Tribute to Jerry

Jerry-2IDA It is with great sadness that I learned of the sudden death of our friend, brother and 2nd Indianhead Division Association President, SGM (R) Jerry Pionk.  Jerry passed away at his place of work on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

UPDATED:  In Remembrance of the Life of Dr. Jerome Lee Pionk, SGM (Ret.), a viewing will commence Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 10:00am-1:00pm , Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd, Woodbridge, VA 22192

Remembrance Ceremony will follow at 3:00 pm at

Fort Myer Memorial Chapel
101 McNair Rd.
Fort Myer, VA 22211

Civilians planning on attending, please remember to include the information for the memorial service for entry into the chapel at Ft. Myer.

Dr. Pionk will then embark on a journey back to Watertown, SD for a memorial service with friends and family there. More information will follow upon finalization of plans. He will eventually be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetary upon his son’s return home from Afghanistan on Memorial Day 2015.   END OF UPDATE

Our beloved Association owes Jerry a debt of gratitude for his service to our organization. His firm and steady leadership has guided our actions to keep us on the right path ensuring our future growth and prosperity.

There will be an appropriate ceremony at our upcoming 93rd 2nd Indianhead Division Association National Reunion, September 16-20 in Omaha, Nebraska.  In the meantime, please keep Jerry’s family in your prayers to help them through this very difficult time.

Our Association Constitution provides that in the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the 1st Vice President will fill that vacancy.  It is with heavy heart that I accept that responsibility and will try to live up to the high standards set by Jerry and his predecessors.


Aves Thompson, 3/23 2ID, 1965-66.