Tuan Nguyen Military Professor
Commander, U. S. Navy
Areas of Expertise – Military Security Cooperation Programs, India, Southeast Asia
Commander Tuan Nguyen joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in October 2016. He was commissioned an Ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps in 1996 and lateral transferred to the Foreign Area Officer (FAO) community in 2006. Prior to his posting to DKI APCSS, he was the FAO Assignments Officer at Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee.
His experience in the Asia-Pacific region includes Public Works Officer/Resident Officer in Charge of Construction for Navy Region Singapore; Desk Officer for Cambodia, Philippines and Vietnam at Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, International Plans & Policy Directorate; and Assistant Naval Attaché to India at U.S. Embassy, New Delhi. Other assignments include Naval Construction Support Unit TWO, Port Hueneme, California; Commander, Navy Region Northwest, Bangor, Washington; Engineering Field Activity Northwest, Bremerton Office. He is a graduate of U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Joint and Combined Warfighting School at Norfolk, Virginia.
Cmdr. Nguyen was born in Vung Tau, Vietnam, raised in Chicago, and educated in California. Before joining the United States Navy, he worked for Rockwell International aerospace program and Unocal Oil refineries in Southern California.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer and a member of the Acquisition Professional Community. His personal awards include: the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two), the Navy Commendation Medal (3), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (2), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2).