Forester, Mark Andrew, SrA

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Last Rank
Senior Airman E-4
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1C2X1-Combat Control
Last AFSC Group
Command & Control
Primary Unit
2009-2010, 1C2X1, 21st Special Tactics Squadron
Service Years
2007 - 2010
Senior Airman E-4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Haleyville and/or Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Last Address
Pope AFB, North Carolina &
Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Sep 29, 2010
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Winston Memorial Cemetery - Haleyville, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Combat Control Team Military Free Fall Jumpmaster TACP Air Commando

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Combat Control AssociationGlobal War on Terrorism Fallen
  2010, Combat Control Association
  2013, Global War on Terrorism Fallen [Verified]

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Parachutist (Basic)
Scuba Diver

 Unit Assignments
Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)21st Special Tactics Squadron
  2008-2010, 1C1X1, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
  2009-2010, 1C2X1, 21st Special Tactics Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2007-2010 Global War on Terror2
  2009-2010 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)1
 Colleges Attended 
University of Alabama
  2002-2006, University of Alabama
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 29, 2014, Other/Notes/Link(s)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
From Air Force Times:

Combat controller killed in Afghanistan

By Jill Laster - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Oct 1, 2010 12:31:43 EDT

An Alabama airman has become the service?s fourth fatality in Iraq and Afghanistan in two weeks.

Senior Airman Mark A. Forester died in the Uruzgan province Sept. 29 while conducting combat operations in the area. The 29-year-old worked with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron of Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

Forester, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was a devout Mormon with a close-knit family, said his friend Michael Andrew. The airman also believed he was put on earth to defend the U.S.

He was an unusual combination of characters in that he had this desire to kill the bad guys, but he was the most compassionate, kind, mild-mannered person you'd ever meet, Andrew said.

The 21st Special Tactics Squadron plans to honor Forester during a memorial service, but a date and time had not been set by Sept. 30. Maj. Edmund Loughran, the squadron's acting commander, said in a news release that Forester "believed with all his heart in serving his God, his country and his family."

The unit mourns his loss, but we could not be more proud of his devotion to defending what he believed in most,? Loughran said.

Forester's death in Afghanistan follows those of Senior Airman Daniel R. Sanchez, a combat controller who died Sept. 16 conducting combat operations, and Senior Airman Michael J. Buras, a bomb technician killed Sept. 21 in a bomb explosion.

Senior Airman James A. Hansen, an airfield management operations coordinator, died in Iraq on Sept. 15 during a controlled detonation.

Forester and Sanchez will be honored during the Walk for the Fallen, an 860-mile trek beginning Oct. 9 from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to Hurlburt Field, Fla.

The walk originally commemorated 12 fallen special tactics airmen, but Forester and Sanchez were added after their deaths. Each of the 15 active-duty airmen scheduled to participate in the walk will carry 50-pound rucksacks and batons, each with the name of one of the 14 fallen airmen.

Master Sgt. Kenneth Huhman, one of the event's organizers and chief of the combat control selection course at Lackland, said deaths often hit home in such a small career field.

One of the walking airmen will escort Forester's remains home, and another was close to Sanchez. But Huhman said the deaths will help motivate the airmen honoring fallen colleagues.

"We're always going to want to be motivated and remember the guys we lost," he said. "The fact we lost them so close to the walk, it does give a little additional inspiration."

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