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Kenton Young enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve in October of 1999 and is still currently serving proudly as a medical technician, assigned to the 514 Air Mobility Wings Aeromedical Staging Squadron (ASTS). Rising to the rank of Master Sergeant, Young has been fortunate to see multiple countries and help thousands of people along the way. Some of his most memorable moments include witnessing an elderly man have the opportunity to see clearly for the first time since childhood because of aid provided by the U.S. and administered by US Armed forces while on a humanitarian mission in Mozambique, Africa. Another, during Operation Iraqi Freedom/ Operation Enduring Freedom, Kenton was humbled by a 19yr old female Army Private he met and cared for while deployed to the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility his unit stood in 2003 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. She had been accidentally run over by a vehicle leaving her disabled from the pelvis down... “her strength, determination, and resilience through it all still humbles me tremendously to this day”, says Young. He now holds the title of Unit Deployment Manager, ensuring all physical and educational training is met for his unit members before sending them out the door. Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do... three core values the USAF has taught him to not only serve within the military but everyday life as well.
Brooklyn born Kenton Young has been a full-time New York City-based videographer for over 22 years, starting as an intern at the age of 17 in High School. He has won nine Emmy awards and 4 AP awards for outstanding video coverage. Since October of 2015, he has worked for CBS News and during that time his assignments have ranged from daily stories in the New York area to major international events. Among the stories Kenton has covered for CBS are Climate Change in Antarctica in 2016, President Obama’s visit to Argentina in 2016, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign, President Trump’s first overseas trip to Saudi Arabia, Italy, Belgium, Israel and Iceland in 2017, the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro and elections in Cuba and two of the recent “caravans” of Central American migrants through Mexico.
“In the end, it is not the years in your life that count, it is the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln