Charles “Chuck” Massey, a Vietnam era veteran who served in the Navy from 1975-1979 and now is business officer for the RIMAC arena at UCSD, was saluted as the university’s Veteran of the Year on Wednesday.
Several co-workers in his office nominated him for the annual honor, listing “the many selfless deeds he performs for them regularly and (listing) his volunteer work in the community to show his service spirit on their nomination forms,” according to Boughton, Billiekai of the UCSD Veterans Assocation.
The honor goes to a UCSD staff member or student “who has gone above and beyond his or her UC San Diego career duties to impact their surroundings or community,” according to a press release.
In addition to his work on campus, Massey has been a volunteer youth baseball and basketball coach. president of Mira Mesa High School Football Boosters Club, a member of the Mira Mesa School Sports Committee and now , volunteers at Westview High’s snack bar.
UCSD, which also held a flag display and taps ceremony to honor vets, has about 310 students who have served in the military.