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41 Association of the United States Navy Farewell to RADM Forrest NRA's longest-serving National Executive Director I t is with deepest sadness that I inform our AUSN family of the passing of RADM Jim Forrest, SC, USN (Retired), the seventh and our longest serving Executive Director—at the helm for nearly 22 years and the highest example of dedica- tion to the mission of the Naval Reserve Association (NRA), AUSN's founding organization. He began his naval career as an enlisted sailor, completed his Naval Academy education in only three years because of World War II, served on a total of eight ships and had a very successful career in the Supply Corps. During his term as NRA's Executive Director, he personally raised over three million dollars for the then NRA headquar- ters in Alexandria, Va., which was dedicated in 1985. Part of the funds were also used for the Naval Reserve Library, as well as the Naval Reserve Assistance Program for the naval reservists who participated in the Persian Gulf campaign. Inter- ment will be at Arlington National Cemetery Nov. 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. We extend our deepest condolences to RADM Forrest's family on behalf of our entire AUSN family. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. n RADM James E. Forrest, SC, USN (Ret.), known as "Jim," passed away June 15, 2017 in Alexan- dria, Va. at the age of 95 due to a stroke. He was surrounded by family. He retired June 1, 1975 aer 30 years of active naval service; his last assignment was Auditor General of the Navy, Office of the Comp- troller, with additional duty as Director of the Naval Audit Service. Previously he served as Deputy Commander, Mili- tary Traffic Management Command and Terminal Service. A native of Palms, Ca., he enlisted in the Navy in 1940 and served on the battleships USS Tennessee (BB 43) and USS Wyoming (BB 32) and the fleet oiler USS Cuyama (AO 3) before earning an appointment to the Naval Academy in 1942, graduating with the accelerated class of 1946 on June 6, 1945. He commanded three auxiliary motor minesweepers (USS YMS 442, USS YMS 414, USS YMS 438) before transferring to the Supply Corps in 1948. He later served as Supply Officer aboard USS Saratoga (CVA 60) and USS Hyman (DD 732); he also served at Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Comptroller at Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu; and at the Aviation Supply Office, Philadelphia. Assignments included Deputy Director and Director, Simulation and Computer Directorate; CO and XO of Navy Fleet Material Support Office, Mechanicsburg, PA; and Assistant Fleet and Force Supply Officer, Pacific Fleet Service Force. He was selected for the rank of Rear Admiral in 1971. Academic achieve- ments include obtaining an MBA from Stanford University in June 1954 and graduating from the Naval Postgraduate School and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His medals include: Legion of Merit (two gold stars), the Navy Commendation Medal, and numerous campaign awards. Aer retiring from the Navy in 1975, he served as National Executive Director of the Naval Reserve Association for nearly 22 years, from 1975-1996. He received the Distinguished Public Service Award in August 1996 from the Secretary of the Navy for sustained distinguished service of 56 years to the United States of America and the Department of the Navy. He was awarded the NRA National Distinguished Service Award November 1996. RADM Forrest is survived by his wife of 70 years, Elisibeth ("Liz") Hanson Forrest, and five children: Ann (Dileep) Bhandarkar, James (Alice) Forrest, Jean (CAPT Steven D. Kesselring, SC, USN, Ret.) Forrest, Ellen (Serge Astaud) Forrest, and CAPT omas (Jamie) Forrest, USN, Ret., as well as four grandchildren, Jennifer (Blaine) Sharleville, Bennett (Laura) Hansson, Patrick (Bridget) Forrest, and Emily (Robert) Shanahan, and three great-grandchildren: Cooper Forrest, and Logan and Morgan Shanahan. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at 1 pm. Here's the link to leave comments:

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