Lieutenant Joel Korkowski graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1990. He was a member of the class of 1994 at the United States Naval Academy and graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in aerospace engineering. Lt. Korkowski was assigned as a pilot in the VFA-41 Squadron in California. In 2001, he flew for Operation Enduring Freedom over Afghanistan from the USS Enterprise. Lt. Korkowski was killed when his F/A 18F collided with another F/A 18F during a training flight in October 2002.

Lt. Korkowski is survived by his mother, brother, wife, and daughter.

Lt. Korkowski was honored through the Travis Manion Foundationā€™s Character Does Matter program presented during the USNAā€™s Summer Seminar and USNA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp for rising 11th graders.

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