Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Wong joined the United States Marine Corps after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, attending and completing Officer Candidate School in fall 2001, The Basic School in 2002, and the Infantry Officer Course by November 2002.
In December 2002, Second Lieutenant Wong joined 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander for Company F in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (as part of Task Force Tarawa) in January-June 2003. He deployed with 2/8 again from November 2003-June 2004, serving as the Weapons Platoon Commander and Fire Support Team Leader for Company F. Upon 2/8's return from Afghanistan, First Lieutenant Wong held the following billets: Company F Executive Officer, Assistant Battalion Operations Officer, and Executive Officer of the Camp Commandant Detail, Stability and Support Operations training site at March Air Reserve Base, CA. Upon his End of Active Service (EAS) in June 2005, he dropped/transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve.
In August 2007 to September 2008, Captain Wong mobilized as the Executive Officer for Company F, 2d Battalion, 24th Marines during its deployment to the Ramadi-Fallujah corridor. He later mobilized to serve as Assistant Prepositioning Officer at the Plans, Policies, and Operations (PP&O) Department, Headquarters, Marine Corps (HQMC) from 2009-2011.
In 2012, Major Wong joined 3d Battalion, 25th Marines, where he served as Weapons Company Commander/Battalion Fire Support Coordinator (2012-2014) and Battalion Executive Officer (2014-2015). He participated in the following exercises: Mountain Warfare Training Exercise (2013), Heavy Metal (2014) and Integrated Training Exercise 4-15 (2015).
In 2016, Major Wong accepted orders to serve as Plans Officer at Strategy and Plans Division at PP&O, HQMC, where his portfolio included NORTHCOM, SOUTHCOM, and the Defeat-Violent Extremist Organization military campaign.
His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and three gold stars (in lieu of fourth award) and a Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star.
Lieutenant Colonel Wong has completed Marine Corps Command and Staff College (Resident Course) and Expeditionary Warfare School (Distance Education Program). He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1995 with a B.A. in Print Journalism and George Washington University in 2007 with an M.A. in Security Policy Studies.
In his civilian career, he has worked as a defense contractor planning wargames and exercises for commercial and government clients including the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Office of Naval Research, and various organizations within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.