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DUBLIN — A novelist who writes in the military thriller genre, Thomas W. “Tom” Young, will present a program at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Bladen Community College Library.

The program is the first in the college’s spring semester Writers Series, which is presented by the Department of Humanities.

A native of North Carolina, Young logged nearly 5,000 hours as a flight engineer flying with the Air National Guard. During his tenure in military service, he flew missions which took him to almost 40 countries, including missions in Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

His military experience led to his military adventure novels, which includeSilent Enemy, The Renegades, The Warriors, and The Mullah’s Storm. He is also authored the nonfiction book, The Speed of Heat: An Airlift Wing at War in Iraq, which was released in 2008. His “Night Flight to Baghdad” appeared in the anthology Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families.

In his civilian occupation, Young worked as a radio anchor and reporter for two years, a writer, editor and newsroom supervisor for The Associated Press Broadcast Service for 11 years, and as a pilot for five years.

Young, who now resides in Virginia, earned his bachelor of arts and master of arts in mass communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and by Bladen Community College.

There is no charge for the program and the public is invited.

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