Sector Charleston Deputy Commander:
Commander Nicholas L. Wong
Commander Wong currently serves as the Deputy Commander at Coast Guard Sector Charleston and manages over 700 active duty, reserve and civilian men and women in conducting all Coast Guard missions in the states of South Carolina and Georgia.
Prior to this assignment, he was the Chief of the Domestic Ports Division at Coast Guard Headquarters where he was the program manager responsible for the Coast Guard's Port Security Specialists, Area Maritime Security Committees, Port Recovery and Resiliency, Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Cyber Risk Management.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1997, he was assigned as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the USCGC HARRIET LANE, a medium endurance cutter home ported in Portsmouth, Virginia. Following this tour, Commander Wong moved into the marine safety and security field in various operational and administrative assignments in the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes. He was a member of the Fifth District Marine Safety Staff's District Response Advisory Team (DRAT) and Team Leader for Coast Guard Headquarters Exercise Support Teams where he facilitated contingency preparedness exercises for the Coast Guard, interagency and international partners. As a Detaillee to the Department of Homeland Security's Operations Coordination Division, he served as the head of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Section and Interagency Modeling & Atmospheric Assessment Center (IMAAC) Director. From there, he was the Chief of Prevention at Sector Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan where he managed the Sector-wide operations of Prevention and Marine Safety missions across two Captain of the Port (COTP) zones. Commander Wong was the first sitting Prevention Department Head to earn the SAR Mission Coordinator (SMC) designation.
Commander Wong has Master’s Degrees in Government Information Leadership from National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace as well as Business Administration from Regis University. He has earned the Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, other unit and personal awards, as well as his permanent Marine Safety Insignia.