Retired Aug. 1, 1987.
Lt. Gen. Forrest S. McCartney is commander of the Space Division, Air Force Systems Command, Los Angeles Air Force Station, Calif.
General McCartney was born in 1931, in Fort Payne, Ala. He graduated from Gulfport Military Academy in 1949; received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, in 1952; and earned a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1955. He is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
He received his commission as a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Alabama Polytechnic Institute and entered the regular Air Force in October 1952. His first assignment was with the Air Force Logistics Command at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The general entered the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1953 and upon graduation in 1955, served as project officer for various programs involving special weapons and their delivery, and for nuclear weapons safety systems studies at the Special Weapons Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
In May 1959 General McCartney was assigned to the newly formed Satellite Control Facility, Sunnyvale, Calif., and served as an Air Force satellite controller during early space operations. From November 1961 to August 1966, General McCartney was assigned to the Office of Space Activities, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. As project officer he was involved in the Titan III program and various Air Force communication satellite programs.
Following graduation from the Armed Forces Staff College in 1967, General McCartney joined the Directorate of Space at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as the program element monitor for satellite communications programs and other selected space-related efforts. He transferred to the Air Force Eastern Test Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., in July 1971 and served as the director of range engineering. He was then assigned to the Space and Missile Systems Organization at Los Angeles Air Force Station, in June 1974 as the systems program director for the Air Force Satellite Communication Systems Program and later as systems program director for Fleet Satellite Communications Systems. In August 1976 General McCartney was reassigned within the organization as deputy for space communications systems.
He moved to Norton Air Force Base, Calif., in September 1979, as vice commander of the Ballistic Missile Office and was named commander of the Ballistic Missile Office and M-X program director in November 1980. General McCartney became vice commander of the Space Division in May 1982 and in May 1983 became commander of Space Division and vice commander, Space Command. Upon activation of the U.S. Space Command, he was redesignated commander of the Space Division in October 1985.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He also wears the master missile badge and the master space badge.
He was promoted to lieutenant general May 1, 1983, with same date of rank.