|Jack Cistriano was born in Philadelphia, Pa., served
2 years in the army reserve 1958-1960, graduated from OCS
in Newport, February, 1960. Spent 6 weeks aboard USS
Guardian AGR-1, CIC and air control school Glynco,
Georgia and reported aboard Semmes September 1962 as part
of pre commissioning crew. Served as assistant EMO, CIC
Officer, First Lt. and as the ships air controller.
Left Semmes in May 1965 for duty at the US Naval Academy as an instructor and assistant basketball and baseball coach. Left active duty in August 1969 and join the naval reserve where I served 24 more years raising to the rank of Captain and held 9 commands during that period. Among which were the Naval Beach Group in Little Creek, DCNO SW Det 106 and OP 07 Det 106 in Washington D.C. and am one of a small group of naval reservists qualified to stand watch in the Navy Command Center. Retired in September 1992 form the Naval Reserve aboard the ceremonial ship in the Washington Navy Yard.
I have many wonderful memories of my days aboard the Semmes, but the officers and enlisted men are my finest memories. We were somehow fortunate enough to get some of the best sailors in the navy order to serve on Semmes and that plank owner crew and those who followed set a high standard and met our motto" Dare to Excel
After leaving active duty I worked at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md, retiring from there in 1999 after 30 years at the college .My first 13 years I was Director of Athletics and Chairman of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and coached basketball and baseball. In 1983 the president promoted me to Dean of Instruction, and later I served as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Special Assistant to the President. While at Chesapeake I received my PhD from the university of Maryland in 1973
I was actively involved with the NJCAA having been a regional director since 1976, and I have chaired the national lacrosse committee, and still chair the national basketball committee and swimming and diving committee. I attended the International Olympic Academy in 1977, and have been a speaker and presenter in the Manilla, Vienna, Brussels, and numerous sites in the United States. I'm currently still doing volunteer work for the NJCAA. I have had the opportunity to serve on the Van Cle World Congress on International Athletics, The United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization and the American Council on Education( Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics).
I know my experience on the Semmes gave me the opportunity to learn many leadership skills that help me be successful in my civilian career and I still thank Captain Alexander and Captain Wellander for having the faith in me to continually challenge me to " Dare to Excel".
With retirement I still do my volunteer work for the NJCAA, do lots of travel with my wife of 38 years Judy and spend lots of time with my two grandchildren Adam 4 and Justin 7. The boys are both involved in sports and I go to as many of their games as possible.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the Semmes reunion in Charleston and get a chance to see a lot of old shipmates. You know the sea stories were flying high and fast. It was good to hear how many of our Semmes crew went on to excellent career's in the navy and in civilian life. Under Captain Alexander's leadership a few of us are involved in a project to retrieve the Semmes form the Greek navy and return her to Mobile Alabama for permanent retirement. Mobile as you know was Rafael Semmes home
I wish all former Semmes sailors a long and healthy life and hope to see more of you at the next reunion being plan for 2004.
Regards Jack Cistriano
Copyright © 2002-2003 USS SEMMES (DDG 18) Association