Mark Binkowski |
Major Mark Binkowski, USAF, 47, of Swansea, Ill., born June 5, 1962, in Detroit, Mich., died Friday, February 12, 2010, at his residence.
Mark graduated from Bishop Gallagher High School in Detroit in 1980 and joined
the U.S. Marine Corps in August of that year. He separated from the Marines as a Staff Sergeant in 1988. Mark was graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and went on to earn two master's degrees, the first in communication information management and the second in international relations.
In 1995, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in both communications and intelligence. He served multiple tours overseas in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, in addition to serving several tours stateside, including McGuire Air Force Base and here at Scott Air Force Base.
Major Binkowski was nominated for the Bronze Star for bravery under fire by the U.S. Army while serving in Iraq. He was twice awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Award. He was named HQ AFCA Field Grade Officer of the Year in 2008, USTRANSCOM Company Grade Officer of the Year Worldwide in 2005, and AMC Company Grade Officer of the Year, All of Europe, in 2002. He was currently serving as Chief of Coalition Networks Integration at the Air Force Network Integration Center at Scott AFB. He was scheduled to leave for his last deployment to Iraq in October 2009, prior to retiring from active duty in May 2010. His last fight, however, was with the unexpected diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Lisanne Lavoie, whom he married September 17, 1983; a daughter, Anais Binkowski, and a son, Jack Binkowski, both at home; his parents, Thomas and Peggy, nee Moore, Binkowski of Ferndale, Mich.; and two brothers, Kraig Binkowski of New Haven, Conn., and Keith Binkowski of Ferndale, Mich.
Memorials may be made to the National Pancreas Foundation, 101 Federal St., Suite 1900, Boston, MA 02110. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 18, 2010, at Hanger 3, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Major Binkowski gifted his body to St. Louis University School of Medicine as his final act of service.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2010