Former Edmonds resident killed in Afghanistan

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Major Phil Ambard

An assistant professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy formerly from Edmonds was killed Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Major Phil Ambard, age 44, was killed in a shooting at the Kabul International Airport. He was serving on a NATO team training the Afghan Air Force, according to a story on the U.S. Air Force Academy website.

While stationed at the Academy, he was the Department of Foreign Languages executive officer and later served in that same role for the Dean of the Faculty. In 2007, he was sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages for a Ph.D. program at Denver University, which he completed in 2010 and was scheduled to return to the Department of Foreign Languages after a deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan.

A story in the Colorado Springs Gazette said that Major Ambard grew up in Edmonds. The Edmonds School District has no record of him attending public schools here.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, and five children: son Alex, a student at the University of Denver, son Tim, a third-class cadet at the Air Force Academy, daughter Emily Short, a 2007 graduate of the Air Force Academy currently serving in Hurlburt AFB, FL, son Joshua Short, currently serving in the Army and stationed at Walter Reed Medical Center, and son Patrick Short, also a 2004 Air Force Academy graduate serving in the Navy at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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