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Special Speaker for Veteran’s Day

November 9, 2018
Emmetsburg News

VFW Post #2295 in Emmetsburg, will be holding a Veteran's Day program on Monday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.

The Fourth and Fifth Graders from the Emmetsburg Catholic School will be on hand to perform musical selections under the direction of Mrs. Kelly Fog.

The special guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel James A. Young. LTC Young has had many assignments and has received several awards and decorations thoughout his career.

LTC James A. Young enlisted into the US Army, in 1987 as a 31C, Multi-Channel Radio Operator and was assigned originally to the 82nd Airborne Division and served in the command group of the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.

After reaching the Rank of Sergeant he was selected, attended, graduated and commissioned in the US Army Corps of Engineers in April 1992.

LTC Young earned an Associates of Arts Degree from Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg and a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Management / Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX.

He is also a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Engineer Officer Advanced Course / Captain's Career Course, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Combined Arms Service School, Fort Dix, NJ, and a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College.

After commissioning LTC Young's first assignment was as a Vertical Platoon Leader, 47th Engineer Company (CBT HVY), 6th EN BN, Fort Wainwright, AK in October 1992.

He served in three different platoons' with the 47th Engineer Company and was then assigned as the Company Executive Officer of the Special Troops Company in August 1995. In April 1996, LTC Young transitioned from active duty to the United States Army Reserve.

After a short stint in the IRR, LTC Young rejoined the USAR in April 1999 as the Battalion Maintenance Officer for the 411th Engineer Battalion.

In August 2001, he was selected as Company Commander, Company B, 411th EN BN.

Through the next five years, he led his company through a tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II from Dec 2003-Jul 2005 under the control of the 1st Cavalry Division.

Upon his return, he remained in command until his promotion to Major in August 2006. From August 2006 October 2008, he served as the Operations and Plans Officer for the Army Reserve Installation Management (ARIM) section for the 9th Regional Readiness Command.

In November 2008, he was selected as the S-3 Operations Officer for the 411th EN BN and remained until February 2012, where he became a certified 5K Instructor for the 4960th Multi-Functional Training Brigade as an instructor and then Deputy Director of Instruction for the Command and General Staff Officer Course.

LTC Young was a DA select for his current position in July 2016 for the 1-100th Engineer Battalion.

LTC Young's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 5 Bronze OLC, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 4 OLC, National Defense Service Medal w/Bronze Star Devise, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/2Bronze Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal w/2 BS, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Reserve Overseas Service Medal with "M" Device, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon, Army Reserve Overseas Training Service Ribbon, Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Army Meritorious Unit Award, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge.

LTC Young currently resides in North Pole, Alaska with his wife Sherri who are very proud of their four college and beyond children, Andrew 29, Katie 27, Emma 25 and Matthew 24.



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