MG Young commanded the 203d MI Battalion (TI) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, from 2003 to 2005. He deployed the battalion to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and also served as the Army Component Commander and co-J3 for the Combined Joint Captured Enemy Material Exploitation Center. His Brigade level command was the Theater Support Command, from 2005 to 2007, consisting of ten Military Intelligence MTOE battalions nationwide. From 2007 to 2009, he commanded the Joint Reserve Intelligence Unit, J2, on the Joint Staff, and was the senior reserve advisor for the J2. As a Brigadier General, he commanded the Military Intelligence Readiness Command, the Army Reserve’s Functional Intelligence Command, from 2009 to 2011 and served the Army Reserve’s senior intelligence officer. He most recently served as the Deputy Chief, Army Reserve, where he worked as the CAR’s Deputy with a primary focus as the Army Reserve’s senior human capital executive and later as Chief of Staff of the Army Reserve staff.
MG Young holds a BA in Economics from Davidson College, an MBA from Emory University and an MSS from the Army War College. His military education includes the Military Intelligence Basic, Advanced, and Tactical Intelligence Courses, Inspector General Course, Observer Controller Academy of the National Training Center, Army War College and CAPSTONE.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Royal Australian Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Joint Staff Identification Badge.
As a Citizen-Soldier, he is a Senior Vice President with iVantage, a business analytics and professional services/consulting firm specializing in providing strategic and operational improvements for the healthcare industry. At iVantage he is responsible for all administrative functions, strategic large system sales and serves as the head of operations of the advisory division. Specific responsibilities include: strategic planning, business development, business analytics integration, sales strategy and support, human capital, advisory joint venture management, as well as managing consultant capacity, deployment and development. He began his civilian career as a strategy and human resources consultant with one of the country's largest consulting firms and has served as President and or senior executive for three national design and manufacturing organizations.
He is married to the former Valarie Hyde and they have four children, James III, a 2LT in the Army Reserve, Madeleine, Grace, and Caroline.