On the 3rd anniversary of Mark’s death, his biography, My Brother in Arms, will be available for purchase. I started writing this book in October 2010 and am relieved to finally have it completed. There are many people who helped contribute and our family is very grateful to you all. In addition, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has reviewed the manuscript (only the sections involving Mark’s military career) and only requested minor modifications, which have been made. I asked them to review because I did not want to print any info that wasn’t correct or that would put our military and/or our country at risk. We have striven for accuracy in all areas.
Here is a note from the publisher, Triumph Press: “I just wanted to let you know that I printed out your manuscript and have been able to give it a careful, uninterrupted read…I laughed out loud and cried big dripping tears many, many times in front of everyone around me. This is a GREAT book! I’m looking forward to helping you bring it to the world and find great success in sharing it widely. I’m deeply grateful for this opportunity!”
When the cover design is completed, we’ll post it here as well as on the foundation Facebook page. Readers will also have the opportunity to pre-order, which we encourage you to do. When this option is available, you will be notified the same way. Please keep an eye out.
Below is taken from the page of the book describing Mark’s foundation.
Here is a summary of the book:
“Immediately after my brother was killed heroically while fighting terrorists in Afghanistan, I have devoted every available moment to promoting his legacy of service, sacrifice and excellence. Since his death, our eyes and hearts have been opened to multiple examples of selflessness and patriotism by meeting his teammates and leaders in the military. We have witnessed first-hand their ability to turn off their stern, professional personae and turn on compassion, love, support and acceptance. I feel a strong desire to Honor our Heroes. This book highlights one hero, SrA Mark A. Forester, and also helps recognize many other men and women who volunteer to fight for our freedom.
Mark chose to enlist in the Air Force as a Special Operations Combat Controller after he received his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama. Because of his above average grades and near-photographic memory, his Business Finance degree would have done him well. But, he felt a higher calling; one that put him between us and the enemies bent on our destruction.
Mark is the youngest of five children. He is my younger brother and I write from that viewpoint. We were the youngest in the family and he was my best friend. There are few things in life that I can speak of with total confidence and conviction—my little brother is one of them. I will spend the rest of my life proclaiming the man and warrior he was. Mark’s military career was only a small part of his life, so this book doesn’t highlight just the last three years of his 29 years on earth, but I’ve tried to capture his entire life. From his family environment, to his spiritual beliefs, to his trials, and then to his physical talents; these all prepared him to face the most violent battles in one of the most violent areas of the world.
My Brother in Arms is not a memorial in print, but a biography for continuing Mark’s legacy of perseverance, determination and accomplishing our missions on earth. We each have different missions, but what’s important is for each of us to recognize ours and work to accomplish it. In the end, don’t we all want to go out while moving forward?”