Organization Posthumously Awards Medal For Valor To Airman
(January 30, 2010)
1st Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte was named the recipient of the Medal for Valor posthumously from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Jan. 22, 2010. Lieutenant Schulte, 25, of St. Louis died May 20, 2009, near Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. Lieutenant Schulte is the 10th U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, and first female, killed while supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo)
||WASHINGTON (1/26/2010 - AFNS) -- An Air
Force lieutenant was posthumously awarded the
National Intelligence Medal for Valor for her
efforts to teach Afghan military officials how
to gather and interpret military intelligence
Jan. 22 here.
1st Lt. Roslyn L. Schulte died last May in
Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device
struck her vehicle en route to an intelligence
meeting at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Schulte is the first woman to receive
the Medal for Valor, a tribute to heroism in
connection with an intelligence community
contribution to national security. Her parents,
Robert and Susie Schulte, and her brother, Todd
Schulte, attended the event on her behalf.
Dennis Blair, the director of National
Intelligence, made the announcement at a
quarterly National Intelligence Community Awards
Ceremony, where he recognized 42 other teams and
individuals for outstanding accomplishments in
the intelligence community.
The Office of the Director of National
Intelligence oversees 16 federal organizations
that make up the U.S. intelligence community.
In only three months of duty in Afghanistan,
Lieutenant Schulte "made a far-reaching impact
on how intelligence was taught and shared with
the Afghan National Army," Mr. Blair said. She
was "wise beyond her 25 years,
and respected as a leader by all those around her -- from general to Airman to
Afghan tribal leader -- regardless of the branch of service, regardless of
A 2006 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, she was an
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations
officer assigned to the 613th Air and Space Operations
Center at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. She deployed to
Afghanistan in February 2009, serving the Combined Security
In addition to her teaching duties, Lieutenant Schulte was
the command's foreign disclosure officer, working to enhance
information sharing with Afghan forces. She was often
required to travel outside of her main base at Camp Eggers
in Kabul, Afghanistan, to more remote parts of the region.
She accepted the known risks of traveling across the region,
yet was focused on the goal of helping the Afghan military
to achieve self-sufficiency.
"She wanted to be some place where the action was," her
Originally from the St. Louis area, she was first female
Academy graduate killed while supporting operations Enduring
Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
"She was very vibrant, happy, gung-ho, mission-focused,"
said Anthony Pascuma, the chief of foreign disclosure for
U.S. Central Command and who nominated Lieutenant Schulte
for the award. "She was 150 percent committed to the mission
... and wanted to do her part to support operations and
combat the war on terrorism."
Lieutenant Schulte also spent three hours nearly every day
organizing a charity for Afghan refugees. At Camp Pawan, a
U.S. training facility in Afghanistan, a building has been
named the Schulte School and Clinic in her honor.
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