TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Military authorities say Mark Andrew Forester, a University of Alabama graduate and senior airman with the U.S. Air Force, was killed in combat in Afghanistan.
Family members say the 29-year-old Forester was supposed to return home to Haleyville next month and had made plans to attend the Iron Bowl in November with his family. Forester's brother, Thad, says Forester found a way to work an item representing the Crimson Tide into his combat wardrobe on a regular basis. Thad Forester said his brother served as an Air Force combat controller, a skilled position that demands entry into hostile territory. He described his brother as being able to remain calm in extremely stressful situations.