Joseph D. Swientek
DAV Maryland Senior Vice Commander Joseph (Joe) Swientek is a native of Buffalo, New York. He is a Maryland resident and has been with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for over nineteen years. He has served in several capacities within DAV Chapters, beginning with Omaha Beach Chapter #7 in Bowie, Maryland and as Senior Vice Commander and Commander for a number of years with Chapter #13, in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He has recently been elected to the 2nd Junior Vice Commander Chair on the line of the Commander, DAV Department of Maryland.
Joe is no stranger to military life, as two generations of the Swientek family have served in the Navy. Joe's father served as a Chief Gunnersmate and Chief Torpedoman in submarines and destroyers for thirty years, seeing action during both World Wars. His brother, a Naval Academy graduate (Class of 1966), retired as a Navy Captain (06) in 1992. Joe served with Naval Security Group (NAVSECGRU) as an Enlisted man through Senior Chief Petty Officer (E8), as a Chief Warrant Officer (CWO3-CWO4/744X/Cryptologic Technician) and retired after 25 years of active duty as a Navy Limited Duty Lieutenant (O3E/644X (Cryptology). Following a short stint as a contractor supporting the Department of Defense (DoD), he returned to active duty as a DoD civilian employed with the National Security Agency (NSA) and with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and was later detailed by the NSA to the Information Operations Technology Center (IOTC) supporting our nation's Combatant Commanders following the 9/11 realignment of the CinC's and their areas of responsibilities. He remained with that group while it transitioned from the IOTC, to the Network Attack Support Staff (NASS) and later to the Joint Functional Component Command for Network Warfare (JFCC-NW) where he served as the Chief/ J31 for Operations Support, Training & Exercises, and as a USSTRATCOM Action Officer (AO) for USNORTHCOM, USSOUTHCOM, USTRANSCOMM and JFCOMM. Joe retired from Federal Service in September 2009 having served as a federal employee (military/civilian) for a total of 45 years. It was now time for CHANGE.
In January 2010, Joe became actively involved with the DAV Transportation Network (DTN) as a volunteer Driver at the VA community Outpatient Clinic in Glen Burnie (GBOC). He also became a 'Certified' DAV Chapter Service Officer (CSO) extending outreach services for claims support and health needs to needy veterans, caregivers and spouses in Annapolis, Edgewater, Arnold, Millersville, Severn, Glen Burnie, Columbia, Ellicott City, Randallstown, Laurel and Bowie communities. Glen Burnie, Maryland. Committed to a more active role in the DAV, he has served in various leadership, training and mentoring roles at the Chapter level , and as committee chairperson and member of DAV Maryland sponsored veteran programs. He is a huge advocate of the VA's community-based VetCenters and a strong advocate for the special role they play in providing outreach to veterans, spouses and their families.