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Captain Andrew P. Young, CD
Andrew P. Young was born in Kentville Nova Scotia on October 31st, 1967. In his earlier years, he lived in several different places with his family in the Atlantic Provinces before they settled in Truro in 1977. Shortly thereafter, Andrew became involved in archery attending the Outdoor Nationals in Caledon, ON and the Canada Summer Games in Thunder Bay, ON in 1981. In 1982 he again attended the Nationals, in Victoria, BC where he placed 3rd in the under 16 class. By 1983 he turned his attention to competitive rifle shooting winning the Nova Scotia Provincials for the junior class. Meeting some Army Cadets at some of the local matches he decided to join 2928 RCACC in September 1983.
In his first year at the Corps C/Pte Young earned a spot on the rifle team which won the Provincial Smallbore competition and came second at the National Smallbore competition held at CFB Valcartier. In the summer of 1984 he attended the Largebore Rifle Course at Camp Argonaut in CFB Gagetown earning a position on the team to attend the Largebore Nationals at the Connaught Ranges in Ottawa. At the nationals, he was selected to be a member of the 1985 Bisley Team. At Bisley the following summer, C/Cpl Young did very well winning several competitions. Some of these included the Sir Arthur Conan Doyal Match, open to all 2500 competitors, the Young Rifleman’s Aggregate open to all under the age of 25 and he was the only Cadet to make the Queen’s top 100. During his last year at 2928 RCACC he was on the rifle team winning the Provincials and attending the Nationals in Regina, Saskatchewan. The summer of 1986 C/Sgt Young was a Staff Cadet for the Largebore Rifle Course in Pacific Region at Pat Bay BC.
During his last year of High School he also started to take action on his long time dream of becoming a pilot and earned his private pilot license before the end of the year at Debert. He went to St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish graduating with a Diploma in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 1990. During those university years Andrew joined the CIL and spent summers at Camp Argonaut and the Connaught Ranges teaching rifle shooting. While waiting to be enrolled in the Regular Force after university graduation, Lt Young was living back in Truro again and was able to return to 2928 RCACC in the fall of 1990. In January 1991, Capt Young became the CO of 2928 RCACC after the quick loss of the only other two officers in the Corps. He coached the rifle team, which won the Provincials and escorted them to the Smallbore Nationals in Ottawa in April 1991. That summer was busy for Capt Young, being the Rifle Company Commander at Camp Argonaut, getting married to wife Shawna at the end of the summer just prior to relinquishing command of 2928 RCACC, and finally enrolling in the regular force as a pilot.
At the time of writing (2007), Capt Young had accumulated over 3000 hours of military jet flying in the CT 114 Tutor, CF 18 Hornet and CT 155 Hawk aircraft at 15 Wing Moose Jaw SK and 4 Wing Cold Lake AB. He has spent most of his career being a flight instructor where he enjoys the one on one instruction that was so similar to the years of one on one rifle instruction and coaching he did in the Cadet movement.
Sadly, his wife passed away from Cancer in 2000 leaving Andrew alone to take care of their son Aaron. Capt Young is currently the sole holder of the highest instructor category in the Canadian Forces on the Hawk aircraft and is in the Standards section of the Central Flying School Detachment in Moose Jaw. In his leisure time he enjoys SCUBA diving, motorcycling and traveling.