Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

I have to post this in honor of a friend, from back home In ST.Louis. We were never great friends, but she went to another high school and played lacrosse with me during the summers and against me during the school years. She was a bright, beautiful, amazing person. She was killed this past week serving her country in Afghanistan.

Here is the article from CNN:

Female Air Force Academy graduate dies in Afghanistan

(CNN) -- The U.S. Air Force Academy is mourning its first female graduate to be killed by enemy forces in Afghanistan or Iraq.
First Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte, 25, graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2006.
First Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte, 25, died Wednesday near Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in a roadside bomb attack.
She was an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations officer assigned to the 613th Air and Space Operations Center, the Air Force said Friday in a news release. Schulte was deployed to Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. She was traveling in a convoy to Bagram Airfield to participate in an intelligence sharing conference.
"Losing Lt. Schulte has been a tragedy felt by everyone here and across the Air Force," said Col. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, 613th AOC commander. "Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family of this heroic airman."
Schulte's fellow airmen "will be forever proud of her," he added. Schulte graduated from the academy in 2006. She is the 10th graduate to die in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the academy said. Schulte's parents live in St. Louis, Missouri. She also had a brother. Her father told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his daughter was a natural leader who was teaching Afghan forces how to handle military intelligence.

"She knew how to talk to chiefs of staff, to generals, to privates, and they listened," Robert Schulte told the paper. "And that's what we needed, a great leader of people."

A U.S. soldier holds the dog tag of 1st Lt. Roslyn Schulte, from Ladue, Mo., during a Memorial Day observance ceremony at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, May 25, 2009. On Monday the U.S. forces based at Camp Eggers gathered wearing khaki, camouflage and blue blazers to salute their latest dead comrades, Schulte, or Roz, and Shawn Pine from San Antonio, Texas, a former Army ranger who was working as a contractor to train Afghan army soldiers. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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