Wing Commander Aaron Young, MIntlSy, psc(j), RNZAF

WGCDR Aaron young joined the RNZAF in April 1990 as an Aircraft Technician.  After completing 1/91 Mechanics Course, he was posted to RNZAF Base Auckland and served at No. 40 Squadron followed by Maintenance Support Squadron.  He completed his senior trade training in February of 1994, graduating as an Aircraft Technician and was posted to No. 5 Squadron.  In 1996, he applied for remuster to Air Engineer and in June of that year was promoted to Corporal and commenced NCO Aircrew Training.  Upon successful completion of NCO Aircrew Training, he was posted to No. 5 Squadron, graduated from 11/96 Air Engineers Conversion Course in April 1997 and awarded the Air Engineers brevet.  In April 1998, he was promoted to Sergeant and in May 2000, WGCDR Young attended the Initial Officer Training Course (IOTC).  He graduated in September and was commissioned in the rank of Flying Officer.

Following IOTC, he was posted back to No. 5 Squadron as the Air Engineer Leader and promoted to Flight Lieutenant on 10 January 2001.  In August 2003, he was deployed for the second rotation as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Upon completing a full posting as the Air Engineer Leader, he attended No. 68 Junior Staff Course in January 2004 and was awarded the Cameron Turner Cup for highest overall presentation skills.  Following Junior Staff Course, he was posted to RNZAF Base Woodbourne as Flight Commander Operational Training Flight.  In December 2005, he was posted to Command Training Flight as a member of the Directing Staff.  In this role he was the director in charge of Initial Officer Training Course and was primarily responsible for instruction and delivery of Command Leadership and Management.  On occasion, he also held the positions of Acting Flight Commander Command Training Flight and Acting Officer Commanding Command and Recruit Training Squadron.

In October 2006, he was posted back to No. 5 Squadron to undergo Orion Air Engineer Reconversion training prior to taking up his next appointment of Training Flight Commander (TFC 5) which he took up on 26 February 2007 and was promoted to Squadron Leader.  During this time as TFC 5 he attained 'A' Categories as both an Air Engineer and Qualified Aircrew Instructor.  Additionally, he held the appointment of Acting Commanding Officer No. 5 Squadron on a number of occasions and was a Flight Authorising Officer.

In June 2012, he was posted to Air Staff and took up the position of Assistant Director of Career Management for Aircrew personnel.  In June of the following year, he was promoted to WGCDR and took up the appointment of Director of Career Management for the Air Force (DCM(F)).  In February 2015, he was posted to the Detachment Commander position for OP TAKAPU.  Upon completion of his Operational Tour, WGCDR Young was posted to HQJFNZ as J35A, Joint Air Operations Centre Director.

WGCDR Young attended No. 57 Advanced Command and Staff Course (Joint) in 2016, graduating as Dux of the Course.  Following a short posting to Air Staff as the Director of Strategy Execution (Air Force), he took up the position of Commanding Officer No. 5 Squadron in mid-June 2017, and was posted into his current position as Commandant NZDF Command and Staff College in late-December 2019.

WGCDR Young is married to Joncey and they have two children: Innes and Jack.

This page was last reviewed on 24 February 2020.