Col. Michael J. Forsyth
196th Infantry Brigade
COL Michael J. Forsyth was commissioned into the Field Artillery in 1988 upon graduation from the Murray State University ROTC Program in Murray, KY. He has served in various positions of leadership in the Field Artillery from battalion and brigade fire support officer to platoon leader, battery and battalion commander. COL Forsyth has four combat tours including service during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and three tours in Afghanistan, most recently serving as Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery in 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in the volatile eastern region of Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom X in 2009-10.
COL Forsyth received his bachelor’s degree from Murray State University and holds three Masters’ degrees, from Louisiana State University in Military History, the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, KS in Military Art and Science, and most recently receiving a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
LTC Forsyth is married to the former Maryellen Schultz and they have two children, Andrew 24 – a Lieutenant in the US Air Force – and Ashley 21, a college junior and ROTC cadet at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY.
196th Infantry Brigade trains and validates all US Army, Pacific assigned Army National Guard and US Army Reserve forces in accordance with FORSCOM and USARPAC Training Guidance in order to ensure units are fully prepared to deploy in support of Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and other operations as directed.