MARK FORESTER

September 29, 2010

BORN: May 15, 1981


HOMETOWN: Haleyville, AL


ENTERED SERVICE: June 2007


UNITS: 21st Special Tactics Squadron


MILITARY TRAINING: United States Airforce basic training  Honor Graduate, Combat Control Orientation Course, Combat Control Operator Course, U.S. Army Airborne School, U.S. Air Force Basic Survival School, Combat Control School, Special Tactics Advanced Skills Training, U.S. Army Military Freefall Parachutist School, and U.S. Air Force Combat Divers School


DEPLOYMENTS: Afghanistan


AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:  TBA


SURVIVED BY: TBA

 

On September 29, 2010 Forester and his team moved through Jangalak village when they came under intense machine gun and sniper fire. Forester acted swiftly by identifying enemy locations and coordinating close air support. The team became engaged in enemy fire soon after, and one of Forester’s teammates, a U.S. Army soldier, was fatally shot by an insurgent sniper. Exposing himself to enemy fire, Forester shot and killed the sniper, and organized a team to recover his teammate’s body.In a final act of gallantry and valor, Forester led his team back into enemy fire to rescue a fallen comrade when he was shot and killed.

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