|About the Book|
On September 29, 2010 my brother, Mark Forester, was KIA while fighting terrorist in Afghanistan. His heroic legacy of being shot down while preparing to rescue a fallen teammate began long before this tragic day.An Apache aviator said of MarksMoreOn September 29, 2010 my brother, Mark Forester, was KIA while fighting terrorist in Afghanistan. His heroic legacy of being shot down while preparing to rescue a fallen teammate began long before this tragic day.An Apache aviator said of Marks final battle: ...I have never witnessed such an act of heroism in my three years of fighting in combat. I have over 2,700 hours total time with 1,500 hours of combat time in both Iraq and Afghanistan...JAG 28 continued to advance on the enemy while taking intense enemy fire, and continuously fired his weapon in an attempt to get to his fallen teammate and destroy the enemy.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. Mark’s military career was only a small part of his life, so this book doesnt highlight just the last three years of his 29 years on earth, but Ive 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 his most vicious battles in one of the most violent areas of the world.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.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?