Commentary by Chaplain (Capt.) David Leonard
5/18/2011 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- I handed a coin to the driver saying, "You are taking my brother-in-law on his last ride. I don't want you to forget this."
U.S. Air Force Academy students and staff members line the street as the funeral procession for Maj. Philip Ambard, an Academy foreign language professor, passes by May 5, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)
No one who knew Maj. Philip Ambard will ever forget him. He was born in Venezuela, but loved his adopted country passionately. He joined the U.S. Air Force, quickly moving up the ranks and being selected for senior master sergeant before being commissioned. Phil had five kids, four of who are now serving in the active duty military.
Phil was a foreign language professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He deployed to Afghanistan four months ago to help train the Afghan Air Force. His life came to an end in Kabul after