In memory of ADA officer Col. Jack Fanning
Retired Col. Jack Fanning passed away March 9. Fanning was from Cornwall, N.Y. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1960, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Artillery Branch.
During his career Fanning had two battery commands – one in the continental United States, and another in Thule, Greenland.
He had an ROTC assignment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and served a tour with the Department of Tactics at West Point.
During the Vietnam War, Fanning was a district senior adviser and a provincial training and operations officer. Upon returning to CONUS and Fort Bliss, he became the executive officer of the 5th Battalion, 59th Air Defense Artillery. After that assignment, Fanning served as secretary of the general staff and then deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center and Fort Bliss.
Following a Republic of Korea assignment as an inspector general, 38th Air Defense Brigade, Fanning returned to Fort Bliss to command the 4th Battalion (C/V) (SP), 1st Air Defense Artillery.
With the battalion command tour complete, Fanning transferred to New York City and was the commander of the Long Island District Recruiting Command and followed that two-year assignment with three years at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., as the director of personnel and community activities.
Once again Fanning returned to Fort Bliss and became the director of the PATRIOT Department, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School, and in July 1987 became the deputy assistant commandment of USAADASCH.
Fanning retired from active duty Nov. 30, 1988.
He is a 1970 graduate of the Command and General Staff College. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters) and the Air Medal. Additionally he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
Following retirement Fanning became the El Paso area logistics operations manager of the Missile and Air Defense Systems for the Raytheon Company. He retired from Raytheon in January 2001. Fanning was married to the former Edith Geysen. They had one child – Jacqui.
Funeral service was held Monday at Center Post Chapel #2. Interment followed at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery.
Condolences may be offered at www.FunerariaDelAngelMartin.com.
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