Distinguished Alumni Recipients
He was commissioned in the Navy and went through the Navy Nuclear Propulsion program as a submariner.His career took him to the USS West Virginia, then to Charleston, S.C., where he served as an instructor of a prototype training unit. Commander Deichler has been all over the world, serving in various capacities, from engineering officer to most recently, the Commander of the USS Pittsburgh.
Commander Deichler was nominated by high school teacher Frank Brown who has followed his former student’s career over the years. Deichler is a true ambassador not only for the United States Navy, but for Chartiers Valley too. He credits much of his success to the strong foundation he received at CVSD. Commander Deichler recalls his football coach Gus Marquis telling him he could be a leader in the military, and math teacher Richard “Dick” Schubert sharing stories from his submarine days in World War II.
“It’s a reflection of how great Chartiers Valley is as a school,” he said of all he’s done. “And for me to be able to spread that word globally is great.”
As Commander Deichler was on assignment during the 2019 Academic Excellence Celebration, his sister Kristin Deichler accepted the award on his behalf.