Commander Joseph Sicinski-USAF(Retired)-Port Orange, FL
Education and Training:
- 1949 – Graduated Manhattan High School of Aviation, NY City, NY with Honor Award as Outstanding Student
- 1950 – Received scholarship to Casey Jones Academy of Aeronautics, LaGuardia Airport, New Was equivalent of Embry Riddle at that time. Attended one year and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to serve in Korea
- 1951 – USAF School, Keesler Air Force, Biloxi Mississippi, for specialty training in: Electronics Systems 22 Systems studied APN-1, APQ-13, APG-15, SCR-695, and SCR-719
- 1952 – Keesler Air Force Base Airborne Radar Systems Technician 14 weeks APS-45 and APS-20 for AEW aircraft.
- 1952 – Lockheed at San Diego, Cal Naval Air Aircraft APS-45 Aircraft Height Finder. In-flight Operation and Maintenance 8 weeks
- 1952 – Lockheed at San Diego, Cal, Naval Air Aircraft APS-20
- Search Radar In-flight Operation and Maintenance 8 weeks
- 1954 – Lockheed Aircraft Corp, Burbank, RC-121 AEW Aircraft Radio and aircraft instrument systems 3 weeks
- 1951 – 1955 Served as Senior Radar systems Director on U.S Air Force RC- 121 Airborne Early Warning aircraft flying missions far in the Pacific Ocean in search of ships and aircraft approaching the US western border. This was a new program for Us Air Force and Navy. I flew as Senior Radar Director with a crew of eight Radar Station Operators teaching them all system operations
- 1954 – Stewmt Warner Corp, Chicago, Ill, GPA-16 Electronic Aircraft Identification System 4 weeks
- 1957 -Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York Electrical
- Engineering 36 months
- 1960 – Rensselaer Polly Tech Institute, New York, Engineering Writing for Military _Manuals and Documentation 8 weeks
- 1962 – John College, New York, Government Procurement Law Four weeks
- 1963 – 1970, Officer and program director for Execuleaders, Inc Business organization teaching leadership skills to small business owners at monthly meetings
Professional Employment History:
- 1955 – Before leaving the military, Lockheed Aircraft hired me as a Technical Representative at JFK Airport, New York on their service contract with the Navy on the RC-121 AEW aircraft that Joe flew on as Senior Radar Systems director with a crew of eight ainnen in my last two years in the Air Force
- 1957 -Hired by Renner, Inc as a Technical Writer writing technical manuals and documentation for a variety of military training systems used by all branches of the military
- 1959 – Co-founder of start-up company, Theil, Inc preparing Technical Manuals for military training equipment. Was Senior Vice President
- 1961 – Went public with Theil, Inc trading on NASDAQ Small Cap. Served as Company acquired 1969 by private investment group
- 1970 – Joined lnterglobal Technical Services as Exec Vice President Corporate Development. Company served the aerospace industry with high level engineers and designers on contract assignments for new product development
- 1991 -Acquired Avionics Research Corp, Orlando, FL, Aerospace, engineering service firm as Company was under contract with Northrop Grumman to provide engineers and technical writers under contract assignment as ARC employees. Grew business to 18 million annual sales. Served as President
- 1994 -Acquired assets of Job Shop Technical Services,
- and reorganized as Resource Management Inc. Further expanded with clients in the aerospace industry providing contract engineers and designers. Company grew to 29 million in Served as President and CEO
- 1995 – Formed Trans Global Services, Inc (TGSI) and operated Avionics Research Corp and Resource Management Inc as wholly owned subsidiaries of Trans Global Services Inc. Combined company grew to 71 million in annual sales. Served as President and CEO
- 1996 Reversed merged TGSI with Small Cap NASDAQ traded company with TGSI as surviving company. Reinstated trading on NASDQ as Trans Global Services, Inc
- 2005 TGSl merged with Pendragon Technical services a Texas Based service Sicinski suffered with open heart surgery, bladder and prostate cancer and retired to live in Florida
Advocacy on Behalf of Veterans:
- Joe work as the President (Commander) Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 189, Northeast from 2014 to present is without
- His aggressive work on behalf of Veterans in the Chapter focuses on education of the Veterans through presentations by organizations, military, or government officials to support the needs of Chapter members. His success in advocating for his members has met with. Accolades from the Veterans and their families. He makes his work meaningful through passion and hard work.
- Vice President Korean War Veterans Association Department of Florida (DOF), from 2014 to present. His active leadership provides education and benefit in working with 14 Chapter Commanders regarding Association By-Laws, activities, membership, and National KWVA
- Mr. Sicinski serves as the Vice President & Member of Board of Veterans Museum and Education Center, Inc, Daytona Beach Florida from 2015 to present. His drive through excellence is a tribute to the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women who have defended our Freedom and Liberty. Joe uses his leadership to educate future generations of the cost of Freedom. He provides a welcome place for all to express pride in country. Through Joe’s incredible work the museum has expanded each year and has become the “Go to” visitor site for Daytona Beach, FL.
- Airman Sicinski’s unprecedented work in the VFW Post 3282, Port Orange, Florida, has enhanced fundraising activities, food drives for veteran families in need, assisting homeless veterans, participation in burial services for deceased veterans. Ibis Post has become one of the largest and most active in the country due to the leadership and passion exhibited by Joe. His actions and time devoted to Veterans has certainly saved lives in despair.
- Sicinski’s time and compassion with numerous veterans investigating illnesses they currently suffer with, and how their illness may be service connected, are commendable on so many levels. Researched the veteran’s exposure to incidents during normal duty or exposure to toxic materials. I then create a document to validate veterans claim this is essential for the VA to evaluate and judge the veterans claim. He shows that he cares, which for many is a Godsend. In addition to the priceless work by Joe he still finds the time to add his experience and counsel to the many Veteran Service Organizations. Joe never seeks compensation for time or monies spent. To give is what he does, everyday!!!
- Active Life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 104
- Active Life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 84
- Active Life member of American Legion Post 361
- Annual supporter Tunnel to Towers Foundation
- Active supporter Gold Star Mothers and Purple Heart Association
- Active member Volusia County Fla Veterans Council
- Active member Marine Corps league of Daytona
- Active life member Veterans Museum and Education Center, Inc
Nominee’s Civic Activities and Contributions:
- Served 10 years as Commander Long Island Nautical Cadets with a membership of 400 young cadets and waves. Operated out of public schools each designated by a naval ship name. Held weekly meetings teaching military procedures on deck and classroom education using US. Navy training manuals. Full dress Navy uniforms were worn by officers and cadets. Many of those who graduated from High School enlisted in the Navy. Sponsored one cadet to West Point.
- Founded a Youth Development Corp, West Islip, N.Y. Purpose was to involve high school students in supporting the The students served on the Board of Directors to make decisions on community help projects such as painting a house for elderly family, shopping for handicap individuals, driving elderly _to doctor office, shoveling snow for elderly and more. Operating cost was supported by donations from local community businesses. Served as President eight years, providing life lessons and patriotism to the younger generation.
- Other Productive affiliations
- Annual Judge for Patriot Pen Program
- Speaker at Knights of Columbus meetings
- The most requested speaker at high schools, “Tell America “Program.
- Works with Korean American Association “Appreciation” program
- Arranged for donated scooters & wheelchairs for handicap Veterans and family, so that they cao maintain mobility
- Participate in VFW Wreaths Across America program since inception
- Major supporter Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts of America
- Major supporter Jude Hospital, for over 30 years
- Volunteer leadership coffee, and doughnuts at Daytona Veterans Clinic
- Participates with KWVA Chapter 189 in all local parades
- Fundraising with VFW 3289 and KWVA 189 on military holidays
Awards and Honors:
- Senior Airman (E-4) Enlisted Aircrew Wings
- Korean Service Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- United Nations Service Medal
- Good Conduct Medal
- Korean Presidential Unit Citation
- Honorable Discharge Commemorative Medal
- Overseas Service Commemorative
- Florida Rick Scott Florida Veterans Service Medal
- United States Senate Medal of Freedom
- Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal
- Finalist by Ernst & Young Y. Entrepreneur of the Year
- Citation for Community Service NY County Exec Laura Curran
- J. Martin leadership Award from Ormond Strong Organization
- Lifetime Achievement Award from FIRST Robotics 22 years
- Proclamation for Community Services Y Legislator Tom Cilmi
- US Senate 20th Century Republican Leader Award
- VFW Post 3282 Leadership Award as Commander KWVA 189
- Honored as Member Strathmore’s Who’s Who
- Outstanding Leadership Award, I. Nautical Cadets Program
At 92 years of age, Joseph G. Sicinski, Korean War Veteran, has established himself to be the preeminent Veteran Advocate in Florida. I make this a particular point in that Veterans at his time in life are relaxing and enjoying life. I make the argument that Joe IS enjoying life through the work that he does. He lets no moss grow under his feet. His priorities are VETERAN, and then education of what a Veteran truly is. He has established the venue to teach the public through the museum, but it doesn’t stop there.
He provides lifesaving relief to countless Veterans through his productive organization affiliations.
Make Joseph Sicinski your first choice for selection into the Florida Veterans Hal] of Fame. Pretty words can’t describe what he does every day. It’s an intentional action to get up, go to work to serve others, and then repeat the next day. It doesn’t stop for Airman Sicinski. Yes, he could belong to many organizations however, he just doesn’t belong; he hits it out of the park every time he is at bat. I hope to have his health and work ethic when I am 91. He has taken his blessing of mobility and cognizance and serves, serves, serves others without expectation except that maybe that they pay it forward.
His shining example generates willing cooperation in others. His spirit of inspiration incites others to do the same. At the mere mention of his and knowing that he will be in attendance, Veterans flock to see him to gain some of his inspirational wisdom, knowing that one day that they want to become him to carry on his tradition of servant to others.
Sicinski graduated from Manhattan High School of Aviation followed by one year at the Academy of Aeronautics. He loved aviation but his career path was interrupted by the Korean War. He enlisted in The U.S. Air Force in 1951. Sicinski serves during the Korean War as Crew Chief on F-84 Fighter Bombers with the highly decorated 58″‘ Fighter Bomber Group. Following his assignment in Korea, he served as Radar specialist aboard a Lockheed RC-121 Super Constellation aircraft with the 4701″ Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron.
After four years in the Military, and back in civilian life he became a technical writer on technical manuals for military training equipment and aircraft flight simulation systems contracted by the Navy Training and Equipment Center located in Orlando Florida.
Sicinski retired from business at the age of 75. A few years later, he was elected President / Commander of the Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter 189 in Port Orange FL. Sicinski brought new life to the faltering chapter with good management skills and having notable speakers on military subjects or veteran programs available for chapter meetings. He had his chapter serve coffee and donuts to patients at the William Chappell Outpatient Clinic, support activities at the Emory Bennett Nursing Home, visiting veterans in hospitals and helping veteran families in need. These activities have help strengthening chapter interest and membership.
In 2014 he was elected Vice President of Korean War Veterans Association for Florida and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Veterans Museum and Education Center in Daytona Beach FL. Sicinski is truly an asset to our communities in Port Orange, Daytona Beach and the State of FL by serving the needs of our veterans and honoring our veterans for their service to our great country.
I would hate to see an opportunity to recognize this extraordinary human. Let’s do it while he is with us. How better to acknowledge lifetime achievement for Joe than with him standing there in his typical humble manner, knowing that he made a difference before the day is done. Airman Joe Sicinski has been recognized by so many. His original nomination was filled with letters of recommendation from at least ten notables. His package exceeded 20 pages. This year we chose one letter from Senator Wright to speak for the group and keep our nomination within the required guidelines. He is loved by so many when you count colleagues, family, and friends, but most importantly he is “revered” by Veterans Galore.
Without hesitation, we very strongly recommend this Veteran for your consideration and selection to fill the ranks of the Florida Veterans Ha11 of Fame. He is more than eminently qualified in every respect of the standing requirements, and then some.