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

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.