The Sterling Promise Foundation exists to honor the life of Staff Sergeant Scott Sterling, who passed away in April 2021 after a heroic battle with colorectal cancer. Scott served in the 75th Ranger Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment–Delta.
Scott was relentless about his service. After completing basic training, Infantry AIT, Airborne School and the Ranger Indoctrination Program, Scott was assigned to 1st Ranger Battalion. Soon after his arrival, Scott attended Ranger School and earned the coveted Ranger Tab enabling him to become a team leader. He went on to successfully complete both the Military Free Fall Course and the highly demanding Combat Diver Qualification Course. Scott was later selected for assignment as a Reconnaissance Specialist in the 75th Ranger Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment (RRD). Scott excelled, and became a HALO Jumpmaster and Combat Dive Supervisor (Honor Graduate) while serving in a W9 billet (HALO/SCUBA) in RRD. He went on to successfully complete Delta Force Selection and attended the year long Operator Training Course (OTC) before being assigned to A Squadron.
Following his service, Scott had a successful civilian career with leading companies that developed and deployed world-class equipment to the next generation of soldiers serving in the military.
“Get busy living…or get busy dying” (a line from his favorite film, Shawshank Redemption) was a concept Scott lived by. The Sterling Promise Foundation keeps this idea as an ongoing internal challenge; we exist to help those who served in the US Army Special Operations—so they can keep getting busy living.