Vince Chong is an aerospace engineer specialising in system safety, aviation software, avionics, project and change management. He joined the the Air Force in 1997 and continues to serve today as a Wing Commander.
He was an Maintenance Engineering Officer at No. 37 Squadron (C-130J Hercules), Aviation/Software Design Engineer at the Air Lift Systems Program Office, Aide-de-Camp to Air Commander Australia, Integrated Electronics and Electronic Warfare Project Manager for the Australian Super Hornet Project, the USA-based Resident Project Officer for the Australian Super Hornet and the Lead for Aviation System Safety and Software Certification. In the latter role, he authored two papers that proposed new arrangements to improve the communication, management and escalation of aviation risk within the Australian Defence Force.
He deployed to the Middle East with the AP3-C Orion aircraft as communications officer in charge of information technology command and control network systems in 2003. He was awarded an Australian Defence Force Silver commendation for the capability delivered and leadership in this role.
Vince worked as the Defence LGBTI Information Service Media Liaison/Communications Officer from 2006 to 2009, and worked with Department of Defence to co-ordinate the first LGBTI diversity seminar that explored ways that Defence could improve support for LGBTI personnel. He took over as President in 2012, where he implemented new governance arrangements, and led the effort to incorporate the association. He remains focussed on creating a sustainable association for members, and an organisation capable of delivering sustainable LGBTI advice to Department of Defence and Government. He was awarded an Australian Defence Force Gold commendation in 2013 for services delivered to improve diversity and inclusion. A second Gold commendation was awarded for the rapid development and deployment of capability development decision making software in 2015.
Vince is a Graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and has a Masters of the Military and Defence Studies from the Australian National University.
Vince is currently the Commanding Officer of Maritime Patrol Systems Program Office in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group for the Department of Defence.
His family includes his partner Harley.
For more information about his experience and job history, please visit Vince's LinkedIn Profile.