Colonel Ralph R. Young graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1965. He participated in the Army ROTC program and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and earned the honor of distinguished graduate. After completing a Masters in Economics from George Washington University in 1969, Ralph began a purposeful ascent through significant assignments in both his civilian and military careers.
Colonel Young had a distinguished career in the US Army Reserves and contributed to the Armed Forces in many command and staff positions. He served as Commander, 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, and Deputy Commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command. Colonel Young earned his Doctor of Business Administration in 1975 and his Post-Masters in International Affairs at the Army War College in 1981. While serving on the Central Command staff, he was activated for the First Gulf War. He served as a senior advisor to the Kuwaiti Government in exile, and also later in the theater of war. He developed plans in Washington and then entered Kuwait on the invasion day of liberation, taking immediate responsibility for Human Services. He was decorated for his contributions to the war and retired after 30 years of outstanding service. He served his country in the rank of colonel from 1983 to 1995.
His awards and decorations include the Armed Forces Service Medal, Commendation Medal with clusters, and the Meritorious Service Medal with clusters. He was also awarded the Bronze Star for Exemplary Service in Combat Operations, the Freedom Award from The Government of Kuwait, and the Humanitarian Service Award.
Ralph Young has also been an active alumnus. While at UNH, he was elected Class President and still holds that position. Since his graduation in 1965, he has provided consistent and strong leadership to other class officers throughout the years and participated actively in all reunions.
Currently Principal Software Systems Engineer with The MITRE Corporation, Ralph Young has held numerous positions in the field of systems and processing engineering. Dr. Young has been a leader in his field, and he has written several books related to his profession. While advancing rapidly in his civilian career, he has worked for Northrop Grumman, Litton PRC, TRW, and Martin Marietta. His expertise and untiring efforts have resulted in significant contributions to the Department of Defense.
His military and civilian contributions improved our National Security. For outstanding service to the University of New Hampshire and the United States Army Reserves, Colonel Ralph R. Young is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.