Sergeant Major Young enlisted into the Marine Corps in June of 1992 and completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on August 28, 1992. Following recruit training; Private Young attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger and upon completion he was forwarded to his initial Military Occupation Specialty (M.O.S.) school at Naval Air Station Memphis in Millington Tennessee from October to June 1993.
Private First Class Young attended a follow-on course at Naval Aviation Maintenance Training Group Detachment in Cherry Point N.C. from July to Sept 1993, which was specific to his M.O.S.. Upon completion of the course, he obtained the M.O.S. as a 6332, an Aviation Electricians Mate for the AV-8B Harrier.
Lance Corporal Young reported to VMAT-203 2nd Marine Air Wing in Cherry Point N.C. in September of 1993. While attached to VMAT-203, he was meritoriously promoted to Corporal. During his tenure with VMAT-203, he was also promoted to Sergeant as he exercised the billets of a work-center supervisor, collateral duty inspector, and leader of Marines.
Sergeant Young was then transferred to VMA-513 in Yuma, Arizona where he served as an Aviation Electrician, Collateral Duty Inspector, Low-power Certification Instructor, and the Night-Crew shift supervisor. Sergeant Young was hand selected to execute the duties of a Gunnery Sergeant by fulfilling the billet as the Detachment SNCOIC while embarked aboard the U.S.S. Essex with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Southern Watch. During his last six months at VMA-513, he served as a night-crew lead maintenance controller and was promoted to Staff Sergeant.
Staff Sergeant Young was transferred to VMA-223 at 2nd Marine Air Wing, Cherry Point N.C. where he served as a Maintenance Controller. While serving with VMA-223, he embarked aboard the U.S.S. Bataan during the winter of 2001 to participate in Operation Enduring Freedom I. During the winter of 2003 Staff Sergeant Young embarked aboard the U.S.S. Kearsarge to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In February of 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
Gunnery Sergeant Young was awarded the 2003 James E. Nicholson, Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Award for his “remarkable leadership skills while preparing for and executing a combat deployment”. As a Gunnery Sergeant, he executed the billet as the squadron’s Maintenance Control Chief. “For his outstanding contributions to Marine Aviation as Maintenance Control Chief” he was presented the 2004 Sergeant Major Frederick B. Douglass Award which was presented by the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.
During the summer of 2005 Gunnery Sergeant Young deployed with VMA-223 to Al Anbar Province, Iraq and served as the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the unit’s Avionics Division. In the winter of 2006 Gunnery Sergeant Young was transferred to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) in Cherry Point North Carolina. During his 16 months at CNATT, he discharged the duties as an Aviation Electrician Lead Instructor, followed by the billet as the Chief Instructor, and lastly the Unit Adjutant. In February of 2008 he was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and immediately received and executed orders to Fort Leonard Wood Missouri to serve as the Military Police and Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Instruction Company First Sergeant from March 2008 to November 2009. He later served as the First Sergeant for Motor Transport Instruction Company.
In July 2011 First Sergeant Young received orders to Camp LeJeune North Carolina where he served as the Company First Sergeant for 2nd Bn, 9th Marines, Golf Company and quickly transitioned to serve as the Headquarters and Service Company First Sergeant. While serving as Headquarters and Service Company First Sergeant, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and Operation Enduring Freedom IV from December 2011 to July of 2012.
In September 2012 First Sergeant Young was promoted to Sergeant Major and received orders to assume the duties as the Sergeant Major for Combat Logistics Battalion 22 (CLB-22). While assigned to CLB-22, he deployed with the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the U.S.S. Mesa Verde from February 2014 to October 2014 in support of Operation New Dawn.
In May of 2015 he received orders as was posted as the 3d Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Special Operations Command Sergeant Major until June 2016. His tour was cut short to serve as the Sergeant Major for Marine Aviation Training Support Group 22, Corpus Christi TX.
Sergeant Major Young will assume the duties as the Marine Corps Installations Pacific Sergeant Major in April 2018.
Sergeant Major Young‘s awards include Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars in lieu of fourth award and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with four gold stars in lieu of fifth award.