Rear Adm. Dollaga is a native of Vallejo, California, and a 1990 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a Master in Engineering Management from 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 also served as commodore of Submarine Development Squadron 12, 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 the submarine officer community manager on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education); Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet 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 (FMBE) on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (FM&C).
He has completed three overseas deployments in Indo-Pacific Command and five strategic deterrent patrols in the Atlantic.
Dollaga assumed his current duties as commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center in May 2018.
The units he served with collectively earned four unit awards, five Battle “E”s, and U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy.