Rocky J. Chávez commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in January 1974. At the completion of The Basic School, he attended Fort Sill where he received his first MOS of 0802. Assigned to the First Marine Division he rose from a Forward Observer to Commanding Officer of Battery E, 2d Battalion, 11th Marines. Assigned to the Third Marine Division, he assumed Command of Battery E, 2d Battalion, 12th Marines. After his assignment in Okinawa, he was assigned to the Naval Amphibious School, in Little Creek, Virginia. Captain Chávez attended the Aerial Observer School and then assumed the role of an instructor in Naval Gunfire. Selected for Career Level School, Captain Chávez attended Fort Sill Advance Artillery School and Nuclear Weapon Employment Course. After school, he was assigned to the First Marine Brigade, in Hawaii and became the Commanding Officer of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines. Upon selection to Major, he filled the role of S4, S3 and Executive Officer of 1st Battalion, 12th Marines. Selected to Intermediate School, Major Chávez attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA. After his Joint School, he was assigned the United States Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM) as the Operation and Testing Officer for Central Command. Major Chávez was than assigned as the Commanding Officer of the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, Des Moines, Iowa. Selected to Lieutenant Colonel, he was assigned to 3d Marine Division where he was the G4 Ops for the Division. Later he assumed Command of 4th Battalion, 12th Marines. Upon deactivating 4/12; he was assigned as the Executive Officer of 12th Marines. LtCol Chávez returned to Virginia to be assigned to Plans, Policy and Operations at Headquarters, Marine Corps. Selected to Command another Artillery Battalion, LtCol Chávez was assigned to 2d Marine Division. He assumed command of 5th Battalion, 10th Marines. Promoted to Colonel, he assumed the position of G4 of 2d Division. Col Chávez was than selected to be Chief of Staff for the 4th Marine Division. Col Chávez’s final assignment was at Camp Pendleton where he finished at the G4/Logistics for the base.
His awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (2), National Defense Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3) and the Naval Aviation Observer Badge.
Colonel Chávez is married to Mary Chávez (Seiwert) and they have three children. Their oldest son served in the US Navy and left the Medical Corps as a Lieutenant Commander. Their daughter married a Marine and their youngest son attended the Coast Guard Academy. Mary and Rocky have five grandchildren.
Since his retirement, Col Rocky J Chávez founded the School of Business and Technology and served as Director from 2002-2008. He also served as an Oceanside City Councilmember for seven years, beginning in 2002, as the Acting Secretary for the California Department of Veterans Affairs and as the California State Assembly representative for the 76th Assembly District (Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and Encinitas). Col Chávez currently Chairs the Governor’s Military Council and serves as Assistant Secretary on the Tri-City medical Board of Directors.