Wilmington, North Carolina




LCDR Mike Wu

Prevention Department Head

Lieutenant Commander Mike Wu is currently assigned as the Chief of Prevention at Sector North Carolina. He leads a team of 110 Coast Guard women and men across the Sector, two Marine Safety Detachments, and three Aids to Navigation Teams to execute marine safety & security missions along North Carolina’s 3,375 miles of shoreline, the DoD’s largest munitions handling facility, two national strategic ports, and the Nation’s 2nd largest state ferry system. He also serves as a Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.

Operationally, LCDR Wu served as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC MORGENTHAU (WHEC-722), Assistant Operations Officer at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), Port State Control Chief at Sector Miami, and as an Investigator & Assistant Chief of Inspections at Sector San Francisco. Over the course of his career, he responded to disasters including the Carnival Splendor fire, Deepwater Horizon, and Hurricane Harvey.

LCDR Wu also served as the Chief Speechwriter for General Mark Milley, 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as the Military Assistant to Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, 7th Secretary of Homeland Security.

LCDR Wu graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Government. Additionally, he holds a Master of Business Administration from the Herbert School of Business at the University of Miami and Master of Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two CG Commendation Medals, five CG Achievement Medals, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, 2022 U.S. Secret Service Director’s Award, and 2018 Foster City Proclamation for Heroism.

A native of San Mateo, California, LCDR Wu is married to Lisa Hong, Sector North Carolina Ombudsman, and has a nine-year-old son, Benjamin.


Last Modified: 10 July 2023

The Sector North Carolina Prevention Department is responsible for overseeing maritime safety, security, and environmental protection within North Carolina’s navigable waterways.  Comprised of three primary divisions, Inspections, Investigations, and Waterways Management, we execute various missions such as vessel examinations, aids to navigation, waterfront facility inspections, and marine casualty investigations. 

For questions, please feel free to contact us at (910) 512-5831 or