Maj Adam Young is a native of Ohio and graduated from the Naval Academy in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. He completed the basic school in January 2008. After earning the top hook award during flight school in the T-45A Goshawk, he was designated a naval aviator in May 2010.
Maj Young transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet with the Gladiators of VFA-106 in Virginia Beach, VA. Upon completing the fleet replenishment squadron (FRS) syllabus, he reported to the Crusaders of VMFA-122 aboard MCAS Beaufort, SC where he served as the scheduling officer, powerline division officer in charge, and flight officer. With the Crusaders, Major Young deployed to the western Pacific in support of the unit deployment program (UDP) twice between January 2013 and September 2014.
Major Young reported to the Sharpshooters of VMFAT-101 at MCAS Miramar for duty as an instructor pilot at the Marine Corps’ only Hornet FRS in December 2014. As a Sharpshooter, Maj Young served as a scheduling officer and the air-to-air phase head. He graduated from the marine division tactics course in February 2015.
In January 2018, Maj Young returned to MCAS Beaufort for assignment as a department head in VMFA-115. He graduated from the weapons and tactics instructor course in May 2018 and met the squadron on deployment in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE through October of the same year. In 2020, Major Young deployed for a third time in support of UDP. With the Silver Eagles, Maj Young has served as the director of safety and standardization, operations officer, aircraft maintenance officer, and now as executive officer.
Major Young has been awarded the Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.