Along with the USAF Academy press release confirming the death of Maj Phil Ambard, an assistant professor, the Air Force also released the names of the others killed during a gunman’s attack.
Among them was Maj David Brodeur, a 1999 USAF Academy graduate and F-16 pilot. Brodeur wasn’t in Afghanistan flying the F-16, however. He was apparently part of a unit training Afghan pilots.
Maj Ambard leaves behind a wife and five children, four of whom have followed him into military service (his daughter just returned from deployment). Maj Brodeur is survived by a wife and two children.
Update: Official military release on those killed in the attack, indicating LtCol Frank Bryant was also an F-16 pilot killed in the attack. Maj. Jeffrey Ausborn was also killed; he was a T-6 pilot, though his primary weapons system is unknown. The military released an additional report intended to dispel inaccurate press reporting on the incident.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that a US Air Force Academy professor was killed in Afghanistan this week.
Maj. Phil Ambard, a foreign-language professor at the academy, was killed in Kabul, according to his daughter, Air Force 1st Lt. Emily Short.
Some people may not realize that a wide variety of people deploy to the combat zones from non-traditional fields. The Academy likely has several instructors downrange.
Major Ambard reportedly had more than two decades of service in the Air Force. Remember his family in your prayers.