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Captain Aylwyn S. Young, USCG


Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida

Photo CAPT Young Sector CommanderCaptain Young assumed the duties as Commander, Coast Guard Sector Key West in May 2012.  He serves as the operational commander for Coast Guard missions within a 55,000 square nautical mile region bordering the territorial seas of Cuba and the Bahamas, comprising the Port of Key West, the Southern Straits of Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico.  In his capacity, he oversees three multi-mission Coast Guard Stations, five patrol boats, and an Aids to Navigation Team.

Before assuming command of Sector Key West, he served as Executive Assistant to the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander, where he was his principal’s advisor, scheduler, and speech writer.  He supported Coast Guard operations ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states.

 Captain Young enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1978.  A 1989 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School and a former chief petty officer, he has served over 33 years in a variety of units.  His assignments include Team Leader, Coast Guard Drug Interdiction Assist Team, Atlantic Area; First Lieutenant and Law Enforcement Officer aboard USCGC TAMPA, Portsmouth, Virginia; Chief, Applicant Processing Branch, Headquarters, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command, North Chicago, Illinois; Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Station, St. Clair Shores, Michigan; Administrative Assignment Officer, Coast Guard Personnel Command, Washington, District of Columbia; Commander, Coast Guard Group, Ohio Valley, Louisville, Kentucky; Chief, Office of Defense Representative, U.S. Embassy, San Jose, Coast Rica and as Deputy Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector, Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Captain Young’s enlisted assignments include Chief, Administration Department, Coast Guard Marine Safety Office, Chicago, Illinois; Administrative Assistant in USCGC SPENCER, Boston, Massachusetts and Director of Auxiliary Office, Second Southern Region, Nashville, Tennessee; Coast Guard representative aboard USS PORTLAND, deploying with the U.S. Navy to Central America, South America, and West Africa; Administrative Assistant, Coast Guard Marine Safety Office, Paducah, Kentucky and as crew member aboard USCGC KAW, Cleveland, Ohio.

Captain Young is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education and Development.  He has also completed courses in a variety of Homeland Security, Coast Guard, and Department of Defense mission areas.

Captain Young’s awards include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and various unit commendations and service medals.


KEY WEST, FL  33040

(305) 292-8779

Last Modified 5/12/2015