Rear Adm. Eric Young is a native of Abilene, Texas, and is a graduate of Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He received his commission as an ensign from Officer Candidate School in February 1985. He holds a Master of Science in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Young’s tours at sea as a surface warfare officer include ordnance officer, USS Reid (FFG 30); navigator, USS San Jose (AFS 7); operations officer, USS Wadsworth (FFG 9); combat systems officer, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31; executive officer, USS Ford (FFG 54); commanding officer, USS John L Hall (FFG 32); and commander, DESRON-1.
Young’s staff and shore assignments included commanding officer, Naval Reserve Center Terre Haute, Indiana; commanding officer, Naval Reserve Center Danville, Illinois; manpower analyst in the Surface Warfare Directorate, Chief of Naval Operations (N86); manpower and personnel director, Naval Reserve Readiness Command South; commanding officer, Navy Operational Support Center San Diego; deputy director, Training Transformation and Technology in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs); and most recently, as deputy chief of Navy Reserve from July 2012 to August 2014.
During his command tour aboard USS John L. Hall (FFG 32), his crew won five of five Command Excellence awards. Young assumed command of DESRON-1 from June 2009 through November 2010. In October 2009, DESRON-1 was assigned as the Sea Combat Commander for the Carl Vinson Strike Group. Young spearheaded DESRON-1 transformation from an ISIC-focused destroyer squadron to an operationally-focused destroyer squadron. For the first time, DESRON-1 became a permanent sea combat commander for a Strike Group.
Young became commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia, September 25, 2014.
Young’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.