(April 28, 2011: Colorado Springs Gazette) Maj. Philip Ambard inspired achievement in everyone around him. But he never pushed anyone harder than he drove himself. Ambard, of Colorado Springs, died Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan, in a mass shooting that left eight airmen and one civilian dead. He was four months into a yearlong tour overseas and was set to resume his teaching duties at the Air Force Academy when he came home. A Venezuelan immigrant who came to America when he was 12, Ambard started as an enlisted airman and zoomed through the ranks during a 25-year career. Click here to read full article.

Upon hearing the news of this tragedy, Grantham University arranged to have a custom Gold Star Flag made for the Ambard family to honor his service. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time. We’d like to give a special thanks to Dave England from Dave’s Quilts for crafting such a beautiful flag.

Major Ambard will be laid to rest at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at the Cadet Protestant Chapel with a graveside service immediately following at the Academy Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“It is beautiful. I will always remember the kindness of people that didn’t even know my Phil during this time. Thanks again.” – Linda Ambard

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