Capt. Young grew up in San Diego, California, and commissioned upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 with a degree in Finance and Business Economics. He reported to Pensacola, Florida, for flight training, receiving his Wings of Gold in 1997.
Following training in the F/A-18C at NAS Cecil Field, Florida, he reported to the Knighthawks of VFA-136 in Oceana, Virginia. During his tour he held the positions of Aircraft Division Officer, Air-to-Air Training Officer, and Demonstration Pilot. He made deployments aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In 2002, Young received orders to the Sharp Shooters of VMFAT-101 at MCAS Miramar, California, as an FRS instructor. He served various positions there including Landing Signals Officer (LSO) and Air-to-Air phase head. In 2005, he reported to Carrier Air Wing 11 at NAS Lemoore, California, as Air Wing LSO and Safety Officer. While there, he deployed aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Young then reported to the Mighty Shrikes of VFA-94 for his Department Head tour. He served as Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer, making two expeditionary deployments in 2007 and 2008 to the western Pacific under the Navy’s Unit Deployment Program. He then reported to HQ USPACOM at Camp Smith, Hawaii, assuming the duties as the National Reconnaissance Office Senior Field Representative from 2008 to 2010.
His next assignment was as Commanding Officer of Provincial Reconstruction Team Paktika, Afghanistan, from 2011 to 2012, once again in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. His team received the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation for their performance during this period.
He attended Naval War College the following year in Newport, Rhode Island, where he graduated with distinction with a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
From 2013 to 2015, Young served onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as Operations Officer. Following a ten-month deployment in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, he received orders to Naval Air Forces Pacific in Coronado, California, as Training and Readiness Officer.
While at COMNAVAIRPAC, Young assumed the duties of Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Readiness (N40) until 2019.
Capt. Young has logged more than 2,800 flight hours and 450 carrier landings. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (2 strike/flight awards), Combat Action Ribbon, and the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award, as well as other individual, unit and campaign awards.