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Army Spc. Adam M. Kuligowski

Died April 6, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Arlington, Va.; assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died Apr. 6 in Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.

Soldier was interested in exploring the world

The Associated Press

DERRY, N.H. — A soldier from Derry, N.H., who died in Afghanistan is being remembered by his teachers as an intelligent student who was interested in exploring the world.

Twenty-one-year-old Adam Kuligowski died Monday in Bagram in a non-combat incident. The case remains under investigation.

Kuligowski was a signals intelligence analyst assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division. He entered the Army in October 2006 and arrived at Fort Campbell in August 2007.

In New Hampshire he attended Pinkerton Academy, where the flag was flown at half-staff Wednesday. The New Hampshire Union Leader reports he was involved with a student-run TV station and went to China as a member of the school’s first exchange program.

Among his family members is an older brother, Stefan, who is also in the Army, stationed in Thailand.

‘Spirit of adventure’ guided Kuligowski

The Associated Press

In high school, Adam M. Kuligowski made his mark on a 2004 trip to China when he climbed on a camel’s back and was photographed wearing his signature cowboy hat.

“Adam was a unique individual,” said John Barry, one of his former teachers. “He wasn’t one for formality or going by the rules. He had a spirit of adventure, for sure. He was the only kid who dared to get up on the camel in China.”

Kuligowski, 21, of Arlington, Va., died April 6 in Bagram of injuries from a noncombat incident. He was assigned to Fort Campbell.

The son of a foreign service officer, he grew up living in U.S. embassies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

He was born weighing nearly 11 pounds and was a curious child who didn’t speak until after his first birthday, but then always spoke in complete sentences.

At his funeral, Kalia Kuligowski read excerpts from an essay her brother wrote. “Adam always saw things deeper than just face value,” she said. “Adam wrote, ‘I may not be a grade-A student or a star athlete, but I always thought I understood the big picture better than most.”

He also is survived by his parents, Michael and Tracie.

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