Joe Boscacci


Joe Boscacci

Colonel Joe Boscacci, U.S. Army (Ret.) was born in San Francisco, CA and attended California State University San Francisco from 1960-1964.  Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and went to training at Fort Polk and Fort Ord.

Joe returned to CSU San Francisco and received a General Secondary Teaching Credential and was selected for a teaching assignment at Westmoor High School in Daly City, California. During this time, he served as an enlisted man with Headquarters 6253d U.S. Army Hospital, Presidio of San Francisco, California. He rose through the ranks from E-1 to E-7 in five years.

Upon completion of his military obligation in 1970, he was offered a commission by the Commanding General of the 6253rd U.S. Army Hospital.  To do so, he reenlisted for one year and received an MSC commission as a First Lieutenant in March 1971.

At the rank of Major, he was selected to attend the resident course at Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This experience was so positive that he decided to leave Westmoor High School for Active Duty in 1980.  At that time there was no Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program. His first assignment was as Executive Officer at the 347th General Hospital in Sunnyvale, CA.

During his assignment at the 347th General Hospital, Joe enrolled at Golden Gate University in CA.  He commuted from his home in Millbrae, CA to San Francisco in the evenings for two and a half years. He graduated in May 1983 as the Outstanding Graduate in the Health Service Masters Program.

After graduation, he assumed increasing responsibilities in the newly created AGR program with Medical Command assignments in Health Services Command at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and Headquarters Sixth U.S. Army, Presidio of San Francisco. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 1989 and received a transfer to Fort Jackson, South Carolina as the Inspector General, 120th Army Reserve Command. Then, in 1990, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm.

On January 1st, 1997, Joe retired from Active Duty with a total of 32 years (Active & Reserve). After his military retirement, he became Vice President of Clinical and Support Services at El Camino Hospital, in Mountain View, CA. He then went on to the Daughters of Charity Health System, as a Corporate Compliance Director for seven hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. His last position was the Corporate Compliance Director for Protein Design Labs, Hayward, CA.

Since his full retirement in 2008, Joe has worked as a Volunteer for numerous organizations including: Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), and as an Army Reserve Ambassador (ARA).  In 2014, Joe and his wife Janie moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego – where he and Janie love it! They have four children and 7 grandchildren.

Proud to be part of the Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation, Colonel Boscacci has volunteered in the past for a similar foundation, known as the Korean War Memorial, now located in the Presidio of San Francisco Cemetery. He continues his volunteer assignments and believes that as a grandson of Italian immigrants, he is gratefully returning the acceptance of his family by the United States of America.

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