United States Coast
Lieutenant Commander Matthew M.
Executive Officer, USCGC VALIANT
Lieutenant Commander Matt Chong assumed his duties as Executive Officer of CGC VALIANT in August 2014, after serving four years at Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, California as the Chief of the Performance Systems, Food Service, and Health Services Branches. Originally from Aiea, Hawaii, LCDR Chong is a 2000 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
After serving as a Platoon Officer for the Academy’s Cadet Basic Training Program, LCDR Chong served as Deck Watch Officer, First Lieutenant, and Weapons Officer in CGC ALERT in Astoria, Oregon. He then served as Executive Officer of CGC NAUSHON in Ketchikan, Alaska. After leaving Alaska, LCDR Chong served as Senior Training Liaison Officer and Assistant Coast Guard Liaison at the U.S. Navy’s Afloat Training Group in Mayport, Florida.
From April 2006 to May 2007, LCDR Chong forward deployed to the Middle East in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia Relief Patrol Boat Crew. During his time in theater, he sailed in all six forward deployed cutters and commanded Cutters BARANOF, AQUIDNECK, WRANGELL, MONOMOY, and MAUI. When not assigned to a cutter, LCDR Chong served as Officer in Charge of the Coast Guard’s Forward Operating Base at Camp Patriot, Kuwait.
After returning to the U.S., LCDR Chong served as Commanding Officer of CGC KISKA in Hilo, Hawaii. Prior to reporting to Training Center Petaluma, he attended graduate school at San Diego State University, earning a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology.
A Permanent Cutterman, LCDR Chong’s
awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with operational device, Coast
Guard Commendation Medal with operational device (two awards), and Navy and
Marine Corps Commendation Medal, among other personal and unit awards.