Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell

Commander, Naval Air Forces/Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Mr. Bryan Scurry

Executive Director, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Captain Walt ''Sarge" Slaughter

Chief of Staff, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Force Master Chief H. Trenton Schmidt

Force Master Chief, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Commander Evan Young

Executive Officer, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3

26 October 2020 A native of Denver, Colorado and raised in Lathrop, Missouri, Commander Evan “Pooper” Young graduated from William Jewell College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2002. He commissioned in February 2003, through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. CDR Young was designated an Unrestricted Naval Aviator in January 2005 and reported to AWSTS for initial training in the MH-53E Sea Dragon. He then reported to HC-4 in Sigonella, Sicily for his first assignment, where he deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM flying combat support missions in southern Iraq by direction of Commander U.S. Army Forces Central Command.

Upon completion of this tour, HC-4 was decommissioned and CDR Young reported to the HSC-2 Fleet Angels for initial training in the MH-60S Knighthawk. Following the FRS he reported to HSC-22 where he deployed to 5th Fleet in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on the USNS SUPPLY (T-AOE 6). Upon return from deployment, he was selected to help stand up the MH-60S Armed Helo program at HSC-22 and was chosen as the AOIC for the CNO’s initial proof of concept of deployment on USS FREEDOM (LCS-1).

In May 2010, CDR Young reported to HSC-3 in San Diego, CA as an MH-60S instructor pilot. In addition to instructing, he served as the Squadron’s Aviation Safety Officer and the Chief of Naval Operations Helicopter Control Officer and Landing Signal Enlisted Model Manager. Additionally, he was selected as one of four pilots to take part in the first Foreign Military Sales training detachment to Thailand for the training and sale of the MH-60S to the Royal Thai Navy.

In 2012, CDR Young reported to the USS SAN DIEGO (LPD 22). He served as the Ship’s Safety Officer, Aviation Fuels Officer, Air Boss, and qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway. During his tour LPD 22 won the Battle Efficiency Award, and was the first LPD class ship to take part in NASA’s ORION Space Program Underway Recovery Test (URT-1) of the ORION space capsule.

In October 2014, Commander Young returned to the fleet as a Department Head at HSC-23. He served as the Training Officer, Operations Officer, and was selected as the Officer In Charge for the Navy’s first composite MQ-8B Radar capable Fire Scout and MH-60S detachment onboard USS Coronado (LCS 4) for her maiden deployment to the Seventh Fleet Area of Operations. During his time at HSC-23, the squadron won two Battle Efficiency Awards and he was selected as the winner of the 2015 Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award.

Following his Department Head tour, Commander Young reported to Commander Helicopter Sea Combat WING Pacific as the MQ-8 Integrated Transition Team Lead. He was responsible for the establishment and integration of the fleet’s first Mobile Mission Control Stations enabling fleet assets to fly MQ-8 separately from LCS. Additionally he facilitated the introduction of MQ-8C to VTUAV and HSC-23.

In February of 2020, Commander Young was ordered to HSC-3 where he currently serves as the Executive Officer. He has accumulated over 2,200 flight hours in various aircraft and his personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight award), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Army Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various other unit and campaign ribbons.
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