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Dvorak, Gerald Jerome "Jerry"

Senior Master Sergeant Gerald Jerome "Jerry" Dvorak, 67, Green Bay, WI, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2014 at Bellin Hospital with his family lovingly by his side.

Gerald entered the United States Air Force in July 1964. His first operational assignment after graduating as an honor graduate from Air Police Technical School (Lackland Air Force Base, Texas) was at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. From November 1965 to October 1966, he was assigned to Da Nang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, and was then assigned to Norton Air Force Base, California. During August 1968 through July 1971, he was stationed at Itazuke Air Base, Japan, and thereafter was reassigned to Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. From January to December 1973, he was assigned to Pirinclik Common Defense Installation, Turkey, and then reported to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. In July 1977, he assumed duties at the Office of the Chief of Security Police, Headquarters, Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He was subsequently assigned in August 1980 with the Air Force Office of Security Police, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from Air Force active duty on 1 September 1984, having served 20 years and 2 months of honorable and faithful military service.

Gerald attended the Strategic Air Command Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana from September to November 1976, being named a Distinguished Graduate. During March through May 1982, he attended the United States Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Gunter Air Station, Alabama and was again named a Distinguished Graduate. He was also enrolled with the Community College of the Air Force for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice.

His military decorations and awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" (Valor) device and silver oak leaf cluster (two awards for Valor), Air Force Good Conduct Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three battle stars, Air Force Longevity Service ribbon with four bronze oak leaf clusters., Noncommissioned Officer Professional Military Education ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship ribbon with bronze star device ("Expert" with more than one weapon), Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation, with Palm device (three awards), and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

After retiring from the United States Air Force, Gerald became a federal civil service employee, beginning his second career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. He was among a select cadre to receive a United States flag which was carried aboard the July 4, 1982 mission of the Space Shuttle Columbia. In November 1985, he became a United States Air Force civil service employee and was the F-117A Stealth Fighter Program Security Manager at Tonopah Test Range, Nevada. He was later reassigned in February 1990 to Strategic Air Command Headquarters. During May 1992, he transferred to Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, whereupon he retired from government service on October 1, 2006, with 22 years of honorable and faithful duty, and as the senior civilian security specialist for Air Combat Command.

As a civil service employee, he attended the National Operations Security Course at the National Security Agency's National Cryptologic School, during August 1990. Throughout his civilian career, Gerald received the coveted "Performance Award" numerous times for his sustained and superior duty achievements. His career culminated with award of the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. Upon his retirement, Gerald decided to move to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and reside with his twin sister and brother-in-law, Jerry G. Winger.

Gerald is preceded in death by his parents Frank D. and Eileen V. (Wallace) Dvorak. He is survived by his daughters Christina S. (Dvorak) Vercruysse and her husband Rick of Jacksonville, Florida; Angela E. (Dvorak) Cole and her significant other Mark of Anchorage, Alaska; and Jennifer L. (Dvorak) Hilliard and her husband Tony of Jacksonville, North Carolina; and his only son, James N. Dvorak of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also survived by his siblings Frank D. and Robert Dvorak and his wife Delores of Houston, Texas; his twin sister Geraldine P. (Dvorak) Winger and her husband Jerry of Green Bay, Wisconsin; and youngest brother Carey E. Dvorak and his wife Kim of Omaha, Nebraska. Gerald is also survived by six grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Pfotenhauer Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Howard-Suamico location, 1145 Cardinal Lane on Saturday, Aug. 9th from 10 until 11:00 a.m. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. His final resting place will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Online condolences welcome at www.PfotenhauerFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the .

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Aug. 7, 2014
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