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CDR T.J. Young


 

CDCDR T.J. YoungR T.J. Young, a native of Gloucester Township, New Jersey, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics.  After being designated as a Naval Aviator in February 2008, CDR Young reported to the “Sharpshooters” of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron ONE ZERO ONE (VMFAT-101) for initial flight training in the F/A-18 Hornet.
 
In June 2009, CDR Young reported to Naval Air Station Lemoore to join the “Mighty Shrikes” of VFA-94.  With VFA-94, he completed two TACAIR integration deployments to Iwakuni, Japan via the U.S. Marine Corps’ Unit Deployment Program in support of Marine Aircraft Group TWELVE (MAG-12).  Following this tour, CDR Young reported to VFA-106 and served as a F/A-18 instructor from 2012 to 2015. 
 
In 2015, CDR Young participated in Combat Dragon II, a U.S Central Command (CENTCOM) sponsored Limited Objective Experiment assessing the operational capability of the OV-10G+ aircraft in an expeditionary environment.  CDR Young forward deployed to the CENTCOM area of responsibility and executed reduced signature missions in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR). 
 
CDR Young then reported to the United States Naval War College in January 2016, where he graduated with highest distinction and earned a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies.  In June 2017, CDR Young joined the “Ragin’ Bulls” of VFA-37 as a department head and deployed with Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8) aboard USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH in support of OIR.  While with VFA-37, CDR Young managed the squadron’s transition from the F/A-18C to the F/A-18E.  After his department head tour, CDR Young reported to Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN and served as VFA East Placement Officer from January 2020 to July 2021. 
 
CDR Young has accumulated over 2,100 flight hours in a variety of platforms.  His personal awards include the Strike/Flight Air Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

 
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