Cmdr. Brian A. Forster

Commanding Officer, USS Milwaukee (LCS 5)

17 May 2022

Cmdr. Brian A. Forster
Cmdr. Brian A. Forster
Cmdr. Brian A. Forster
Cmdr. Brian A. Forster
Cmdr. Brian A. Forster
Photo By: MC1 Jacob Milham
VIRIN: 220517-N-OW182-0002
 Commander Forster is a native of Buena, New Jersey and a 2002 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.

At sea, he served as the Repair Officer and Damage Control Assistant on USS Taylor (FFG 50), Training Officer on USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), Electronics Warfare Officer for US Army 46th Engineering Construction Battalion and United States Marine Corps Military, Police and Border Training Teams forward deployed to Al Anbar Province in Iraq. His department head experience includes assignments as the Operations Officer of USS Stephen W Groves (FFG 29) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). He served as Executive Officer on USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) from August 2017 through August 2019 where theship earned two Retention Excellence Awards, CNSP Tactics Award and the VADM Copeman Material Readiness Award.

Ashore, Commander Forster attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security Affairs, with a regional emphasis in Far East Asia. Later, he served as the cell lead for the Capabilities and Limitations curriculum as well as Information Operations at the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, Rhode Island. Finally, he served in the Future Operations directorate at U.S. 6th Fleet working with our allies throughout Europe planning and coordinating various exercises.

Commander Forster's awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (multiple awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards.

CDR Forster commanded USS BILLINGS (LCS 15) Gold from March 2020 to September 2021, completing initial certifications and her maiden deployment. He relieved as the Commanding Officer of USS MILWAUKEE (LCS 5) in October 2021.

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