George J. Forster



Preferred Name: 
George

Nickname/Call Sign: Ace

Date of Birth: October 3, 1936 (April 27, 2019)

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O6

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Biography

Colonel George John Forster (USAF, Ret.) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 3, 1936, to George A. Forster and Irene P. (Dreckmann) Forster.

He married the former Helene G. Vento of Greendale, Wisconsin on November 22, 1958. They had four children and seven grandchildren.

George Joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard in 1956 after graduating from the Air Force Pilot Training Program, entered active duty in 1962 as a fighter pilot, and retired in October of 1988. During his career, George flew many frontline fighter aircraft and served overseas in Vietnam, Thailand, and Spain. He worked in various staff positions, including the Pentagon and commanded a fighter wing.

Upon retiring from the USAF, George and Helene moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. For the next thirteen years, he worked part-time for the ski industry. He enjoyed skiing, baseball, hunting, fishing, and golf. His faith and family meant everything to him.

George is interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80236.

(source: https://obits.gazette.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=George-John-Forster&pid=192757491)

Units Assigned

  • 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-100)
  • 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Awards & Decorations

Silver Star
Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal (with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
AF Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation
AF Outstanding Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Overseas Short Tour Ribbon (with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Overseas Long Tour Ribbon
AF Longevity Service Award (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Flight Info

F-100 – 4+ years
A-1E – 1+ year
F-4- 1+ year
F-16 – 3+ years
F-15 – 4+ years

Military Education

  • 12/1963 Combat Operations Specialist Course
  • 12/1962 Air-Ground Operations Course
  • 4/1967 Upgrade Training (Correspondence)
  • 9/1967 Personnel Equipment Special Supervisor Course
  • 9/1968 SEA Survival School
  • 4/1969 Aircrew Familiarization (T-39)
  • 8/1969 Water Survival
  • 9/1970 F-4 Conversion Training
  • 1/1971 Para-sail Training
  • 1/1971 Life Support Systems School
  • 5/1971 F-4 Instructor Pilot Upgrading Course
  • 9/1971 Air Crew Familiarization (FB-111A)
  • 11/1972 SAC Central Flight Instructor Course (FB-111)
  • 6/1974 Command and Staff
  • 8/1980 TAC Aces
  • 10/1981 Management Oversight and Risk Tree
  • 11/1984 Commanders Seminar
  • Chemical Warfare Course

Civilian Education

Colonel George John Forster (USAF, Ret.) Headed West, April 27, 2019

George John Forster was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 3, 1936, to the late George A. Forster and Irene P. (Dreckmann) Forster.

He married the former Helene G. Vento of Greendale, Wisconsin on November 22, 1958. They have four children, George, Ellen (John) Guarente, Maria (Andy) McCracken, and Angela (Rick) Abbott; and seven grandchildren, Andrew, Christian, Forster, Madeline, George K., Clara, and Lena.

George Joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard in 1956 after graduating from the Air Force Pilot Training Program, entered active duty in 1962 as a fighter pilot, and retired in October of 1988. During his career, George flew many frontline fighter aircraft and served overseas in Vietnam, Thailand, and Spain. He worked in various staff positions, including the Pentagon and commanded a fighter wing.

Upon retiring from the USAF, George and Helene moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. For the next thirteen years, he worked part-time for the ski industry. He enjoyed skiing, baseball, hunting, fishing, and golf. His faith and family meant everything to him.

George is interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80236.

Memorial contributions in George’s memory may be made to:
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, 450 Venard Road, South Abington Township, Pennsylvania, 18411, or online at: https://fssp.com/support/

Colorado Right to Life at: http://coloradortl.org/donate

Assistance League of Colorado Springs at: https://www.assistanceleague.org/colorado-springs/donate/.

(source: https://obits.gazette.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=George-John-Forster&pid=192757491)

Biography

Biography

Colonel George John Forster (USAF, Ret.) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 3, 1936, to George A. Forster and Irene P. (Dreckmann) Forster.

He married the former Helene G. Vento of Greendale, Wisconsin on November 22, 1958. They had four children and seven grandchildren.

George Joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard in 1956 after graduating from the Air Force Pilot Training Program, entered active duty in 1962 as a fighter pilot, and retired in October of 1988. During his career, George flew many frontline fighter aircraft and served overseas in Vietnam, Thailand, and Spain. He worked in various staff positions, including the Pentagon and commanded a fighter wing.

Upon retiring from the USAF, George and Helene moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. For the next thirteen years, he worked part-time for the ski industry. He enjoyed skiing, baseball, hunting, fishing, and golf. His faith and family meant everything to him.

George is interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80236.

(source: https://obits.gazette.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=George-John-Forster&pid=192757491)

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  • 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-100)
  • 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron

Awards & Decorations

Silver Star
Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal (with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
AF Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation
AF Outstanding Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Overseas Short Tour Ribbon (with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Overseas Long Tour Ribbon
AF Longevity Service Award (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Flight Info

F-100 – 4+ years
A-1E – 1+ year
F-4- 1+ year
F-16 – 3+ years
F-15 – 4+ years

Military Education

  • 12/1963 Combat Operations Specialist Course
  • 12/1962 Air-Ground Operations Course
  • 4/1967 Upgrade Training (Correspondence)
  • 9/1967 Personnel Equipment Special Supervisor Course
  • 9/1968 SEA Survival School
  • 4/1969 Aircrew Familiarization (T-39)
  • 8/1969 Water Survival
  • 9/1970 F-4 Conversion Training
  • 1/1971 Para-sail Training
  • 1/1971 Life Support Systems School
  • 5/1971 F-4 Instructor Pilot Upgrading Course
  • 9/1971 Air Crew Familiarization (FB-111A)
  • 11/1972 SAC Central Flight Instructor Course (FB-111)
  • 6/1974 Command and Staff
  • 8/1980 TAC Aces
  • 10/1981 Management Oversight and Risk Tree
  • 11/1984 Commanders Seminar
  • Chemical Warfare Course

Civilian Education

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Headed West

Colonel George John Forster (USAF, Ret.) Headed West, April 27, 2019

George John Forster was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 3, 1936, to the late George A. Forster and Irene P. (Dreckmann) Forster.

He married the former Helene G. Vento of Greendale, Wisconsin on November 22, 1958. They have four children, George, Ellen (John) Guarente, Maria (Andy) McCracken, and Angela (Rick) Abbott; and seven grandchildren, Andrew, Christian, Forster, Madeline, George K., Clara, and Lena.

George Joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard in 1956 after graduating from the Air Force Pilot Training Program, entered active duty in 1962 as a fighter pilot, and retired in October of 1988. During his career, George flew many frontline fighter aircraft and served overseas in Vietnam, Thailand, and Spain. He worked in various staff positions, including the Pentagon and commanded a fighter wing.

Upon retiring from the USAF, George and Helene moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. For the next thirteen years, he worked part-time for the ski industry. He enjoyed skiing, baseball, hunting, fishing, and golf. His faith and family meant everything to him.

George is interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80236.

Memorial contributions in George’s memory may be made to:
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, 450 Venard Road, South Abington Township, Pennsylvania, 18411, or online at: https://fssp.com/support/

Colorado Right to Life at: http://coloradortl.org/donate

Assistance League of Colorado Springs at: https://www.assistanceleague.org/colorado-springs/donate/.

(source: https://obits.gazette.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=George-John-Forster&pid=192757491)