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  National Threat Level: Elevated

  Commander Nick L. Wong

Chief, Port Operations Division

Commander Wong is currently assigned as the Chief of the Port Operations Division at Coast Guard Headquarters where he is the program manager responsible for oversight and policy development of the nation’s Area Maritime Security Committees, Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Port Risk Analysis. 

Commander Wong began his career at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.  After earning a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Academy in 1997, he was assigned as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the USCGC HARRIET LANE, a medium endurance cutter home ported in Portsmouth, Virginia where he was involved in drug and alien migration interdiction and marine fisheries enforcement.  Following this tour, Commander Wong moved into the marine safety and security field where he has spent the last 14 years of his career in various operational and administrative assignments in the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes.  In previous Coast Guard staff assignments, he was a member of the Fifth District Marine Safety Staff’s District Response Advisory Team (DRAT), Team Leader for Coast Guard Headquarters Exercise Support Teams where he facilitated contingency preparedness for the Coast Guard, as well as its interagency and international partners.  As a Detaillee to the Department of Homeland Security’s Operations Coordination Division, he served as the head of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Section and Interagency Modeling & Atmospheric Assessment Center (IMAAC) Director.  Prior to his current assignment, Commander Wong was the Chief of Prevention at Sector Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan where he managed the Sector-wide operations of Prevention and Marine Safety missions across two Captain of the Port (COTP) zones, 1.9K miles of shoreline & 560 miles of the international maritime border. Commander Wong is distinguished as the first sitting Prevention Department Head to earn the SAR Mission Coordinator (SMC) designation.

Commander Wong has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Regis University.  He has earned the several Coast Guard Commendation Medals, other unit and personal awards, as well as his permanent Marine Safety Insignia. 

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Last Modified 03/26/2013