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East Lyme — Steven Ambrico recently retired from the Air Force after 20 years of active duty.
Ambrico, the son of Rita and Robert Ambrico of East Lyme, graduated from East Lyme High School, received his commission in 1993 through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at the University of Connecticut and spent much as his career working as an engineer on high technology systems. He was a career developmental engineer officer.
For his final assignment, Ambrico served as the systems integration branch chief at the Launch Systems Directorate, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, where he developed engineering plans for spacelift acquisition and managed operational safety and effectiveness of the launch fleet.
He also spent more than 270 hours in flight-testing in many types of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and served two year-long deployments to Afghanistan, for which he was awarded two Bronze Star medals.
During several assignments Ambrico volunteered many hours in local social service agencies and has now decided to change careers. He plans to pursue a master's degree in social work at Fordham University.