CDR Fella completed a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University, and was commissioned at Officer Candidate School in 1998.
His first sea tour was aboard USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68), as the Electronic Warfare Officer and later the Training Officer during workups and a Mediterranean deployment. In the spring of 2002, he reported to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as a Reactor Mechanical Division Officer during workups and a Western Pacific deployment.
In 2004, he served in the Maritime Coordination Element at Camp Lemonnier as part of CJTF-HOA. After returning from Djibouti, he worked at Navy Recruiting Region South until 2006.
His first department head tour was as the Operations Officer aboard USS DOYLE (FFG 39) for workups and a West African deployment. In April 2008, he reported to USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) as the Reactor Electrical Assistant.
In June 2010, he reported to Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) as a Maritime Planner and stood Battle Watch Captain in the Joint Operations Center. During his second year at SOCEUR, he transitioned from the Eastern Europe Regional Working Group to focus on Western Europe and the Levant. Upon returning from the Joint & Combined Warfighting School in the spring of 2012, he began serving as the Executive Officer for Major General Michael S. Repass.
He deployed to the Indian Ocean as the Executive Officer on USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG 95) in May 2014. Chad then served as the Force Reactor Training Assistant at Naval Air Forces Atlantic through June 2016.
In July 2016, CDR Fella reported to USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) as the Assistant Reactor Officer, and participated in four Pacific patrols and four maintenance availabilities.
He reported as the site Executive Officer for Nuclear Power Training Unit Charleston in August 2018.
CDR Fella is authorized to wear the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with five bronze service stars. In addition to various campaign and unit awards presented to teams of which he has been a member, his contributions have been recognized by the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals and the Joint Commendation Medal.