Colonel Brian Young is the Vice Commander, 90th Missile Wing, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyoming. He provides strategic nuclear deterrence through the operation, maintenance, security and support by over 4,200 military, civilian and contractor personnel operating 15 missile alert facilities and 150 Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, constantly ready to launch at the direction of the President of the United States.

Colonel Young enlisted in the Air Force in 1989 and served as an Environmental Support Specialist at Andrews Air Force Base, MD.  He was commissioned in 1996 through Officer Training School. He has served in a variety of ICBM Operations and Maintenance positions including; ICBM  launch officer; Weapon System, Codes and EWO instructor, ICBM flight and software test officer, Maintenance Operations Officer, Maintenance Operations Squadron commander and Deputy Maintenance Group Commander.  He deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010 where he managed training contracts to build the Afghan National Security Forces.  He was also assigned to the ICBM Systems Directorate and in his last assignment he was the Deputy Director for major modernization at the National Nuclear Security Administration in the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.


1993  Associate of Applied Science in Ecological Controls, Community College of the Air Force

1996  Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University

2003  Squadron Officer School (residence)

2004  Master of Arts in International Relations, Troy University

2007  Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)

2013  Air War College (correspondence)

2014  Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Weapons Effects, Policy and Proliferation

2017  LOGTECH Program for Executives in Logistics and Technology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


1.  January 1990 – September 1993 Environmental Support Specialist, 89th Civil Engineering Squadron, Andrews AFB, MD

2.  September 1993 – June 1996 Student, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY

3.  June 1996 – October 1996 Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL

4.  October 1996 – September 1997 Student, 392d Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA

5.  September 1997 – April 2001 Missile Combat Crew Member and Instructor/Asst Flight Commander 740th Missile Squadron & 91st Operations Support Squadron, Minot AFB, ND

6.  April 2001 – December 2004 Chief, ICBM Codes Training and Chief, ICBM EWO Training 341st Operations Support Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, MT

7.  December 2004 – July 2006 ICBM Test Operations Officer, 576th Flight Test Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA

8.  August 2006 – August 2008 Chief, ICBM Test Standardization and Evaluation Division, 595th Space Group, Vandenberg AFB, CA

9.  August 2008 – June 2011 Maintenance Operations Officer, 91st Missile Maintenance Squadron, Minot AFB, ND

10.  June 2010 – April 2011 Security Assistance Training Branch Chief, Security Assistance Office

Afghanistan, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Camp Eggers, Afghanistan

11.  June 2011 – August 2013 Commander, 341st Maintenance Operations Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, MT

12.  August 2013 – June 2016 Deputy Commander, 91st Maintenance Group, Minot AFB, ND

13.  June 2016 – June 2017 Military Deputy, Product Support Division, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill AFB, UT

14.  June 2017 – June 2018 Deputy Director, Office of Major Modernization, Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

15.  June 2018 – Present Vice Commander, 90th Missile Wing, F.E.Warren AFB, WY


Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

Combat Readiness Medal

National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with N Device and five oak leaf clusters

NATO Medal

Air Force Global Strike Command General Leo Marquez Award, Field Grade Manager, 2015

Air Force Global Strike Command Nuclear Deterrence Operations Field Grade Officer, 2014

Air Force Global Strike Command General Leo Marquez Award, Field Grade Manager, 2009

Top Graduate Undergraduate Space and Missile Training



Second Lieutenant Oct. 4, 1996

First Lieutenant Oct. 4, 1998

Captain Oct. 4, 2000

Major Aug. 1, 2006

Lieutenant Colonel Nov. 1, 2011

Colonel Feb. 1, 2018


(Current as of July 2018)