Rear Adm. Butch Dollaga is a native of Vallejo, California, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a Master’s in Engineering Management from The George Washington University in Washington, District of Columbia.
His sea tours include, division officer assignments aboard USS Los Angeles (SSN 688), engineer officer aboard USS Rhode Island, (SSBN 740)(B), and executive officer aboard USS Cheyenne (SSN 773). He commanded USS Charlotte (SSN 766) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and was commodore of Submarine Development Squadron 12 in Groton, Connecticut.
His staff assignments include admissions officer at the U.S. Naval Academy; technical assistant to the Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion; nuclear officer program manager and submarine officer community manager on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education); Commander Submarine Pacific prospective commanding officer instructor (Submarine Command Course); chief, program and budget branch on the Joint Staff J8 Directorate (Program and Budget Analysis Division); and director, Congressional Liaison Appropriations Matters Office on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
He has completed three overseas deployments in Pacific Command and five strategic deterrent patrols in the Atlantic. The commands he served with collectively earned four unit awards, five Battle “E”s and U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy.