United States Marine Corps Maj. Michael Forster, a graduate of Colusa High School and son of Meridian residents David and Patria Forster, was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in connection with combat operations against the enemy as an Air/Fire Officer, Special Operations Task Force – North, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Iraq, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from August 2016 to February 2017.
“By his extraordinary courage, zealous initiative, and total dedication to duty, Major Forster reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service,” Forster’s citation for the Bronze Star Medal, signed by United States Marine Corps Major General C. E. Mundy III, read.
Forster graduated from Colusa High School in 2001, and from the University of San Diego in 2005. He was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer in December 2005. Forster currently lives in San Juan Capistrano with his wife, Serena, and son, Miles (pictured). He is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton, working at the Marine Corps Air Station as a part of the Marine Light Attack Training Squadron 303 “Atlas.” Forster is a Weapons and Tactics Instructor Pilot, and the Officer in Charge of the Department of Safety and Standardization. ■