|US NAVY VET JEFF SICONOLFI TOWNSHIP GRAND MARSHAL
Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Siconolfi is the Grand Marshal for the 2019 Washington Township Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27. The parade will process from Clinton Avenue and Washington Avenue to Memorial Park at Town Hall where the Memorial Day ceremony will take place.
Jeff grew up in the Township where he attended Washington Elementary School and Westwood Jr. and Sr. High School. He left Westwood H.S. in November 1972, subsequently received his GED from Bergen Community College, and then enlisted in the US Navy.
Pictured left is Jeff at his U.S. Navy enlistment.
After basic training in Orlando, FL, he completed training as a sonar technician in Key West, FL, and San Diego, CA. He was then deployed to the USS William M. Wood DD715, whose home port was Athens, Greece, where he participated in operations in the Black Sea, Cyprus, and Lebanon. In May 1975, the Wood was ordered to standby to rescue the crew of the USS Mayaguez, which had been seized by North Korea.
During his career he was assigned to USS Tattnall DDG 19, USS John Rodgers DD 983, and USS Comte de Grasse DD974, making numerous deployments supporting operations throughout the world. His shore duty assignments were as an instructor of Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations and Maintenance at the Combat Systems Technical Schools Command, Mare Island, CA, and the Naval Ocean Systems Center, San Diego, CA. In November 1989 he retired from active duty as a Senior Chief Petty Officer.
While on active duty, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Technology and a master’s degree in Operations Management.
Upon his retirement, he continued his service to the Navy as a civilian employee of the Space and Naval Warfare System Center in San Diego, designing, developing, and testing the new Naval Anti-Submarine Warfare and Communications Systems.
In 2001 he moved back to his hometown to help his father who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. He continued his service to the Navy on an on-call basis, visiting ships and submarines to teach sailors Anti-Submarine Warfare mathematical models until 2012.
Mr. Siconolfi is a member of the Washington Twp. Fire Department, VFW Post 6192, and was a crossing guard at Jesse F. George School.
He and his wife, Mary Timpanaro, who he met at his 30-year High School Reunion, are both retired and living in Washington Township.