carl forsling

Carl Forsling

Carl Forsling is a senior columnist for Task & Purpose. He is a Marine MV-22B pilot and former CH-46E pilot who is retired from the military after 20 years of service. He is the father of two children and a graduate of Boston University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent articles from Carl Forsling

Philippine Sea (June 18, 2006) – Aircraft Carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) sail in formation at the start of Exercise Valiant Shield 2006. Valiant Shield 2006 is the largest joint exercise in recent history. Held in the Guam operating area June 19-23, the exercise includes 28 naval vessels. Nearly 300 aircraft and approximately 22,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are participating in the exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Spike Call (RELEASED)
Here’s Why Aircraft Carriers Are Ready To Go The Way Of The Battleship
Against any near peer adversary, aircraft carriers are far too vulnerable to be of much use.
New runway offers new capabilities for FOB Delaram II
Pilot Retention Is In A Death Spiral. Here’s How The Marine Corps Can Fix It
Pilots are getting out for better pay, better working conditions, and more flight time. The Marine Corps needs to take radical steps to stop the bleeding.
Giving 22 for 22 on 22...Naval Hospital Bremerton Command Master Chief Randy Pruitt drops for 22 pushups for 22 veterans on April 22, 2016 to support the command's ‘22 Pushup Challenge for Veteran’s Suicide Awareness.'
You Can Do A Lot More For Veterans Suicide Than Just ‘Raise Awareness’
Checking in on your fellow veterans, making donations to veterans’ groups, and volunteering will do a lot more than posting videos of pushups.
Chaplain (Capt.) Timothy Tangen, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing chaplain, holds a bible while preaching during a service Jan. 1, 2016 at the Warrior Chapel, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. During the service, Tangen spoke about the importance of spiritual resilience over the new year.
A Marine Says Her Religion Exempted Her From Certain Rules. Here’s Why She’s Wrong
Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling was given a bad conduct discharge. The Supreme Court should decline to overturn it.
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the Air Combat Element of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force prepares arrives at Stuttgart Army Airfield March 26, 2013, in Stuttgart, Germany.
What The Latest Marine Aviation Mishap Says About Pilot Readiness
The budget squeeze brought about by the sequester plus the demands of continuing deployments have brought aircraft readiness to dangerously low levels.
U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Chairman Senator John McCain listens to testimony from Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter during a hearing discussing Counter-ISIL(Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) Strategy, on Capitol Hill, July 7, 2015.
Veterans Benefits
McCain Has To Stand With Veterans, Not For-Profit Colleges
DoD and the VA can’t do much while powerful senators protect the bad actors.
6 Things We Still Love About ‘Heartbreak Ridge,’ 30 Years Later
The movie opened Dec. 5, 1986, but it still has lessons for today.
Lance Cpl. Andrew Sedamanos rushes to his squad during Military Operations on Urban Terrain, otherwise known as MOUT, training at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., Nov. 8, 2016. Smoke was used to provide concealment from simulated enemy forces in order for Sedamanos to manuever without the risk of exposure. Sedamanos  is a rifleman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.
Veterans Benefits
This Is What Happens When Troops Are Kicked Out Of The Military Because Of PTSD
The short, five-episode series "Charlie Foxtrot" makes a compelling case that leaders often take the easy way out when it comes to troops’ mental illness.
Photo from a protest against waterboarding, on the occasion of Condoleezza Rice's visit to Iceland, by Campaign Against Military Bases.
Don’t Wait Until The Trump Administration Gives An Illegal Order To Think About How You’ll Respond
The president-elect has backed off a little, but Mike Pence says the administration won’t rule anything out.
Sailors participating in a crossing the line ceremony kneel before the royal court on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
Some Military Traditions Are Worth Preserving. Others Are Obsolete
Learning to distinguish between traditions with value and those without it will help preserve the service from overzealous civilians.
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000).
‘Change For The Sake Of Change’ Seems To Be The Navy Secretary’s Motto
Secretary Mabus has offered dozens of solutions in search of problems during his tenure.
Why The All-Volunteer Force Struggles More Than Draftees
It’s not that things are worse for veterans today. It’s just that more of them come from fewer and fewer segments of society.
U.S. Army Spc. Cole Spoon, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Signal Brigade sits before the Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year Board during the Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) Best Warrior Competition  at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., June 12, 2014.
The ‘Up-Or-Out’ Promotion System Hurts The Military
A broken system leads to careerism and costs the military valuable people, knowledge, wisdom, and experience.
Screenshot from "Joe Dirt" trailer.
4 Jodies Who Will Ruin Your Life
Like Agent Smith in “The Matrix,” Jody can pop up wherever he sees his target, no matter how far away.
A law enforcement officer watches over Morehouse College students, who marched from campus, raise their fists in the air joining others in a rally and protest at the CNN Center, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.
Americans Are To Blame For The Fractured State Of The Media
The way we consume news enables us to only follow outlets that reinforce our existing views, and that’s a big problem.
Why The Best War Movies Came Out Of The 1980s
As much as movies shape the culture, the culture shapes the movies.
Senior Drill Instructor Sgt. Timothy C. Hang, Platoon 3078, Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, leads his platoon during a final drill evaluation Sept. 21, 2016, on Parris Island, S.C.
Joining the Military
It Will Take More Than Increased Supervision To Fix Hazing At Marine Boot Camp
Even scoundrels have a point sometimes. Make it easier to get rid of non-performing recruits.
Scales cover
Gen Robert Scales Thinks Our Infantry Isn’t Ready For The Next War
Maj. Gen. Robert Scales’ new book emphasizes that planning for future warfare should center around the infantryman.
All Military Service Deserves Equal Respect, Regardless Of MOS
It’s pointless to argue over who’s the toughest when there’s always someone a little more badass.