Following graduation from The Basic School in 2003, Major Forsythe
reported to Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 (MATSG-21) for Naval
Aviation Flight Training. In 2004 Major Forsythe was re-assigned as an
Air Support Control Officer and reported to Marine Air Support Squadron 3
(MASS-3), Camp Pendleton, California for on the job training. Soon after
his arrival, he attended the Air Support Control Officer’s Course at Marine
Corps Communication and Electronics School (MCCES), 29 Palms, California.
Upon graduation, he received the 7208 MOS.
While serving at MASS-3, Major Forsythe deployed in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2005. On deployment, he served as an Air
Support Liaison Team (ASLT) Officer In Charge (OIC) with Regimental Combat Team
2 (RCT-2), Helicopter Director (HD), and Tactical Air Director (TAD).
Following the OIF deployment, Major Forsythe assumed duties as a Platoon Commander
and Air Support Company Commander during which period he deployed for a second
tour in support of OIF in 2006. On this second deployment he gained
experience serving as a Senior Air Director (SAD) in the First Marine
Expeditionary Force Direct Air Support center (DASC). Upon his return
from OIF, in 2007 Major Forsythe was designated a Weapons and Tactics
Instructor (WTI) by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1).
From 2007-2010, Major Forsythe was assigned to MAWTS-1, Marine Corps
Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Arizona as an academic officer and DASC Division Head
in the Command, Control, and Communications department.
In July 2010, Major Forsythe reported to Marine Tactical Air
Command Squadron 28 (MTACS-28), MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina and served
briefly as the Weapons and Tactics Training Program (WTTP) Officer. In January 2011 Major
Forsythe assumed duties as the 2d MAW (fwd) Tactical Air Command Center (TACC)
OIC in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Following his
deployment in support of OEF, Major Forsythe served as the Assistant Operations
Officer, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer. He is currently serving in the curriculum
development department at Expeditionary Warfare School.
Major Forsythe holds a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Political Science for California State University
Fullerton. He is also a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School, and the Weapons
and Tactics Instructors Course.
Areas of Interest:
- Cold War History
- Command and Control
- Threat Weapons Systems