Commander Vince Quidachay
Oak Harbor High School
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Commander Quidachay is a Chamorro, and he grew up in Vancouver, Washington after his father retired as a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. After enlisting in 1983 and completing the Navy's BOOST Program, Commander Quidachay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Co-Major in Naval Science from Oregon State University. He earned a Master's in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California.
Commander Quidachay served for 20 years as a Surface Warfare Officer primarily in Engineering billets. He made seven deployments on the following ships: Buque Escuela Guayas (An Ecuadorean Ship), the USS ROBERT E. PEARY, the USS NIMITZ, the USS CALLAGHAN, the USS PAUL HAMILTON, the USS FORD and the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Commander Quidachay also attended the Army's Command and General Officer's Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His only shore tour was as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio. He retired in 2009 and immediately started teaching Navy JROTC in San Antonio, Texas, where he led his program to be the NUMBER ONE program in Texas for five straight years and the NUMBER ONE in the NATION in 2017.
Commander Quidachay is married to Karen Dittman of Kalispell, Montana and he has three daughters: Chelsea, who teaches Middle School English in San Antonio; Kendi, who teaches Middle School Math in Spring Branch, Texas and Leah, who is a freshman attending Gonzaga University. Go ZAGS!