Commander Jason Young graduated from Boston University in Boston, MA in 1997, attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL and was commissioned in February 1998. He was winged as an unrestricted Naval Aviator in September of 1998 and transferred to San Diego, CA as a Fleet Replacement Pilot at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN (HS-10) in the SH-60F and HH-60H helicopters.
In December of 2000, CDR Young reported aboard Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron THREE (HS-3) and served as Training and SORTS Officer, Line Division Officer, Personnel Officer, Avionics and Armament Division Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. Deploying twice in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in 2001 and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 72) in 2003, he was selected as HS-3 Pilot of the Year for 2003.
Transferring in April of 2004 to the HSWINGLANT Weapons and Tactics Unit (WTU), CDR Young qualified as a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor and served as the Antisubmarine Warfare Program Manager, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) and Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) Program Manager and Helicopter Advanced Readiness Program Manager. Additionally, he was selected as HSCWINGLANT Weapons School Instructor of the Year for 2006.
In November of 2006, CDR Young reported to the staff of Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3), as the Combat Search and Rescue / Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, deploying on USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2007. He also performed duties as the Air Wing’s Flight Hour Program Manager, overseeing the execution of a $10 million fuel budget.
After selection as an Aviation Department Head, CDR Young reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron SEVEN (HS-7) in November of 2008. He served as the Administrative Officer, Standardization Training and Operational Risk Management (STORM) Officer, and Maintenance Officer and deployed on the USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in 2010. His dedication o Maintenance led the squadron to be awarded the Sikorsky Golden Wrench and Phoenix Award for 2011, and was selected as the Dusty Dogs Pilot of the Year for 2010.
After completion of his Department Head Tour, CDR Young was assigned to USPACOM and served in the J9 Pacific Outreach Directorate as the Deputy Division Chief for the Joint Interagency Coordination Group (J91). He served as the direct liaison for all aspects of the command in interagency coordination of CONPLAN development in Washington, D.C. and was a lead interagency planner for Operations TOMODACHI and PACIFIC PASSAGE..
CDR Young’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other campaign, unit, and individual awards. He has amassed over 3100 flight hours..