2006 graduate killed in Afghanistan

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- A 2006 Air Force Academy graduate was killed in action May 20 near Kabul, Afghanistan.

First Lt. Roslyn Schulte, died near Kabul, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. She was assigned to Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in Kabul in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"The Air Force Academy is deeply saddened by this tragic loss. Our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to the Schulte family. Our thoughts are with them during this very difficult time," said Lt. Gen. John Regni, Air Force Academy Superintendent.

Lieutenant Schulte is the 10th Air Force Academy graduate, and first female, killed while supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

She deployed to support OEF from her home station was Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where she was an intelligence officer assigned to the 613th Air and Space Operations Center there.

"Losing Lieutenant Schulte has been a tragedy felt by everyone here and across the Air Force. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family of this heroic Airman. She was taken from us while serving her nation honorably, and the Airmen of the 613th Air and Space Operations Center will forever be proud of her," said Col. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, 613 AOC commander.

While at the Academy, she was captain of women's lacrosse team, a member of Cadet Squadron 7, and a Political Science major. Lieutenant Schulte graduated the Academy with both military and academic honors.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Lieutenant Schulte came to the Academy after graduating John Burroughs School in St. Louis in 2002. School officials there are addressing the student body today about the loss, according to the high school's director of communications, Ellen Bremner.

Funeral plans are underway.