U.S. Navy 1945–1947
U.S. Air Force 1951–1981
Michael Forte entered the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II and trained as an Aviation Electronics Technician’s Mate. After his service, he attended college where he majored in electrical engineering and joined the Air Force ROTC program. During his FOrce career, both active and reserves, he designed communications equipment that was used through the 1990’s . He retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1981 as a colonel.