Commander York, a native of Standish, Maine, received his degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and was commissioned through Reserve Officer Training Corps in January of 1994.
Upon his commissioning, Commander York was assigned to the USS CLARK (FFG 11) in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as First Lieutenant and Ordnance Officer and deployed to the North Atlantic. He was then ordered to join USS PENSACOLA (LSD 38) in Norfolk, serving as Combat Information Center Officer and Weapons Officer from October 1996 to June 1998 and deployed to the Mediterranean Sea participating in Operation Silver Wake.
In June 1998, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Masters Degree in Applied Physics. Following his graduate education he attend Department Head School and reported to USS BRISCOE (DD 977) in October 2001 as Combat Systems Officer making deployments to the North Atlantic and Horn of Africa/Red Sea participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Upon completion of his Department Head tour he was assigned to USS OSPREY (MHC 51) and later MHC Crew VALOR as Executive officer from January 2004 to November 2005 where he made a deployment to the Arabian Gulf. Commander York was then assigned to Amphibious Group ONE forward deployed to Okinawa, Japan serving as the Flag Secretary until October 2007. In January 2008 reported to USS ASHLAND (LSD 48) as Executive officer deploying to the Fifth and Sixth Fleet area of operations. Following that tour he was assigned as Executive Officer in USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43) in December 2009 participating in Operation Restore Hope in Haiti. After completing his tour on USS FORT MCHENRY, he reported to USS ANZIO (CG 68) in June 2010 as Executive officer and detached in June 2012 and then reported to Coastal Riverine Squadron FOUR as Executive officer.
Commander York’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.