May 30–31, 2018 • Fairbanks, AK

Michael Forcht

United States Air Force

Michael Forcht

United States Air Force

Michael L. Forcht is the current Command Engineer working in the Joint Logistics Office (J4) at the combined Alaska NORAD Region (ANR)-Alaska Command (ALCOM) Headquarters on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson.

He provides Engineering, Energy, and Environmental leadership and expertise to the Headquarters Staff. This expertise includes issues associated with strategic infrastructure, facilities and utilities used by and of interest to ANR and ALCOM relevant to strategic planning and operations, acts as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Engineering, Infrastructure, and Facilities Strategic/Operational Planning, develops Emergency Preparedness and Response plans to support civil authorities’ requirements during disaster and terrorist attacks and manages and coordinates Environmental and Engineer issues in the AK, including the Arctic region.

Mr. Forcht was commissioned in the Air Force in 1988 as a graduate of Oregon State University, earning a degree in civil engineering. He has held many engineering positions within the Air Force, both as a civilian and as an Officer. He commanded a civil engineer squadron in Alaska, and several units deployed. He retired in 2015 in the rank of lieutenant colonel. He also has held leadership positons within Civil Engineering Squadrons as a DoD civilian.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Forcht served as the Chief of Operations Engineering in the 77rd Civil Engineering Squadron on JBER. In that positions he was responsible for implementing the Air Force Asset Management system for the largest Joint Base in the Pacific Region. Mr. Forcht is registered as a licensed professional engineer in the state of Alaska.

  • 1988 B.S., civil engineering, Oregon State University
  • 1993 M.S., engineering and environmental management, Air Force Institute of Technology