Author, veteran, and airline pilot
Tom Young served in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Air National Guard. 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 he now works as an airline pilot. 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, Sand and Fire, and The Hunters. 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.