Pueblo Central Hall of Honor 2011 Inductee

Captain Charles "Chuck" Chotvacs (1960)

His name was Charles, but to his family and friends at Central,

He was Chuck. To the U.S. Navy, he was Captain, and he was the Commander of the USS Alaska, a Trident Class Nuclear submarine.

He was valedictorian of his 1960, active in debate, fond of tennis and golf and always had a job on the side.

He attended the University of Colorado on a Naval ROTC scholarship, which earned him a naval commission. He earned his Phi Beta Kappa Key in chemistry and graduated cum laude with a Bachelors Degree in Science. While at the university, he was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for post-graduate study. He received a Masters of Administration Degree from George Washington University.

After being commissioned in 1964, he completed the Nuclear Power Training Program and then attended Naval Submarine School.

Charles was an instructor at the Naval Nuclear Training Unit, served on the USS Sam Rayburn, USS George C. Marshal, the USS Tunny, USS James K Polk and USS Nathan Hale.

After training at the Trident Training Facility, Charles reported as Prospective Commanding Officer, USS Alaska. Upon Commissioning of the USS Alaska in January 1986, he assumed command of the Gold Crew.

He completed a very distinguished career serving with the Commander-In- Chief Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, VA; Commander Submarine Group Five, San Diego, CA as Chief of Staff, and finally as ACOS Training manager for Commander Training Command Pacific before retiring in June 1993.

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