Retired Lieuenant Colonel Andrew L. Hergenrother, 48, of Stafford County, originally from Smethport, Pennsylvania, passed away Monday, August 28, 2006, after a long struggle with cancer, with his friend, Charles Hof, by his side.
He graduated from the University of Albuquerque with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1979. After graduating, he enlisted in the infantry and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. He attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in March 1981.
Colonel Hergenrother's previous assignments included tours with the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), 1st Armored Division, 7th Infantry Division (Light), United States Army Intelligence School, the Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Arabian Peninsula and, most recently, with the Army Staff.
During his career as a military intelligence officer, Colonel Hergenrother served numerous tactical assignments, including company executive officer, division G2 operations officer, battalion S2, brigade S2, battalion S3, corps collection manager and as the senior intelligence officer for a multinational Joint Special Operation task force.
Colonel Hergenrother was a graduate of the Military Intelligence Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Staff Service School, the Post Graduate Intelligence Program, the Command and General Staff College and the Army Force Management School. He earned a Master of Science degree in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College.
He was a veteran of Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Joint Forge in Kosovo and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.
His awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge.
After retiring from the military in November 2004, he worked for SATC as a senior intelligence consultant.
He was a loving father and husband. He will be missed by his children, Isabella, Andrew, Jessica and Bettina; and his wife, Jeane.
A graveside service will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2006, in Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lieutenant Colonel Hergenrother Memorial Fund, c/o Marine Federal Credit Union, Box 1551, Jacksonville, North Carolina 28541, account 488022. Contributions will be donated to Widewater Elementary School.
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