Joe Torolski, Member at Large
Joe Torolski grew up in Southgate, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit). After graduating from high school in June of 1968, he entered the Air Force on January 2, 1969. After graduating from Basic Training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, he attended Security Police Tech School at Lackland AFB. Upon completing Tech School, he was assigned to Whellus AFB, Libya from 1969-1970 where he worked primarily in Law Enforcement. While assigned at Whellus, Muammar al-Gaddafi overthrew King Idris on September 1, 1969. As a result, Whellus AFB was closed in June of 1970. Joe was then assigned to the 615th AC&W Squadron in Birkenfeld Germany and promoted to Sergeant while working in the Pass and ID Section from 1970-1971. After that short assignment, he was assigned to Fairchild AFB, Spokane Washington from 1971-1972 and served as the Security Controller inside the Nuclear Storage Area. He also spent time working in the Confinement Section as a prison guard. Joe was then assigned to Ton Son Nhut AFB, Saigon, South Vietnam in June of 1972 as a newly promoted Staff Sergeant and worked as the Security Controller for Charlie Flight Security. Joe left Vietnam on March 30, 1973, and was discharged the next day.
After leaving the Air Force, Joe worked briefly for the US Post Office before attending College. Three years later he completed his studies graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. After graduation, Joe worked as a Cost Accountant for US Gypsum for one year. He then accepted a position as a Revenue Agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Detroit, Michigan auditing various types of businesses and corporations. After doing that for a few years, Joe applied and was interviewed for a Special Agent position with the Detroit Field Office, Criminal Investigation Division, United States Treasury Department. During his career in Criminal Investigation, Joe worked investigations related to Bankruptcy Fraud, Organized Crime, Tax Evasion, Narcotics and Money Laundering. During his career, he was also a Supervisory Special Agent, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) and worked as a Senior Analyst in the International Money Laundering Section in Washington, DC.
Joe is a Life Member of DAV, VFW, Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) and the Vietnam Security Police Association (VSPA). He is also a member of the American Legion and the Ton Son Nhut Association.
Joe is currently retired and enjoying life with Geraldine, his wife of 40 years.