Master Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist (MECM) Wayne A. North assumed the duties as
Command Master Chief of Port Security Unit 311 on May 18, 2012. He is the Senior Enlisted
Advisor to the Commanding Officer of an expeditionary unit responsible for providing port
security in support of military or humanitarian operations worldwide, ready to deploy within
96 hours of notification and establishing sustained operations within 24 hours.
MECM North entered the United States Coast Guard Reserve in 1980. He holds a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, is a Distinguished Graduate
from the U.S. Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, and a graduate of the National
Defense University’s Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course in Joint and Combined Studies.
MECM North’s previous assignments have included: Senior Enlisted Leader, Coast Guard Sector
Seattle Vessel Boarding Security Team; Command Master Chief, Maritime Force Protection Unit,
Bangor; Reserve Command Master Chief, Thirteenth Coast Guard District; Port Security Rating
Force Master Chief, Coast Guard Headquarters; Investigating Officer, MSO Puget Sound; Emergency
and Security Planner, ISC Seattle; Investigating Officer and Boarding Officer, Activities Baltimore;
Section Leader, Maritime Security Team, Activities Baltimore; Fire Team Leader, Port Security Special
Response Team, MSO Providence; and Boat Crewman at various units. As a civilian he currently serves
as the Director of Security for Critical Infrastructure at a Washington State based technology company.
MECM North is also retired from Federal Law Enforcement after 22 years of service where his last
assignment was Special Agent in Charge, Northwest Region, HUD Office of Investigations, based in Seattle, WA.
His awards include: Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with Gold Star,
Coast Guard Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass and 3 “M”
devices, National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of
Commendation Ribbon with Bronze Star, and various other team, unit and service awards.