CAAF’s website has the following sad notice:

Senior Judge H.F. “Sparky” Gierke, who served as a Judge and Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces from 1991-2006, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2016 in Bismarck, ND. He was 73. Senior Judge Gierke was also a former Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court and the first Vietnam veteran to serve as National Commander of the American Legion.

The funeral will take place on Friday, August 12, 2016, in Bismarck.

A full memorial tribute will be published in the Military Justice Reporter

3 Responses to “The passing of Senior Judge Gierke”

  1. Don Rehkopf says:

    I would also note that Judge Gierke, was an Army JAG and Military Judge while in Vietnam.

  2. Bill Cassara says:

    Sad news. Great jurist and great American.

  3. John Fredland says:

    I was in AF appellate defense during Judge Gierke’s last term with CAAF.  He was a friendly presence in the middle of the panel for a rookie appellate attorney, a welcome respite from Judge Effron’s hypotheticals and Judge Baker’s pointed queries.