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Hung Cao

StateVirginia
District10
StatusChallenger
Websitehttps://www.hungcaoforcongress.com

Captain Cao arrived in the United States in 1975 as a refugee from Vietnam. He spent most of his youth in West Africa and returned to the United States in 1982. He graduated with the first graduating class from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in 1989, and entered the Navy as a Seaman Recruit. He was commissioned from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering and immediately commenced training in the Navy’s Special Operations program.

After Dive School and Surface Warfare School, he reported to USS GRASP (ARS 51) in 1997 as the Assistant Chief Engineer, then as the Operations Officer, where he conducted high profile salvage operations including the recovery of John F. Kennedy Jr. and the Civil War Ironclad USS MONITOR. In 2001, after Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) school, he reported as Officer In Charge (OIC) to EOD Mobile Unit TWO detachment 26 while deploying with TRUMAN Carrier Strike Group for the launch of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2003, he reported as OIC for EOD Mobile Unit THREE Detachment Southwest where he supported local and federal law enforcement agencies in over 200 emergency responses in the San Diego area as part of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2005, he was selected as Flag Aide to Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet/Allied Joint Command Lisbon/Strike Force NATO. In 2006 he attended the Naval Postgraduate School and graduated with a Masters in Applied Physics. While attending school he helped to form and personally trained the Monterey County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad. In 2009, he deployed to Iraq as the OIC for the Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC). This multi-national, multi-agency, and multi-service unit processed all IEDs in theatre for technical and forensics intelligence and was credited in the conviction of hundreds of terrorists. In 2010, he reported to Riverine Squadron ONE as Executive Officer and led the Squadron’s last combat deployment to Iraq. In November 2011, CAPT Cao reported to OPNAV N96 where he worked requirements for Anti- Terrorism, Force Protection (AT/FP), Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS), Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRND) for the Navy. CAPT Cao commanded the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) from 2013 – 2016. NDSTC is the largest diving facility in the world where more than 1400 Special Operations and Deep Sea Divers from all five military branches, U.S. Government Agencies and Allied Nations train each year. Following command, CAPT Cao reported to OPNAV N80 “the Bullpen” as the section head for Munitions, Science and Technology Expeditionary Warfare and Special Warfare program analysis. He was responsible for programming $15B of the Navy’s $140B annual budget.


In July 2018 CAPT Cao reported to Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as Division Chief (J3X) in charge of Sensitive Activities, Exploitation of recovered Improvised Threats, Counter-Unmanned Systems, Joint Expeditionary Teams, and counter-messaging. He deployed as the Director of Counter- Improvised Threats, advising the Commander, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) on training and equipping Afghan National Defense Security Forces and more than 30 Coalition nations. He is a Fellow for MIT Seminar XXI and Harvard Senior Executive Fellowship.


CAPT Cao is authorized to wear the EOD Officer, Special Operations, Diving Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, Master EOD Technician and Naval Parachutist Badges. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and four Navy Achievement Medals. CAPT Cao is also recipient of Monterey County Peace Officers’ Association 2008 Citizen of the Year, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Distinguished Service Award, the Key to Panama City, and the Army Corps of Engineers’ Bronze DeFleury Medal. Among his numerous awards, his highest achievement was his nomination as an honorary Chief Petty Officer by his Chief’s Mess at NDSTC. He is native linguist in French and Vietnamese. He is married and has five children.


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Young Gun   

Hung Cao

StateVirginia
District10
StatusChallenger
Websitehttps://www.hungcaoforcongress.com

Captain Cao arrived in the United States in 1975 as a refugee from Vietnam. He spent most of his youth in West Africa and returned to the United States in 1982. He graduated with the first graduating class from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in 1989, and entered the Navy as a Seaman Recruit. He was commissioned from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering and immediately commenced training in the Navy’s Special Operations program.

After Dive School and Surface Warfare School, he reported to USS GRASP (ARS 51) in 1997 as the Assistant Chief Engineer, then as the Operations Officer, where he conducted high profile salvage operations including the recovery of John F. Kennedy Jr. and the Civil War Ironclad USS MONITOR. In 2001, after Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) school, he reported as Officer In Charge (OIC) to EOD Mobile Unit TWO detachment 26 while deploying with TRUMAN Carrier Strike Group for the launch of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2003, he reported as OIC for EOD Mobile Unit THREE Detachment Southwest where he supported local and federal law enforcement agencies in over 200 emergency responses in the San Diego area as part of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2005, he was selected as Flag Aide to Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet/Allied Joint Command Lisbon/Strike Force NATO. In 2006 he attended the Naval Postgraduate School and graduated with a Masters in Applied Physics. While attending school he helped to form and personally trained the Monterey County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad. In 2009, he deployed to Iraq as the OIC for the Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC). This multi-national, multi-agency, and multi-service unit processed all IEDs in theatre for technical and forensics intelligence and was credited in the conviction of hundreds of terrorists. In 2010, he reported to Riverine Squadron ONE as Executive Officer and led the Squadron’s last combat deployment to Iraq. In November 2011, CAPT Cao reported to OPNAV N96 where he worked requirements for Anti- Terrorism, Force Protection (AT/FP), Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS), Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRND) for the Navy. CAPT Cao commanded the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) from 2013 – 2016. NDSTC is the largest diving facility in the world where more than 1400 Special Operations and Deep Sea Divers from all five military branches, U.S. Government Agencies and Allied Nations train each year. Following command, CAPT Cao reported to OPNAV N80 “the Bullpen” as the section head for Munitions, Science and Technology Expeditionary Warfare and Special Warfare program analysis. He was responsible for programming $15B of the Navy’s $140B annual budget.


In July 2018 CAPT Cao reported to Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as Division Chief (J3X) in charge of Sensitive Activities, Exploitation of recovered Improvised Threats, Counter-Unmanned Systems, Joint Expeditionary Teams, and counter-messaging. He deployed as the Director of Counter- Improvised Threats, advising the Commander, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) on training and equipping Afghan National Defense Security Forces and more than 30 Coalition nations. He is a Fellow for MIT Seminar XXI and Harvard Senior Executive Fellowship.


CAPT Cao is authorized to wear the EOD Officer, Special Operations, Diving Officer, Surface Warfare Officer, Master EOD Technician and Naval Parachutist Badges. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and four Navy Achievement Medals. CAPT Cao is also recipient of Monterey County Peace Officers’ Association 2008 Citizen of the Year, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Distinguished Service Award, the Key to Panama City, and the Army Corps of Engineers’ Bronze DeFleury Medal. Among his numerous awards, his highest achievement was his nomination as an honorary Chief Petty Officer by his Chief’s Mess at NDSTC. He is native linguist in French and Vietnamese. He is married and has five children.


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