Chief Executive Officer, Defence Teaming Centre Inc.
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Ms Forster joined the Defence Teaming Centre in December 2016 after a long and distinguished career in the Australian Defence Force.
Born in Adelaide, Ms Forster joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in August 1982. On graduation from the RAN Naval College and completion of Supply Officer training, she undertook a number of Supply Officer roles ashore and at sea before transferring to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in late 1988.
Ms Forster took a three year leave of absence from the RAAF in 1992 and worked as Senior Administrator with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Australian Embassy, Washington DC. In May 1995 Ms Forster returned to the RAAF to work in Air Force Materiel Division.
Over the next ten years Ms Forster specialised in organisational reform and design, and workforce transition, supporting a number of workforce reform projects including the Chief of Air Force's Rebalance and Reshape Program. January 2007 saw Ms Forster's focus shift to combat support when she was appointed as the Base Commander RAAF Base Williams and Commanding Officer Combat Support Unit Williams, for which she was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal on the 2009 Queens Birthday Honours List.
In 2009, Ms Forster joined Aerospace Operational Support Group as the Staff Officer Personnel, and later the Chief of Staff. Ms Forster deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations in November 2010 as the Commanding Officer Combat Support Unit, Al Minhad Air Base. Her efforts on this deployment saw her awarded a Chief of Joint Operations Gold Commendation for 'contribution to significant improvements to support for forces engaged in combat operations'. Other awards include commendations from the Chief of Air Force and Assistant Chief of Materiel - Air Force for her contribution to workforce reform and for project management.
In May 2012 Ms Forster was promoted to Group Captain and appointed as Director, Pathway to Change. In this position she was responsible for coordination, reporting and oversight of Pathway to Change implementation within Air Force. Ms Forster served in this role until January 2013 when she took up the position of Chief of Staff Air Force Personnel Branch. Ms Forster is a graduate of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (2015), with a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies. Ms Forster was promoted and appointed to the post of Commandant, Australian Command and Staff College in December 2015 before retiring from the Air Force in December 2016 to take up the position of CEO of the Defence Teaming Centre.