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