An Air Force major who grew up in Edmonds was among nine trainers killed this week in a mass shooting at the Kabul Airport, the Defense Department announced today.
Maj. Philip Ambard, 44, makes his home in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was an assistant professor at the Air Force Academy’s Department of Foreign Languages.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that Ambard is a father of five who joined the Air Force 25 years ago.
“He pushed all of us,” his daughter, Air Force Lt. Emily Short told The Gazette on Thursday. “His word for us was ‘Don’t do it the hard way, the way I did.’”
Ambard was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He was fluent in Spanish and French.
“Maj. Ambard embodied the ideals of integrity, service and excellence, and this legacy carries on with his family,” said Brig. Gen. Dana Born, the dean of the faculty at the Air Force Academy. “He leaves a deep void at the Air Force Academy and will be missed by all of his family, friends, colleagues and the many cadets and officers whose lives he has touched.”
An Afghan Air Force pilot reported to be a member of the Taliban carried out Wednesday’s attack at the Kabul airport. He killed a civilian trainer and eight airmen.