ROBERT ANDREW WASILEWSKI
Born: September 16, 1940
Parents: Andrew (Alec) Wasilewski & Anelia (Nellie) Shukwit Wasilewski
Resided In: “Irishtown” & Miners-Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, PA
Baptized & Confirmed @ St. Joseph’s Church, Hudson PA – 1949
Attended St Francis Church for Communion (Miner’s-Mills) – 1947
Attended: St Clair Elementary School & Coughlin High School.
* Graduated in 1958 as a member of the National Honor Society
* Participated in Band functions & Wrestling (133#) – Go Crusaders!
Entered Air Force in 1958
* Completed Basic Training @ Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
* Completed Electronics Training in Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi
* Permanent Party Assignment – Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska (SACHQ) as EDP (Electronic Data Processing Technician)
* He trained in the basic UNIVAC digital trainer (4DT), IBM’s, 1401, 1410 & 4094 series, Burrough 3500 series & RAMAC 605 computers
* Being assigned to SAC/IDHS (Intelligence Data Handling System), he cross trained as a systems analyst for Air Force unique restricted access systems.
MACV = Military Assistance Command Vietnam
When SAC/544th ARTWg obtained a unique KODAK-built microfilm based computer system (MINICARD), “Ski” was involved in its early development which proved instrumental in identifying Russian missile sites in Cuba during the 1962 conflict.
The majority of his Air Force career was spent as a computer systems analyst.
He was assigned in 1969 to Tan Son Nhut AB in Saigon and developed ‘Order Of Battle” mapping using the IBM 360 series hardware and plotters. He received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (JSCM) for his efforts.
Upon his return to the States in 1970 he was assigned to HQ Military Airlift Command (MAC) at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. There he developed Air Transportation Systems for the Single Passenger Reservation System (SPRS), optimizing the use of military seating on a chartered commercial aircraft.
He completed his military service at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska in 1978 as a Supervisor in Contingency Planning and as EDP Training Section NCOIC.
VFW Member Post #2800, Dayton OH
As a 40-year member, he was also interested in the changes in changing military culture, unit histories.
He received a BA in Business Admin and in 1980 from Bellevue College, Nebraska. Also an AA in Data Processing from CCAF (Community College of The Air Force)
He was employed by Peter Kiewit Sons Construction Company in Omaha implementing their new financial programs. Later he worked at Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital installing McCormick & Dodge’s financial systems (Gen Ledger, AR, A/P, Fixed Assets, etc.)
In 1990 he re-joined the Federal Government as a contract management agency (DCMA) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton Ohio. He monitored government contracts for over 70 suppliers and expedited delivery of multi-million dollar systems during the initial Gulf Wars. His outfit received the (JSCM) Joint Service Commendation Medal for their readiness efforts.
Upon retirement again, he moved in 2002 to San Jose, CA to enjoy his daughters, family and hobbies. He was interested in family genealogy, wood carving, painting and creating original objects – d’art.
No webpage exists because he was “not wired” and interested in computers now, only for research purposes.
Survived by his:
Elizabeth Walsh (San Jose, CA), Sandra Genz (Omaha, NE), Laura Wasilewski (San Jose, CA)
Brian (Joey) Walsh (San Jose, CA), Justin Genz (Reno, NV), Brandon Wasilewski (Ventura, CA)
Jessa Walsh (San Jose, CA), Michaela Genz (Minden, IA), Samantha Genz (San Jose, CA)
Alannah Walsh (Grand Rapids, MI), Alexander (AJ) Walsh (Grand Rapids, MI), Noah Genz (Reno, NV), Gabriel Genz (Reno, NV), Galexie Grasso (San Jose, CA), Quest Walsh (San Jose, CA)
Raymond Wasilewski Jr. (Bear Creek, PA)
Daniel Wasilewski (Dayton, Ohio)
Edward Wasilewski Jr. (New York)
Norma Jones (New York)
Roseann Bretz (Pennsylvania)
A son, Robert Jr., then a student at South High School in Omaha, was killed in June 1978 in a motorcycle incident.
Four brothers, Raymond Sr., John, Joseph, and Edward preceded him.
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