Our hearts are heavy at the Association after losing a dear friend and former Association board member, COL Vernon Sones, USA (Ret.). Vernon passed away on March 20, 2018. He served 28 years in the Army, earning numerous military decorations including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Distinguished Flying Cross.
In the late 1970s, Vernon was a professor and department chair at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, during which time he became a founding member of the
Alumni Association of the ICAF serving on the board until 2015. His efforts promoting and supporting the Association included bringing important members of Congress and various military staffs to Association luncheons at the Fort McNair Officers' Club. He hosted the annual New (Fiscal) Year Pizza Party at the Pentagon as well as for the incoming students at Eisenhower Hall.
Vernon was dedicated to giving back to his community and instrumental in moving the Association forward in many endeavors. We were fortunate to have learned from him and worked with him. Our lives were made better by having known Vernon and he will be missed.
A memorial service will be held on April 7 at 11 a.m., at Immanuel Bible Church, 6911 Braddock Road, Springfield, Va.
Learn more about Vernon by reading a celebration of life