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BIOGRAPHY

Johnny Young
Ambassador, Slovenia
Term of Appointment: 10/11/2001 to present

Ambassador Johnny Young is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Career Minister. Previously, Ambassador Young served as Ambassador to the State of Bahrain, to the Republic of Togo, and to the Republic of Sierra Leone. President Bush nominated Ambassador Johnny Young as U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia on June 19, 2001. The U.S Senate confirmed his nomination on August 3, 2001. He was sworn in on October 11, 2001.

Johnny Young began his Foreign Service career in 1967 as a Budget and Fiscal Officer in Antananarivo, Madagascar followed by assignments in 1970 and 1972 as supervisory General Services Officer in Conakry, Guinea and Nairobi, Kenya, respectively. In 1974, he was transferred to Doha, Qatar to provide administrative support to the newly expanded American embassy and the first America ambassador to that country. While in Qatar, Ambassador Young served as Administrative Officer and Charge d' Affaires, a.i. After Qatar, he was assigned to Bridgetown, Barbados as Administrative Counselor.

In 1979, Ambassador Young came to Washington, DC as Career Development Officer in the Bureau of Personnel. This was followed by service as Executive Director for the Office of the Inspector General in 1981. Ambassador Young departed Washington in 1983 to be Administrative Counselor in Amman, Jordan; and in 1985 served at The Hague, Netherlands. In 1988, he was selected for assignment to the Senior Seminar.

During his Foreign Service career, Ambassador Young has received two cash awards for performance, Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, and two Group Honor Awards. He was also involved with Operation "Sharp Edge," which was responsible for U.S. support and evacuation efforts during the Liberian war. In addition, the Sierra Leone mission received a Superior Group Award for their assistance in evacuating U.S. citizens following the coup in Freetown in April 1992.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Young was the recipient of a fellowship to the Fels Institute of State and Local Government at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1990, he was selected by the Philadelphia School Board for the Obermayer Award presented annually to an outstanding graduate of the public school system.

Ambassador Young holds a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Temple University.



Released on November 9, 2001

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