Capt. Philip Ambard, 44, was killed in the line of duty in Kabul, Afghanistan. Phil was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He moved to the United States at the age of 12.

When he moved to the states, he didn’t speak a word of English, but that never stopped him. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force as an Airman Basic. He rose to the rank of Senior Master Sgt. (select) before he was commissioned as an officer.

Phil recently graduated from Denver University with a Ph.D. and a second master’s degree. As a believer in Jesus Christ as his savior, Phil lived his life with integrity, faith, and a commitment to do what he could to make a difference in the lives of others.

His humility never allowed him to see the impact that he had on people, but, oh, how he made a difference with his coaching, teaching, friends, hosting cadets, military colleagues, and most importantly, his family.

Phil loved having a large family. He is survived by Patrick, Josh (Karla), Emily, Alex, and Tim.

He instilled in each of them a sense of humor, love, and duty of his adopted country, faith, and hard work. He is survived by his wife of almost 23 years. Words can’t express the husband he was. They did everything together and they were each other’s best friend.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13