Saturday, December 27, 2014

New Contributor!

I am pleased to announce that we’ve got a new Contributor here at Liberty’s Torch: Colonel Robert Young (retired), currently a newspaper columnist in Upson County, Georgia. A brief bio of Colonel Young follows:

Colonel Robert G. Young retired on 30 JUL 2014. His last assignment was Alpha Company, Warrior Transition Unit, Fort Benning, GA.

He was born in Washington, DC. His father (Robert A, Young) was a career diplomat for the US Department of State and Colonel in the US Army Reserves, his mother (Julie) a registered nurse. In 1979 he enlisted in the infantry, serving in the 1/8th Infantry Bn, 4th ID (M), Fort Carson, Colorado; the 1/16th Infantry Bn, 1st ID (FWD), and the 11th Special Forces Group (ABN), Fort Meade, MD.

In 1985 he was awarded a BA degree from the University of Maryland and designated a Distinguished Military Graduate, receiving a Regular Army commission as a second lieutenant. His military education includes CGSC and the Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. He holds a Master of Arts degree (MMAS) from the Command and General Staff College.

Over the last 35 years, COL Young has had the great privilege to serve our Nation in a variety of units on numerous deployments and operations including:

  • 1981-82 Cold War (West Germany) – 1st Infantry Division
  • 1988 GOLDEN PHEASANT (Central America) - 82nd Airborne
  • 1989-90 JUST CAUSE (Panama) - 82nd Airborne
  • 1990-91 DESERT SHIELD/STORM (Saudi Arabia/Iraq) - 82nd Airborne
  • 1992 CABANAS (Honduras) - 528th SOSB, US Army Special Forces Command
  • 1994 UPHOLD DEMOCRACY (Haiti) - 75th Ranger Regiment
  • 1996-97 Defense of Korea (Republic of Korea) – 2nd Infantry Division
  • 2004-05 ENDURING FREEDOM (Kandahar, Afghanistan) 3rd BDE, 25th Infantry Division
  • 2007-08 IRAQI FREEDOM (Kuwait & Iraq) Third Army/US Army Central
  • 2009-10 ENDURING FREEDOM (Kabul, Afghanistan) ACSE-A, US Army Central

Among his awards are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 Awards), Army Commendation Medal (5 Awards), Army Achievement Medal (6 Awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2 Awards - Panama and Haiti), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal(2 Bronze Stars), Korea Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NATO medal (Afghanistan/ISAF) National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation (Bronze Oak leaf) and the Army Superior Unit Award (w/OLC). He has earned the Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, US Master Parachutist Badge, and the German, Canadian and Honduran Master Parachutist Badges and the Ranger Tab.

He is married to the former Sally Kennedy of Columbus, GA. He has five children; Rob - formerly served in the 3rd Ranger Bn (two deployments to Afghanistan), Jane - a graduate of Auburn University, and three still at home, Rebekah (18), Sarah Beth (16), and John David (11).

Please welcome Colonel Young to the Liberty’s Torch roster.


FrankC said...

Any relationship with Rodger W.Young?

The Colonel of Truth said...

Nope, not that I know of Frank. My Dad was from Erie, PA. He had brothers named Dick & Paul. That is the only ones I know of.

KG said...

Welcome, Colonel. I'm sure I'm not alone in looking forward to reading what you have to say.