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May 25, 2010 5:48 PM by Andy Koen

Fallen Academy grad honored

The memory of a fallen Air Force Academy graduate was honored today as the inaugural award recognizing cadet character, leadership and excellence was presented in her name.

First Lieutenant Roslyn Schulte graduated in 2006 and was commissioned as an intelligence officer after graduation.

She volunteered for duty in Afghanistan last February and worked training members of the Afghan National Army in intelligence operations.

On May 20, 2009 she was struck by an improvised explosive device and later died from her injuries.  She is the only female Academy graduate to be killed in action in the Global War on Terrorism.

Her parents Robert and Susie presented the medallion bearing their daughter's image to Cadet First Class Michael Alexander.

Schulte's mother Susie says "Roz" loved her time at the Academy and was passionate about her service to the country.  Mrs. Schulte says they established the award to honor her memory by recognizing those cadets who embody the characteristics she lived by.

"She was very proud to serve her country and just enjoyed what she was doing to the very end," Schulte said.  "She was passionate about wanting to serve and wanting to help."

First Lieutenant Schulte was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.  She also received National Intelligence Medal for Valor.

Nine other cadets were presented awards for their leadership and achievements at the Academy at today's ceremony.

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