Commanding Officer, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369
Lieutenant Colonel G. J. Youngberg

A Palm Beach, Florida native, LtCol Youngberg attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida beginning August 1998.  While attending college, LtCol Youngberg enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and served as Motor Vehicle Operator with 4th Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) in West Palm Beach, Florida and C Company, 8th Tank Battalion in Tallahassee, Florida.   LtCol Youngberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing, after which he completed Officer Candidate Course and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in December 2003.  Upon graduating from The Basic School in July 2004, he reported to the Naval Air Training Command in Pensacola, Florida.  LtCol Youngberg was designated a Naval Aviator in April 2006 and reported to Marine Helicopter Training Squadron (HMT) 303 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton, California for replacement aircrew training in the AH-1W Super Cobra.
After completing his initial training in the AH-1W, LtCol Youngberg reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 369 “Gunfighters”, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39 in August 2006.  LtCol Youngberg deployed with the Gunfighters to Al Anbar Province, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in April 2007.  
Afterwards, LtCol Youngberg joined HMLA-367 “Scarface” and again deployed to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in April 2008.  While assigned to HMLA-367, he attended Aviation Safety Officer School in Pensacola, Florida and Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 1-10 in Yuma, Arizona.  Following WTI graduation, he deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan with “Team Scarface” in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in November 2009.  There, he participated in several named operations including Operation MOSHTARAK, otherwise known as the Battle for Marjah.  
While on his first tour in the HMLA, LtCol Youngberg served as Embarkation Officer, Flight Line Officer-in-Charge, Aviation Safety Officer, AH-1 Tactics Officer and Assistant Operations Officer.  During this time, he received the 2010 Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) Alfred A. Cunningham Award for Marine Aviator of the Year.  In April 2011, LtCol Youngberg attended Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) School, earning the Forward Air Controller/Air Officer specialty in preparation for his next assignment. 
In June 2011, LtCol Youngberg joined 1st Marine Raider Battalion to serve as Air/Fires Officer with Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) 81.2 and Air Officer, Marine Special Operations Company (MSOC) C.  He deployed to Herat Province, Afghanistan in January 2012 with SOTF 81.2 and with MSOC C in January 2014 as part of Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) and Naval Special Warfare Unit (NSWU) ONE. 
In April 2014, LtCol Youngberg returned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron (HMLAT) 303 for refresher and series conversion training in the AH-1Z Viper.  Upon completion of refresher training, LtCol Youngberg reported to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron (MAWTS) ONE, serving as an instructor in the Air Officer Department and AH-1 Division from July 2014 to May 2017. 
After MAWTS-1, LtCol Youngberg returned to MAG-39 and was assigned to HMLA-469 “Vengeance”.  In May 2017, LtCol Youngberg assumed duties as Director of Safety and Standardization and was later assigned to the billet of Operations Officer.  In 2018, LtCol Youngberg deployed with Vengeance to Okinawa, Japan in support of Unit Deployment Program 18.2, where he participated in multiple joint/combined exercises, over twelve typhoons and a national mission with Joint Task Force VPOTUS (JTF-VP) aboard the USS Green Bay.  Returning from Okinawa in November 2018, he assumed the billet of Executive Officer until his departure from the squadron in April 2019.   LtCol Youngberg then reported to MAG-39 Headquarters as the Group Operations Officer.  In August 2020, he assumed his current duties as Commanding Officer, HMLA-369, returning home as a “Gunfighter”.
LtCol Youngberg has logged more than 2,200 flight hours, to include over 1,049 hours in combat and 650 night vision goggle hours.  His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with numeral “1” for individual action and Strike/Flight numeral 11, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of fourth award) and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.   He resides with his wife, Brianne, in San Diego, CA.

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing