AFA Professor Killed in Afghanistan

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  1. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator Moderator Founding Member

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    Our prayers go out to the family of Professor Ambard.

    http://www.gazette.com/articles/killed-117058-professor-attack.html


    An Air Force Academy professor was killed Wednesday in an attack in Afghanistan.

    Maj. Phil Ambard, a foreign-language professor at the academy, was killed in Kabul, according to his daughter, Air Force 1st Lt. Emily Short.

    The Department of Defense did not release any information Wednesday on his death, and it is not known whether he was killed in an Afghan pilot's attack that killed eight U.S. troops and a contractor.

    Ambard served in the Air Force for about 25 years, Short said, and was most-recently a Spanish and French professor at the academy.

    His dedication to the U.S. Armed Services wore off on his children — many of whom attended the Air Force Academy, including Short.

    “He was a great teacher, he was a great father,” Short said. “He was a family man through and through. His whole being was dedicated to his family.”

    Ambard moved to Colorado Springs in 2002 and quickly showed off his teaching prowess — substitute teaching in local school districts while earning his master’s degree and later his doctorate.

    His wife, Linda Ambard, is a physical education teacher for Stetson Elementary School. On Wednesday evening, school officials sent out a notice to parents offering grief counseling to students.

    Short said her father's death would reverberate across the city.

    “It’s just hard for him to be gone but I know that a lot of people will hold his legacy and carry it on,” Short said.

    On her Facebook page, Linda Ambard on Wednesday posted this: "My heart is broken. I lost my best friend and husband of over 23 years today. He paid the ultimate cost so that all might live free."
     
  2. Pima

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    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, hoping one day soon the pain of sorrow is replaced with joy of memories.
     
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  4. Pima

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    Bullet had stated that he was informed 2 of the officers had 5 kids each. Every death is disheartening, but when you start to tally all of these children among the 9 killed it even breaks your heart more.
     
  5. Jcleppe

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    Major Ambard grew up in my hometown after comming here from Venevuela when he was 12.

    With 5 children, 3 Academy graduates and on currently in the AFA the commitment to serve that this family has is truely amazing. All of this from a man that adopted this country at an early age.

    He as well as all the others deserve our everlasting gratitude. My prayers go out for this and every family. We salute you, for now and forever.
     

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