Chain Of Command

MASON DDG87 Division Org Chart 20220515


Commanding Officer- LTJG William Youngblood

Bill served as an officer in the United States Navy, United States Navy Reserve and United States Army Reserve for more than 22 years. In addition to being Commanding Officer of Mason Division, Bill is currently serving as President of the Philadelphia Council of the Navy League.

Bill joined the military in 1983 as part of the NROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania while attending Drexel University.  He graduated from Drexel in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree (Chemical Engineering), was commissioned as an Ensign and attended the Navy’s Nuclear Power School, Surface Warfare Officer School and other schools before being assigned to the Operations Department of the USS Aylwin (FF-1081) in Newport, RI.  After decommissioning the USS Aylwin, he was assigned to the USS Constellation (CV-64) where he served as a Lieutenant in the Engineering Department.

After completing his active duty commitment, Bill entered the U.S. Navy Reserve, spent several years working as a chemical engineer and attended Temple University Law School in the evening. After graduating from Temple Law, Bill spent approximately ten years at law firms in Philadelphia during which he transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. In 2019, Bill retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Since 2010, Bill has worked at three different pharmaceutical companies as an Intellectual Property attorney.  His current role is Associate General Counsel at American Regent, Inc.

Executive  Officer-Instructor Jeff Shannon, NSCC:

Instructor Shannon has been a volunteer Instructor with the US Naval Sea Cadets since August of 2019 when his son joined the Mason Division. He is a 1996 graduate of Drexel University where he majored in Operations Management. He first worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing and then joined the construction industry where he has 20+ years’ experience managing and consulting on various civil / infrastructure projects including a new port facility on the Delaware River, a US Army airfield, and a Veterans cemetery.

Instructor Shannon also serves as the Vice President of US Navy League – Philadelphia Council and actively serves in various committees at his church and children’s school. He is an avid runner and finished the Marine Corps Marathon in 2017 and 2019. Instructor Shannon is a Philadelphia native and also lived in the central mountains of Colorado for two years.