Tech. Sergeant Jimmy T. Young
Jimmy T. Young, son of Virgil T. and Flora Jones Young, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Jones, and Mr. and Mrs. Willie F. Young, all of Berrien County, was born July 16, 1946, in Berrien County. His school years were spent at Cottle, Nashville Elementary, and he graduated from Berrien High School in 1964.
Jimmy enlisted in the US Air Force, in November of 1965. After basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas he was sent to Keesler AFB at Biloxi, Mississippi to attend technical training in the Communications Electronics Maintenance field at the 3380 Tech School. Upon graduation Jimmy was assigned to the 5th Mobile Communications Group at Robins, AFB, Georgia. Further training ensued; upon completion of this training he was sent to Turkey to TUSLOG Detachment 162, headquartered out of Ankara, Turkey, in June of 1967.
Jimmy’s next year was spent carrying out classified assignments, from locations all over Turkey, and living on the local economy most of the time. That assignment was completed and Jimmy returned to the US to Mac Dill AFB, Florida at Tampa, where he was assigned to the 46th Tactical Fighter Squadron to work on radios and navigation systems in F-4 Phantom aircraft. The first stage of his military career ended in February of 1969 when was offered an early out, which he took. He did however spend the remainder of his six year obligation in the Air Force reserve.
Then in April of 1972 Jimmy re-entered the Air Force and was assigned to the 2179 Communications Squadron at Patrick AFB, Florida. During that time he supported the NASA facility at Cape Kennedy/Cape Canaveral and witnessed and participated in some Apollo moon shots. The next stop, for then Sergeant Young, was Ramstein AB, West Germany where he was assigned to the 1141 Special Activities Squadron,which actually operated out of Brunssum, Netherlands. During this assignment, Jimmy supported the Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT) communications links, throughout western Europe.
Next came Tinker AFB, Oklahoma where he was a crew chief for MRC-113 Tropospheric Scatter Equipment assigned to the 3rd Mobile Communications Group. Deployments to California, North Carolina, Texas, Kansas and Nevada, kept him busy during those days. He was selected Squadron and Group NCO of the Quarter in this organization. He was then reassigned to Greece.
The Greek assignment was again, like Turkey, all over the country, except this time he was supporting not only the USAF, but the US Army, in communications operations and maintenance. After this assignment he was sent again to Patrick AFB, where he ran Maintenance Control, then to Kadena AB, Okinawa and the 81st Tactical Control Flight. After eighteen months there he returned to the US and Tyndall AFB at Panama City Florida.
Jimmy ended his Air Force career in July of 1986 and went into the Defense Industry. He has spent many years since doing that… including, at one time, six years as an advisor to the Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force at their headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. As such he was the first American to ever receive Saudi Arabian Air Force awards and recognition for a job well done upon his departure in December of 2002. He is currently working in Hampton, Virginia on a DOD contract assessing US Electronic Systems.
Jimmy has been blessed with three wonderful children, a daughter, Tammy Renee, two sons, Wade Hampton, and Wyatt Austin, all born in military hospitals, and five grandchildren….. all first in his heart…. right next to his love for his country, the state of Georgia and Berrien County.