Rear Adm. Yu is a Navy foreign area officer (FAO), and a native of Evanston, Illinois. He was commissioned in 1993 through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at Stanford University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also holds a Master’s in Diplomacy from Norwich University.
Yu served his at-sea operational tours in the submarine force, aboard USS Louisville (SSN 724) as a division officer, USS Honolulu (SSN 718) as navigation/operations officer, and USS Nevada (SSBN 733) as executive officer. Ashore, he served as flag aide to Commander, Submarine Group Seven (CTF74/54) in Yokosuka, Japan, and as assistant force navigator on the Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team of Commander, Submarine Force Pacific in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Overseas as a FAO, he served as a joint engineer at NATO Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, the Netherlands, which included time as a CJ5 strategic planner at Headquarters International Security Assistance Force (HQ ISAF), Kabul, Afghanistan. After completion of Joint Military Attaché School, Yu was accredited in September 2012 as the US Naval Attaché at US Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea. On staff as a FAO, Yu served on strategy, plans, policy, and mil-to-mil dialog teams while serving as division chief for Northeast Asia Policy (J51) at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Honolulu, Hawaii, and subsequently as OPNAV N3N5 China branch chief (N5i1) at the Pentagon. Yu’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit, and other unit, service, and joint awards. For his work with allied and partner nations, the NATO medal (non-article 5), and the ROK Order of National Security Merit Samil Medal.