Wayne Fong’s family has a strong legacy of military service. In his immediate family, his dad retired from the Army as a Sergeant First Class, his older brother retired as a Navy Captain, and his other brother is still Active Duty Army.
In his extended family, he has another 15 or so aunts, uncles, nieces, and cousins who were in the military dating back to World War I. His lineage is so strong, his mom's cousin, Elsie Wong, was one of the first Chinese-American females to serve in the US Military.
After 20 years of service in the United States Navy (USN), Wayne Fong retired after serving as a P3 Navigator, Recruiter, Commandant Staff at the US Naval Academy, Crisis Action Cell Logistician and HR Special Projects Officer.
Although Wayne enjoys his life as a management consultant, he never forgets an experience in the Navy when a routine air patrol turned into a search and rescue mission. His team was monitoring communications when a helicopter failed to respond to a call.
It was later discovered that there were no survivors amid the miscellaneous flight gear seen near the crash site, amid turbulent waters filled with sea snakes. The incident reminded him that his job was both exciting, dangerous, and one that could easily change within minutes if not seconds.
During his first operational tour in Patrol Squadron Twenty-Two, Wayne served with a Chief Petty Officer who made a lasting impression on him. He relied on him for his knowledge and experience not only to help him pass his flight certifications, but he also provided Wayne advice and mentorship that have been integral to his success throughout his three-year tour in the squadron. The Chief’s constant professionalism and unselfish willingness to spend time with his senior for him to succeed made an enormous impact on Wayne’s life.
Although Wayne was unsure as to what he wanted to do when he transitioned out of the Navy, his first job as a consultant demonstrated that there were similar success factors learned in the Navy that could help him succeed in industry - solving problems, thinking on his feet, maintaining flexibility, and relying on teams and colleagues to meet a common objective. Despite the similarities to the military, Wayne thrives on being able to use creativity and innovation to solve business problems and help clients.