Colonel Keith A. Young is the Vice Commander, 15th Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The 15th Wing provides trained and ready Airmen to the Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and the Commander, Pacific Air Forces to execute strategic airlift, executive airlift, and air dominance missions with C-17A, C-37A, and F-22A aircraft. The 15th Wing is also responsible for the safe and effective operation of Hickam Field. Hickam Field serves as a strategic launching pad for the projection of American airpower throughout the Indo-Pacific Area of Responsibility. The wing’s Total Force Integration relationship with the Hawaii Air National Guard is critical to the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the C-17 and F-22 missions. The 15th Wing also serves as the Air Force lead, partnering with the Commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, to provide mission support to all other Air Force entities on base.
Col. Young received his commission in 2002 from the United States Air Force Academy, and he graduated from Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin AFB, Texas in 2004. Col. Young commanded the historic 94th Fighter Squadron, “Hat-in-the-Ring Gang,” at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He also commanded the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron while deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, UAE in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Prior to his current assignment, Col. Young was a Senior Military Evaluator for the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
2002 Bachelor of Science, Management, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2003 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. 2009 Master of Business Administration, Finance, Touro University International, Cypress, Calif.
2009 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2010 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2014 Master of Science, Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
2020 Master of Science, National Security Strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C.