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 found himself in the new field of electronics. While serving with the Navy, he was at the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1945. He left the Navy to go to college, and joined the Air Force’s ROTC program his junior year. That began a career in the Air Force, both active duty and reserves, that would last for 30 years. During that time, Forte helped in designing communications equipment that was used from the Korean War through the Cold War. He would retire from the Air Force Reserves in 1981 as a colonel.