Commander Chong reports to VENTUROUS from a one year assignment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he served as the Training and Advisory Group’s Detachment Supervisor as well as the lead Operational and Training Advisor for the Maritime Infrastructure Protection Force, a specialized part of the Saudi Arabian Border Guard charged with the protection of maritime critical infrastructure, including petroleum facilities, power plants, water desalination plants, ports, and other high value assets. Prior to deploying to Saudi Arabia, he served as the Executive Officer aboard USCGC VALIANT, homeported in Mayport, Florida.
Previous operational assignments include USCGC ALERT, homeported in Astoria, Oregon where he served as the First Lieutenant and Weapons Officer from 2000-2002 and USCGC NAUSHON, homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska where he served as Executive Officer from 2002-2004. From April 2006 to May 2007, CDR Chong was assigned 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 aboard all six of the forward deployed cutters homeported in Manama, Bahrain and commanded Cutters BARANOF, AQUIDNECK, WRANGELL, MONOMOY, and MAUI. When not assigned to a cutter, CDR Chong served as Officer in Charge of the Coast Guard’s Forward Operating Base at Camp Patriot, Kuwait. After returning to the U.S. in 2007, CDR Chong served for two years as Commanding Officer aboard USCGC KISKA, homeported in Hilo, Hawaii.
CDR Chong’s other staff assignments include serving as the Senior Training Liaison Officer and Assistant Coast Guard Liaison at the U.S. Navy’s Afloat Training Group in Mayport, Florida from 2004-2006 and Chief of the Performance Systems, Food Service, and Health Services Branches at Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, California from 2010-2014.
Originally from Aiea, Hawaii, CDR Chong is a 2000 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He attended graduate school at San Diego State University, earning a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology in 2010. CDR Chong was designated a Certified Performance Technologist by the International Society for Performance Improvement in 2014.
A Permanent Cutterman, CDR Chong’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (with “O” device), three Coast Guard Commendation Medals (with “O” device), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons (with “O” device), among other personal, team, and unit awards.