Battleship North Carolina Announces New Assistant Director
Wilmington's Battleship welcomes Chris Vargas.
WILMINGTON, NC – The USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Commission announces the appointment of Chris Vargo as Assistant Director of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA.
As second in command to the Executive Director, Vargo will manage the day-to-day operations of the Ship and hold the responsibilities for activities of the Maintenance Department to preserve, restore, repair and exhibit the Battleship.
Captain Bragg, Executive Director for the Battleship North Carolina adds, “Chris joins the staff at a critical time. As hull repairs, overnight camping and other major renovations for the Ship are executing or in the planning stage, his education, experience and focus on safety make him uniquely qualified to take on the challenging role. He is a welcome addition to the staff.”
LCDR Chris Vargo served as Chief of the Inspections Division at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sector North Carolina. His responsibilities included ensuring that over 140 certificated passenger and cargo vessels and over 20 regulated waterfront facilities complied with security and safety regulations designed to protect U.S. ports and our citizens. Additionally, he oversaw the screening and safety and security examinations of approximately 900 foreign commercial cargo ships that visit North Carolina each year. He ensured proper federal oversight of all hazardous cargo operations within Sector North Carolina, including explosive cargo transfers at one of the Nation’s largest Department of Defense ammunition depots. Vargo enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1990 and achieved the rank of Chief Electricians Mate before earning a commission in May 2000 through the Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School. His afloat tours include service in the Deck Department in USCGC WOODRUSH (Sitka, AK), as an Electrician in USCGC DILIGENCE (Wilmington, NC), and as the Chief Electrician in USCGC VIGILANT (Cape Canaveral, FL). Ashore, he served as the Executive Officer and Chief of Prevention at Marine Safety Unit Wilmington, NC, as the Military Aide to the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Commander in Portsmouth, VA, as the Chief of Prevention and Senior Investigating Officer at Marine Safety Unit Huntington, WV, as a project manager in the Short Range Aids to Navigation Directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC, and as the Electrical Shop Supervisor at the Coast Guard’s Group Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, VA. LCDR Vargo is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management in 2006 and an Associate of Arts Degree in Electronics Technology in 1999, both from the University of Phoenix. His military decorations include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (four awards), Coast Guard Achievement Medal (three awards), the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, the Humanitarian Service Medal (two awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon, and the permanent Marine Safety Professional Insignia.