Michael Forsyth

COL Michael Forsyth is currently a student at the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA.  Most recently he commanded 2nd Battalion, 77 Field Artillery in the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), which included service in Afghanistan during OEF X.  He has also served as the executive officer for 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) as well as the battalion S3 and executive officer for 4-25th FA in 3/10th Mountain (LI).  He commanded a battery in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and has four combat tours during his service, the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and three tours in Afghanistan supporting the Global War on Terror.  COL Forsyth has also served as an instructor at the United States Air Force Academy in the Department of Military and Strategic Studies.  He has authored two books about Civil War campaigns titled The Red River Campaign of 1864 and the Loss of the Civil War by the Confederacy (McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2002) and The Camden Expedition of 1864 (McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2003).  He holds a masters degree from Louisiana State University and a Master of Military Art and Science from the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS).

Former Battalion Commander describes frustrations of command relationships in Afghanistan and offers recommendations.