, completed a triathlon, and graduated from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with his MBA. The Army Times named Major Smiley its “Soldier of the Year” in 2007, and in 2008 he won an ESPY as the Best Outdoor Athlete. Scotty, a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, recently taught the core course in leadership at West Point and commanded the Warrior Transition Unit at West Point’s Keller Army Medical Center. Major Smiley was recently named a recipient of the Army’s prestigious MacArthur Leadership Award and currently holds an honorary Ph.D. from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.
Captain Smiley is the author of a memoir about his experiences entitled: HOPE UNSEEN: The Story Behind the U.S. Army’s First Blind Active-Duty Officer, which he wrote with Doug Crandall. Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, published the book in September 2010. Endorsed by people such as Senator Bob Dole, Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and author Dave Ramsey, the book has made several appearances in the Top 100 on both Amazon.Com and BarnesandNoble.Com.
Scotty and his wife Tiffany are both from Pasco, Washington, where Scotty captained the Pasco High School Bulldogs to a Class 4A State Football Championship. Tiffany, who played college soccer at Whitworth, is a registered nurse. Scotty and Tiffany are the proud parents of Grady Douglas, Graham Elliott and Baylor Scott.