It is with deepest sympathy that I announce the death of Sergeant Christopher Dwayne Young, age 20, on 2 March 2007, at Camp Safwan, Iraq. Sergeant Young was the driver of an M1114 that struck an IED. He is survived by his Mother, Gina B. Wright; Father, Joseph Young Jr.; Grandmother Audrey B. Wright and Grandfather Russell Wright.
Sergeant Young enlisted in the California Army National Guard on 18 October 2005 in the grade of Private, E-2 at the San Diego Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). He entered Active Duty Training on 8 November 2005 at Fort Lee, Virginia where he completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training. During this period, Sergeant Young also completed the Automated Logistical Specialist Course, was awarded Primary Specialty 92A10, and advanced to Private First Class. Sergeant Young completed his required active service on 27 April 2006, and was transferred to Company A (-), 40th Forward Support Battalion, California Army National Guard in Lynwood, California as a Subsistence Supply Specialist. On 9 August 2006 Sergeant Young transferred to Company C, 3rd Battalion 160th Infantry in San Pedro, California as an Armorer. He was ordered to report to his home station in San Diego, California on 22 August 2006 for the purpose of OCONUS Deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and on 25 August 2006 he was sent to the Mobilization Station at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Sergeant Young was advanced to Specialist on 17 October 2006 and posthumously promoted to Sergeant on 2 March 2007. Sergeant Young’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, California Commendation Medal and California Federal Service Ribbon. Of the many things in life that Sergeant Young enjoyed, his mother said, “He loved football”.