Colonel Andrew T. Poznick, age 45, of Carlisle, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 20, 2016 in Carlisle.
He was born at Fort Bragg, NC on April 15, 1970 to the late Charles John Poznick, Jr. (CSM Ret.) and Hermina Hendrika Johanna vanGremberghen Handy. Andy was a Soldier, a husband, father and friend. He will be remembered for his devotion to duty and to his family whom he loved very much. His love of service was born from being an Army “brat” and traveling all over the world. He graduated from Ayer High School, Class of 1988 in Ayer, MA where he was a member of the National Honor Society, played football, basketball and baseball, while being a manager at McDonald’s. Of his senior class, Andy was voted Most Friendliest and Teacher’s Pet. He attended Auburn University, Class of 1992 on an Army ROTC scholarship, participated in Ranger Challenge and was a founding member of “The Five”. Andy graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. He had received two Master’s Degrees, one from Troy State University in International Relations and one from the US Army War College in Strategic Studies. He was currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at Temple University.
His Army travels took the family twice to Fort Benning, GA and twice to Fort Hood, TX, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Carson, Fort Polk, Peterson Air Force Base and the Carlisle Barracks. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom twice, securing stability in the Battle of Baquoba in 2006 and Basra in 2011 where he commanded the last combat troops to exit Iraq. Andrew’s military honors include a Bronze Star medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal with Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Kuwait Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist, Air Assault Badge and Andrew was the recipient of the Legionnaire Level of Order of St. Maurice. The proudest moment of Colonel Poznick’s military career was leading the Chargers of 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry during their deployment to Iraq.
Andy married his best friend and love, Trish, on December 23, 1993. They have two children, John Thomas, age 17, currently a senior at Carlisle High School and Emma Jane, age 16, also at Carlisle High School. Andy loved his family dearly.
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He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Trish Jane Pellecchia Poznick and their two children, John Thomas and Emma Jane, of Carlisle; his mother, Hermina Handy and husband, Lynn Handy (COL Ret.) of Harker Heights, TX; a brother, Anthony W. Poznick of the Republic of Korea; his sister, Joni Loper and husband Jeffrey Loper (CSM Ret.) of Helendale, CA; and five nephews, Matthew, Zachary, Joshua and Jake Loper and Jesse Poznick.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the US Army War College Memorial Chapel with Chaplain (COL) Gregory J. D’Emma as Celebrant. Interment will be handled at the convenience of the family at a later date. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army following Mass. The family will receive relatives and friends following the military honors in the church Social Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military & Veteran Services, 1425 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005.
Hoffman Funeral Home & Crematory, 2020 W. Trindle Road, Carlisle, PA is handling the arrangements. To sign the guestbook, please visit www.HoffmanFH.com