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Chaz George ('16)

Chaz George ('16) | SUU to the U.S. Navy

Originally published on October 01, 2019.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised on the island of Antigua, Chaz George came to SUU by way of Salt Lake Community College to study coding and computer science. Today, he is training as an aviator at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Following graduation, Chaz discovered he wanted to fly and had an innate desire to serve our nation in the military. His SUU experiences and educational training taught him that he could accomplish whatever he set his mind to, and that he could say 'yes' to opportunities that result in growth, even when those opportunities were outside his comfort zone. So after a stint working in the technical and engineering side of things, he made a career change, joined the Navy, and will receive his naval aviator 'Wings of Gold' in December.  

In addition to his classroom experiences at SUU, Chaz also stepped out of his comfort zone by participating in extracurricular activities like the ballroom dance company, archery club, and the Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science and Engineering leadership board.

"SUU helped prepare me for a life where my work ethic could be used," he says. "It made me more confident to take bigger risks and chase loftier goals."

He is currently training to fly the T-44C multi-engine aircraft, and will soon move to the P-8 Poseidon craft, a submarine hunter used to patrol international waters in order to aid in defending freedom of trade across the world.

When he is not training in the skies above Corpus Christi, he is dreaming of the southern Utah mountains that he misses so much. Because of SUU's unique location he gained a love for the outdoors, including hiking and camping.

"Nothing can replace the experiences you gain hiking and camping with your friends in Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, or any of the other parks in Utah," he says.