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MECM Wayne A. North, Command Master Chief

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Assignment to PSU 311

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.

Previous Assignments

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.

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