Captain Mong is a native of Huey, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Grove City College in May 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and received his commission at Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He received his Master’s degree in National Security Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Captain Mong’s at-sea assignments included a division officer tour on USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730)(Gold), a department head assignment on USS MIAMI (SSN 755), an executive officer assignment on USS ALEXANDRIA(SSN 757) and a command tour on USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER (SSN 709). During his division officer tour he completed seven strategic deterrent patrols, as a department head he conducted a CENTCOM/EUCOM deployment and during his executive officer assignment he deployed “around the world” on a combined ARCTIC/WESTPAC/EUCOM deployment. As Commanding Officer, USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER (SSN 709), he completed a Decommission Inactivation Availability at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
On shore-duty, Captain Mong was assigned as the Tactical Products Officer at SUBMARINE DEVELOPMENT SQUADRON TWELVE, department head on the SUBMARINE TACTICAL READINESS EVALUATION TEAM ATLANTIC and the Deputy Commander for Readiness at SUBMARINE SQUADRONS TWO, FOUR, and TWELVE. His post-command tours included Deputy Chief for Joint Security Office Forward on the staff of U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND and Director of Training at NAVAL SUBMARINE SCHOOL. Captain Mong most recently served as Commanding Officer of the Naval ROTC unit at Purdue University.
In October 2015, Captain Mong took command of the Naval ROTC Maryland Consortium (UMD/UMBC) and assumed duties as the Professor of Naval Science.
Captain Mong has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (7 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards) and various campaign and unit awards including Battenburg Cup and Battle Efficiency ‘E’ awards.