Security and Government Affairs Consultant

 Tong C. Vang is a security and international business consultant.  In 2013, he retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of honorable service.  He began his military career as an Air Defense Artillery officer and then transitioned to become a Foreign Area Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa.  His last assignment was as Deputy Director of Operations at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies located on the campus of the National Defense University at Fort McNair, Washington, DC.  There, he was responsible for coordinating program planning with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of State, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. embassies, African government officials, international partners and commercial entities. 

Prior to ACSS, Tong served approximately five years in U.S. embassies and traveled throughout Africa from Cairo to Cape Town and Dakar to Djibouti.  Most recently, he was the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to Guinea, whose embassy team secured the successful democratic election of a new president for the first time in the country’s history.  Tong initiated Security Sector Reform with the host nation and served as the U.S. Government representative for the international working group.  He had gone to Guinea after two years in Ghana, where he was the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation.  The regional platform meant he had responsibility over the countries of Togo and Benin as well.  Tong supervised an office with portfolios in humanitarian assistance, education, maritime security and peacekeeping operations. 

He received his commission from the U.S. Military Academy in 1993.  When he returned to teach in the Department of English in 2001, Tong served as an Officer Representative to mentor the men’s soccer team.  He managed the Cadet Fine Arts Forum in order to expand the cadet’s intellectual experiences outside of academics, and he was recognized for his efforts on the Diversity Leadership Council.  Tong holds a Master of Arts degree in Literature from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI.