Executive Officer
Lieutenant Col. Gregory Youngberg

A Boynton Beach, Florida native, LtCol Youngberg attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where he earned a B.S. in Business Marketing.  Afterwards, he completed Officer Candidate Course and was commissioned a 2ndLt in the Marine Corps in December 2003.  Upon graduating The Basic School in July 2004, he reported to flight school in Pensacola, Florida, designated a Naval Aviator in March 2006 and reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron (HMLAT) 303 for replacement aircrew training in the AH-1W.  In August 2006, LtCol Youngberg reported to the HMLA-369 “Gunfighters” where he deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq in support of OIF in April 2007.  LtCol Youngberg then joined HMLA-367 “Scarface” and deployed to Iraq again in support of OIF in April 2008.  While assigned to HMLA-367, he attended Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 1-10 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of OEF in November 2009 – May 2010. Following OEF in 2010, LtCol Youngberg was awarded the 2010 MCAA Alfred A. Cunningham Award for Marine Corps Aviator of the Year. 

In June 2011, LtCol Youngberg joined 1st Marine Raider Battalion as an Air Officer/Forward Air Controller with Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) 81.2 and Marine Special Operations Company (MSOC) C, where he deployed twice:  to Afghanistan in support of OEF in 2012 and a second time to Guam in 2014.  In July 2014, LtCol Youngberg reported to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron (MAWTS) ONE to serve as an instructor in the Air Officer Department and AH-1 Division.  In May 2017, he returned to MAG-39 and was assigned to HMLA-469 “Vengeance”, where he served as Operations Officer and Executive Officer.  In 2018, LtCol Youngberg deployed to Okinawa, Japan in support of UDP 18.2 with HMLA-469. Upon his return stateside, he reported to MAG-39 Headquarters as the Group Operations Officer.  In August 2020, LtCol Youngberg assumed command of HMLA-369.  While in command, he deployed to Okinawa in support of UDP 22.1 in Nov 2021 – May 2022.  LtCol Youngberg relinquished command in June 2022 and in August, LtCol Youngberg assumed his current duties as Executive Officer, 11th MEU Command Element. 

LtCol Youngberg has logged more than 2,500 flight hours, to include over 1,049 hours in combat.  His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), 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 Fallbrook, CA.

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit