Sergeant Major Michael L. Youngblood enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1999 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California followed by Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, California. Upon completion of training he transferred to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar California with VMFAW One-Two-One, Green Knights for OJT prior to receiving orders to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for training as an aviation mechanic in general aviation, upon completion of his training at Pensacola Sergeant Major Youngblood reported to Naval Aviation Maintenance Group Training Detachment in Whidbey Island Oak Harbor, Washington where he was assigned MOS 6213 as an EA-6B Engine Mechanic.
In November, 1999 Sergeant Major Youngblood received orders to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point North Carolina, Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Three (VMAQ-3) and was assigned to the Powerline Division. In November of 2000 Sergeant Major Youngblood deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Southern Watch, during this deployment Sergeant Major Youngblood was meritoriously promoted to Corporal in March of 2001. Upon his return from deployment, Sergeant Major Youngblood was selected as Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) Willie D. Sproule Maintenance Marine of the Year for 2001. In November of 2001, Sergeant Major Youngblood deployed to Turkey in support of Operation Northern Watch, where he was promoted in January 2002 to the rank of Sergeant.
In May, 2002 Sergeant Major Youngblood reported to Marine Security Guard School in Quantico, Virginia. Upon Graduation from MSG school Sergeant Major Youngblood was assigned to the American Embassy, San Jose, Costa Rica, for a fifteen month tour. While serving in San Jose, Costa Rica Sergeant Major Youngblood received a Department of State meritorious honor award for superior service for the periods of September 2002 through March 2003. In December 2003 Sergeant Major Youngblood reported to American Consulate, Jeddah Saudi Arabia for his second assignment as a Marine Security Guard and was assigned as the Assistant Detachment Commander. In August 2004 Sergeant Major Youngblood was promoted to Staff Sergeant, while serving as Watch Stander and Detachment Commander , he was also recognized as Bravo Companies Marine Security Guard of the Quarter 4th Qtr 2004.
In June 2005 Sergeant Major Youngblood reported to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron One (VMAQ-1) as Power-Line Division Chief. While assigned to VMAQ-1 Sergeant Major Youngblood deployed multiple times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2005 to February 2006, again in January 2007 to July 2007. Upon his return Sergeant Major Youngblood moved from the Power-Line Division to the Maintenance Control Division. Sergeant Major Youngblood deployed again to Iraq in July 2008 where he was promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in October 2008. Sergeant Major Youngblood returned from Iraq in February of 2009 and reported to the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Academy as a student for Advanced Course. Upon graduating Advanced Course Sergeant Major Youngblood deployed three months later to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Maintenance Control Chief.
In May 2010 Sergeant Major Youngblood reported to Marine Corps Base Quantico VA, as the EA-6B Training Analyst responsible for implementing Aviation Training Policy and coordinating the efforts of Training and Education Command (TECOM) Aviation Standards Branch (ASB), regarding Marine Aviation Training and its requirements. Sergeant Major Youngblood played a key role in the implementation of the Aviation Training and Readiness standards replacing the legacy MATMEP structure. In October 2013 Sergeant Major Youngblood reported to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Three (VMAQ-3) and shortly after was selected to the rank of First Sergeant.
In January 2014 Sergeant Major Youngblood reported to 2D Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2D Marine Division, in Camp Lejeune, NC as the First Sergeant for Company A in which he participated in multiple training exercise to Twenty Nine Palms, California and Ft. A.P Hill, Virginia while also having oversight of platoons within the company deployed in support of the UDP and MEU operations around the world. In March of 2015 Sergeant Major Youngblood was assigned to the Command Element SPMAGTF for the 2015 Fleet Week in New York City overseeing over 400 Marines and Sailors in the execution of over 100 community relation events. In September of 2015 Sergeant Major Youngblood reported to 2d Battalion 10th Marines Regiment, 2d Marine Division as the First Sergeant for Battery G. In June 2016 Sergeant Major Youngblood deployed on the USS San Antonio (LPD) with 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit, Battalion Landing Team 1/6, Battery G in support of worldwide operations.
In March 2017 Sergeant Major Youngblood was selected to attend the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy at Ft. Bliss Texas where he spent ten months of studying battle staff operations, military history, and command leadership. During this time Sergeant Major Youngblood completed his Masters degree in Management and Organizational leadership. June 2018, upon completion of the Army Sergeants Major Academy Sergeant Major Youngblood was transferred to 1st Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment in Camp Lejeune, NC as the Battalion Sergeant Major and deployed in December 2018 with the 22d MEU.
Sergeant Major Youngblood is married with two children, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, a Masters degree in Management, Sergeant Major Youngblood also holds a Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplants license.
Sergeant Major Youngblood’s personal decorations include Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device (V), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star, and the Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star.