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The Price of Freedom
On September 29th, 2010, Senior Airman Mark Forester, beloved son, brother and friend was killed in Afghanistan while attempting to save a fallen comrade. We hope that you find Mark's example a source of inspiration, patriotism and proof that heroes are real.
Mark was a member of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field (formerly Pope AFB) NC. His website is dedicated to all Combat Controllers as well as US Servicemen, both past and present. We are eternally grateful for their service and sacrifice and for the freedoms we enjoy.
Mark Andrew Forester - JAG 28
(May 15, 1981 - September 29, 2010)
“...No, I'm 30 meters to the east of that tree line standing in the wide open brown field all by myself like a big dummy.” - "My Brother in Arms" Ch. 11
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Combat Control Graduation
On June 19, 2008, Mark graduated from Combat Control School at Pope AFB, NC, and finally donned the Red Beret. The picture below shows him receiving this prized possession after much training, pain, agony, and success. He looks happy to have it presented to him.
His CCT graduating class. We have much respect for these men. We have met several of them. As a side note, the CCT on the bottom right, kneeling, is Ben Armado. He and his wife Jamie had a son in the fall and named him Axton Forester Armado, after our brother.
With mom and dad after graduation and after receiving the "Distinguished Graduate" award.
Taken at the Combat Control School. This was a very interesting place to visit and to learn more of the history of CCT's. These men really are 'quiet professionals'.
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