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Peterson airman killed in motorcycle wreck

MATT STEINER Updated: September 21, 2012 at 12:00 am

A Peterson Air Force Base airman died in a Sunday morning motorcycle crash in Denver and memorial services will be held in Colorado Springs early next week.



Greg Kowalczyk, father of Airman 1st Class Vincent Kowalczyk, said his son was following his fiancee’s family to church when the wreck happened on Monaco Parkway in Denver.
“They said they lost sight of him and they later found out he lost control of his bike,” said Greg Kowalczyk, who lives in Jackson, Ga.

According to the father, the motorcycle hit a tree and Vincent Kowalczyk died.

Vincent Kowalczyk is the third of six children and has lived in Colorado Springs since his assignment to Peterson Air Force Base in June 2010. He graduated from White Cloud High School in Michigan and excelled at baseball, his father said.

Vincent Kowalczyk was a member of the 561st Network Operations Squadron at Peterson. He will receive the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal posthumously at a memorial service, 1 p.m. Monday at the base.

Lt. Col. Sam Arwood, of Kowalczyk’s squadron, said Vincent “was a rising star” and was “destined for greatness.”

Greg Kowalczyk said his son loved Colorado, taking advantage of the mountains as an avid snowboarder, cyclist and hiker.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday. There will be a public visitation at 10 a.m. at the Grace Bible Church, 5075 Flintridge Road, with a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the church. Graveside services will take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Logan National Cemetery on West Kenyon Avenue in Denver.

“We’re going to deeply miss him,” Greg Kowalczyk said. “He’s got a lot of friends all around the country that are pouring in sympathies.”

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