National Guard Affairs and the Senior National Guard Advisor to the Commanding General and Staff at the Cyber Center of Excellence, Fort Gordon, Georgia. COL Young enlisted in the 228th Signal Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard (SCARNG) in August 1994. He graduated from Wofford College with a bachelor’s degree in History and Government in 1996 and received his commission in the Signal Corps through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. He gained company-level experience in various assignments throughout the 151st Signal Battalion. In 2000, he served as Brigade Automation Officer, 218th Infantry Brigade (Heavy), followed by a tour as Brigade Automation Officer, 228th Signal Brigade. In 2001, COL Young assumed a Title 32 Active Guard-Reserve (AGR) position as the Brigade Plans Officer with the 228th Signal Brigade. In 2003, he deployed with the 151st Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In April 2006, COL Young accepted a Title 10 AGR position at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia, as the Army National Guard (ARNG) Signal Organizational Integrator and later ARNG Command Plan Manager, ARNG G3. He then was assigned as the ARNG Enterprise Architect and Chief of Information Technology Policy and Governance, ARNG G6. Following this tour, he gained joint experience on the Joint Staff J5 as the Plans Policy Branch Chief of the Joint Operational War Plans Division. Prior to joining the Cyber Center of Excellence, he served in the Headquarters, Department of the Army CIO/G6 as the chief of the Architecture and Data Division.
COL Young commanded Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 228th Signal Brigade from 2004 to 2005 and later the 151st Expeditionary Signal Battalion from 2015 to 2017. COL Young is a joint-qualified Signal, Cyberspace, Information Systems Management, and Force Management officer. He holds a Master of Arts in History from George Mason University and a graduate certificate from the National Defense University’s iCollege as a Chief Information Officer. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a graduate of the Army War College; Advanced Joint Professional Military Education at the Joint Forces Staff College; and other courses commensurate with his rank.
His decorations and badges include the Combat Action Badge, the Joint Staff Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, six Army Commendation Medals, and the Signal Corps Regimental Association’s Bronze Order of Mercury.
He is married to the former Angela Stewart of Charleston, South Carolina and they live in Martinez, Georgia with their daughter, Anne Hensley (13).