By Amileah Stribling
News From Indian Country

The evening of May 27th, 2008, was a night that Second Lieutenant Connie Ambrose, a member of the Navajo Nation, will never forget. This was one of her last days as a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, CO. 2Lt Ambrose had many friends and family members make the trip from Jeddito, AZ, to witness her commissioning ceremony. As one of few American Indians to graduate from this esteemed service academy, rivaling West Point and Annapolis, Ambrose was filled with pride and excitement to hear her name called. 2Lt Jukari Davis, also Navajo and a graduate of the USAFA Class of 2007, was there to read Ambrose her Oath of Office. She swore her oath as flash bulbs went off and applause filled the room. Ambrose’s family posed for pictures; their new officer in “mess dress” stood proudly next to her relatives who came dressed traditionally. This was a moment of achievement for 2Lt Connie Ambrose, her family, and her people.