|Lieutenant General William H. Forster, Ret.|
LTG "Bud" Forster made countless outstanding contributions to Army aviation over his 30 year career.
Fifteen years after his retirement from the Army, his technical contributions remain a part of every major Army helicopter in service.
Dual-rated, an experimental test pilot, and program manager (PM) for both the Kiowa and Apache programs, he pioneered the integration of high capability electro-optic and radar systems on Army aircraft.
LTG Forster was the first officer selected by the Army for astronaut training and the first Aviation Program Executive Officer.
In 1992, he became the first US military officer elected to the Russian Academy of Natural Science.
A rare professional, he was the “Renaissance man” of Army aviation from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.
His combat, military service and civilian recognitions, medals and awards include two Distinguished Service Medals, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, 17 Air Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Senior Army Aviator Badge, the Senior Space Operations Badge, the Army Aviation Association of America Order of St. Michael (Gold Award) and the NASA Award for Outstanding Service.
After retiring in 1995, he continued to excel in private industry, receiving the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Special Award for Lifetime Achievement in advancing vertical flight technology.
He also chaired the Board on Army Science and Technology and serves on the Army Science Board.
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14 - Wright Brothers Meeting
15 - Magnolia Meeting
21 - Jack H. Dibrell Meeting
22 - Lindbergh Fly-In Picnic
25 - Colonial Virginia Scholarship Lunch
26 - MacArthur Meeting
27 - Aviation Center Meeting
27 - Old Tucson Meeting
28 - Corpus Christi Social
28 - Mid-Atlantic Final Friday
28 - Northern Lights Meeting
28 - Washington-Potomac Final Friday
11 Oct - Tarheel Golf Tournament
27 Oct - Michigan Great Lakes
Tim Gordon Memorial 10 Miler and 5K
16 Nov - Washington-Potomac Dining Out