Three years ago this week, a roadside bomb killed Lieutenant Roslyn Schulte. Schulte, a St. Louis native, was the first female graduate of the United States Air Force Academy to be killed in combat. As IPR's Rachel Lippmann reports, a new memorial now honors her life and death.
Lieutenant Schulte was traveling from a refugee camp to Bagram Air Force Base on May20, 2009 when the convoy struck a bomb, killing Schulte and an Afghan civilian. She was one of 461 U.S. troops killed that year and her father, Robert, said the plaque installed this morning at the Jewish Community Center was meant to honor them as well.
"Today honors veterans, not just Roz. She's representative of many people who have sacrificed."
Schulte's commanding officer says she brought hope to refugee camps where her team was working. Friends of Lieutenant Schulte's family spearheaded the effort to install the plaque under the flagpole at the community center.
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