Command Master Chief Forester is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He and his wife of 33 years reside in Chesapeake, VA, together they have two children. CMDCM is a graduate of Tidewater Community College, receiving an Associate Degree in Fire Science and Emergency Medicine. He is near completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Enlisting in the Navy in 1996, his first naval tour was with Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron FOUR in Norfolk, VA. Where in 1997 he was designated as a Naval Air Crewman and Search and Rescue Medical Tech. Following 9/11, he completed three deployments with Joint Special Operation Air Detachment Arabian Peninsula in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Receiving three Air Medals with Strike Flights. While in Ballad, Iraq, in 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
After a brief period in which Master Chief was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Operational Support Team TWO in Virginia Beach, VA; in 2004 and again in 2006, he was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Virginia Beach, VA, where he served as the Medical Department Operations and Training Lead Chief Petty Officer. It was during this assignment, he deployed four additional times as either the Joint Special Operation Senior Enlisted Medical Adviser for combined joint operations or as an Advance Tactical Practitioner. Operating exclusively with Task Force 174, Special Operations Joint Task Force West, or Task Force 373 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Upon leaving active duty, he was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Seal Team EIGHTEEN in Virginia Beach, VA as the Lead Chief Petty Officer for the Medical Department. Then in 2010, he was reassigned as the Lead Chief Petty Officer Medical Department with Submarine Development Squadron FIVE HQ and operated with Naval Reserve Deep Submergence Detachment in San Diego, CA.
In 2011, CMDCM was board selected to serve as the Senior Enlisted Adviser for Naval Reserve Navy Medical Support Command in Jacksonville, FL. After being selected into the Command Senior Chief program in 2012, he was transferred into the Command Master Chief position with Naval Reserve Navy Medicine Education and Training Command in Jacksonville, FL. Upon being promoted to Master Chief and designated as a Command Master Chief, in 2013 he was reassigned to SECOND Navy Expeditionary Logistics Regiment in Williamsburg, VA. In 2015 he was appointed by the MCPON and selected by the Director, where he served on as a Fellow and the only enlisted personnel with the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group through 2016. After completing his third Command Master Chief tour with Coastal Riverine Squadron TEN in Jacksonville, FL, in 2019 he was selected to his current assignment as the Command Master Chief for Naval Expeditionary Base Camp Lemonnier, in Djibouti.
CMDCM Forester is a Graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy - Class 167 (Purple – Class Lead), Naval Leadership and Ethics Center Master Chief Course - Class 115, National Defense University Keystone Course - Class 17-1 (Honor Student), Senior Shore Leadership Course – Class 1904, Reserve Component National Security Course, and MCPON Executive Leadership Course. He has served as a member of the Secretary of the Navy National Navy Reserve Policy Board, Navy Reserve Medicine Executive Advisory Council, SEL of the Navy Reserve Mentorship Network, and U.S. Fleet Force Chief Petty Officer Training Team. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd), Air Medal with Strike Flight (3rd), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4th), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4th), Combat Action Ribbon (2nd), and qualified as Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Naval Aircrewman, and Deep Submergence Insignia.