Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

Commander Robert Young

Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Naval Science
Commander Robert Young



Commander Robert D. Young, hailing from Holly, Michigan, is a 2001 Graduate of the University of Michigan (UM) with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology and earned his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.  After leaving UM, he reported to Surface Warfare Officer School Division Officer Course to receive training on basic ship-handling, FFG-7 Class engineering, weapons systems, communication systems, and basic leadership fundamentals. 

CDR Young has accumulated over 11 years of sea duty time and completed six deployments.  His sea tour assignments include Combat Information Center Officer / Legal Officer / CMS Custodian / Search and Rescue Officer / Electronics Warfare Officer aboard USS NICHOLAS (FFG 47) from November 2001 to August 2003, completing a Standing NATO Forces Atlantic / Standing NATO Forces Mediterranean (SNFL / SNFM) deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).  Following a brief stop in Charleston, SC as a student at Naval Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Power Training Unit MTS 635, he was detailed to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as Reactor Controls Division Officer / Repair 21 Locker Officer / Professional Nuclear Engineering Officer (PNEO) program coordinator from November 2004 to November 2006 and deploying in support of OEF and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  For his Department Head tour, CDR Young was detailed to USS RAMAGE (DDG 61) from July 2009 to January 2011 as Operations Officer / Afloat Safety Officer and conducting exercise Joint Warrior and the Navy’s first ever Defense of Israel deployment.  He was subsequently detailed to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) from January 2011 to January 2013 as the Main Propulsion Assistant and completed two West Pac Deployments in support of OEF and Operations New Dawn and Inherent Resolve.  Upon return from deployment, CDR Young was present for Naval Station North Island’s first ever dual media discharge for a CVN.  Following his screening as Executive Officer (Special Mission) (XO(SM)) CDR Young was detailed as the third ever Damage Control Assistant aboard USS AMERICA (LHA 6), completing her Post-Shakedown Availability, basic training cycle, and the first in class Total Ship’s Survivability Trials.  His most recent at sea assignment was as Assistant Reactor Officer aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) from May 2017 to July 2020, where Mighty IKE conducted the Navy’s longest at-sea period of 206 straight days during her 2020 deployment in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and having been the only operational CVN in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility to forgo port visits to remain COVID-19 free. 

CDR Young’s first set shore assignments were from November 2006 to September 2008 where he was billeted as the Flag Aide to Commander Naval Personnel Development Command (NPDC).  When NPDC began to be disestablished, he was tasked to become an Individual Augmentee to United States Military Observe Group – Washington (USMOG-W) serving as a United Nations Military Observer July 2007 to January 2008 for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) where he performed the duties of Operations Officer, Logistics Officer, and Evacuation Contingency Planner for Team Sites Badme and Adigrat.  Upon his return to Norfolk, VA, he reported as the Executive Assistant to Commanding Officer, Center for Naval Engineering assisting in the development, contracting, funding, and execution of training for all the Navy’s conventional engineering ‘A’ and ‘C’ schools.  His Post-Department Head shore tour was as the Requirements, Resources, and Manpower Division Chief (SOJ82) at Special Operations Command, Pacific at Camp Smith on Oahu, Hawaii from January 2013 to October 2015, where he assisted in the production and management of Integrated Priority Lists and Future Year Defense Program Budgets submissions for both U. S. Indo-Pacific Command and U. S. Special Operations Command to the Joint Staff.  He is currently serving as the Executive Officer / Associate Professor of Naval Science at the University of Texas at Austin’s NROTC program. 

CDR Young has successfully completed both JPME I and II and has received the designation as a Joint Qualified Officer.  While at the 10-week in-residence JPME II course, he received the Lieutenant General Paul J. Cerjan Distinguished Writing Award.  Furthermore, CDR Young has received a Master of Arts and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. 

His personal military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), United Nations Service Medal, and other various unit and campaign awards. 

CDR Young has been married to his wife, Joycelynn of Andrews, TX, since 2005.  They have three wonderful sons. 

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