Commander Gon, a native of Buffalo, New York, graduated from the Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 2003.
After receiving a commission from the USNA, CDR Gon served as the Auxiliaries Officer and First Lieutenant on USS STETHEM (DDG 63), earning his Surface Warfare Officer designation. He transferred to USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) and served as the Navigator. Upon completion of his tour on GERMANTOWN, CDR Gon transferred to Officer Training Command-Newport as a Class Officer and Navigation instructor and earned a Master of Business Administration from Salve Regina University in 2009.
In 2010, CDR Gon laterally transferred to the METOC community and attended the Naval Postgraduate School earning a Master of Science in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology in 2013. In 2016, CDR Gon was selected for the Ph.D. program at Naval Postgraduate School. In 2019, CDR Gon earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography.
CDR Gon served as Ship’s Oceanographer for USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) and Operations Officer at Fleet Weather Center San Diego. CDR Gon recently completed service in Fifth Fleet as the Fleet Oceanographer and Maritime Operations Center Executive Officer.
CDR Gon currently serves as the Commanding Officer, Naval Ice Center, and the Director, U.S. National Ice Center.