Mr. Forrester received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied sciences and engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, in 1979, and a Master of Science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in 1989.
Mr. Forrester entered the U.S. Army Aviation School in 1979 and was designated an Army Aviator in September 1980. He was subsequently assigned as an instructor pilot at the Aviation School and as the Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Aviation Center. In 1989, he was assigned as a flight test engineer and as the research and development coordinator with the Army Aviation Engineering Flight Activity at Edwards Air Force Base, California. In June 1992, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and was designated an experimental test pilot. A Master Army Aviator, he has logged over 4800 hours in over 50 different aircraft. Mr. Forrester retired from the Army in October 2005.
Mr. Forrester began his NASA career in 1993 at the Johnson Space Center as an aerospace engineer. He was selected as a mission specialist astronaut candidate by NASA in May 1996. He completed two years of training and evaluation, and was qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Initially, Mr. Forrester was assigned to duties at the Kennedy Space Center as a member of the astronaut support team, responsible for Shuttle prelaunch vehicle checkout, crew ingress and strap-in, and crew egress after landing. He next served as the technical assistant to the Director, Flight Crew Operations. Following that, Mr. Forrester served as the Shuttle training and on-board crew procedures representative. He has also served as a CAPCOM for both ISS and shuttle missions. Forrester flew on STS-105 (2001), STS-117 (2007), and STS-128 (2009). He has logged over 950 hours in space, including four spacewalks totaling 25 hours and 22 minutes of EVA time.
His technical assignments within the Astronaut Office Operations Development Branch have included: flight software testing with the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); astronaut office representative for Landing/Rollout issues, Multi-function Electronic Display System (MEDS) upgrade of the Orbiter fleet, and the Portable In-flight Landing Operations Trainer (PILOT). He has also served as the crew representative for robotics development for the International Space Station.
Mr. Forrester has received numerous awards and special honors including the Defense Superior Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; NASA Space Flight Medal; and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.