Tom Young Novelist, journalist, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, retired Air National Guard senior master sergeant

Tom Young served in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Air National Guard. He has also flown missions to Bosnia and Kosovo, and additional missions in Latin America, the horn of Africa, and the Far East. In all, Young logged nearly five thousand hours as a flight engineer on the C-5 Galaxy and the C-130 Hercules, while flying to almost forty countries. Military honors include three Air Medals, three Aerial Achievement Medals, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He served more than twenty years in the Air Guard and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant.

In civilian life, Young spent ten years as a writer and editor with the broadcast division of the Associated Press, and flew as a first officer for Independence Air, an airline based at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His novels include The Mullah’s Storm, Silent Enemy, The Renegades, The Warriors, and Sand and Fire. His books have received high praise and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and other publications.

Young's nonfiction works include The Speed of Heat: An Airlift Wing at War in Iraq and Afghanistan. His narrative, "Night Flight to Baghdad," appeared in the anthology Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families.