A memorial service is underway for a fallen Colorado Army National Guard pilot.
Flags around the state have also been lowered to half-staff on public buildings, in honor of Army Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter.
Carter was killed August 6 when the Chinook helicopter he was piloting was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan. Thirty U.S. personnel were killed in the crash, the single deadliest loss for U.S. forces in the nearly decade-long war.
Carter deployed with his unit in May to transport troops and cargo throughout Afghanistan.
Carter is survived by his wife, son and daughter.
The main memorial service began at 10 a.m. at the Easter Hills Community Church in Aurora. The funeral follows at 2 p.m. at the Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins. Governor Hickenlooper is expected to attend the ceremonies.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to a college fund established for Carter's children. Contributions can be made at any First Bank location in the name of "Dave Carter Memorial Fund."