SOFREP takes pride in recognizing the heroes of US SOCOM and we wish the Forester family our best.  I’ve served with the CCT and other AFSOC personnel and they are a solid group of individuals.  Hat tip to Mark Forester an American Hero.

By Rachel Arroyo

6/15/2012 – HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Senior Airman Mark Forester’s body armor was wrapped in an American flag when he was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper’s fire Sept. 29, 2010.

This simple act is a testament to how Forester lived his life, a life respected by all who knew him.

Forester, a combat controller assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C., was posthumously awarded the Silver Star in a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15.


The Silver Star, the third highest combat medal, is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the U.S. while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force.

The medal was presented to his parents, Ray and Pat Forester of Haleyville, Ala.