About the Author
Dr. William Young is a historian of international political and military history. He served as a historian for the United States Air Force from 1982 to 1997, researching and writing histories concerning U-2 operations in Europe and the Middle East, F-15 fighter operations in the Second Allied Tactical Air Force in Europe, worldwide B-1B strategic bomber and KC-135 air refueling operations, as well as Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia operations in the Persian Gulf Region. Dr. Young received numerous awards for his histories, including three Air Force History of the Year Awards. His works include Quest for Group Status: The 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron and Its Organizational History 1954-1990 (1990); The Evolution of Air Force Operations at Grand Forks Air Force Base 1954-1993 (1993); Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia Coalition Flights over the Southern Iraq No-Fly Zone, 1992-1993 (1994); European War and Diplomacy 1337-1815: A Bibliography (2003); International Politics and Warfare in the Age of Louis XIV and Peter the Great (2004); and German Diplomatic Relations 1871-1945: The Wilhelmstrasse and the Formulation of Foreign Policy (2006). Dr. Young is currently the Associate Director of International Programs and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of North Dakota. He lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota.