Maj. Gen. H.H. "Bugs" Forsythe is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, 9th Air Force, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. In this capacity he often serves as the acting commander or vice commander for 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces. Additionally, he serves as the principal adviser to the commander for Reserve forces that are mobilized into 9th Air Force or USCENTAF. The 9th Air Force comprises four wings in the eastern United States and four direct reporting units with more than 350 aircraft and 24,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. The command is also responsible for the operational readiness of 189th Air Force-gained National Guard and Air Force Reserve units. As the air component for U.S. Central Command, USCENTAF develops contingency plans, conducts air operations and supports national engagement policy for a 25-nation area of responsibility.

General Forsythe graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He has served on active duty, in the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. His duties have included instructor pilot, flight commander, weapons officer and operations officer. He has commanded a squadron and operations group. General Forsythe is a command pilot with more than 4,500 hours in various military aircraft.

In his civilian occupation, he is a Boeing 777 captain with a major airline based in Washington D.C. He also has flown as a corporate pilot, charter pilot, and Learjet test pilot, and has more than 16,000 civilian flight hours.

1969 Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1976 Master of Science degree in systems management, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas
1976 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1996 Air War College, by correspondence

1. July 1969 - August 1970, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. October 1970 - October 1971, C-123K pilot, 19th Tactical Airlift Support Squadron, Ton Son Nhut and DaNang Air Bases, Republic of Vietnam
3. November 1971 - December 1973, T-38 instructor pilot, 54th Flying Training Squadron, Reese AFB, Texas
4. January 1974 - April 1976, T-38 pilot instructor training instructor pilot, 560th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
5. May 1976 - December 1978, F-105 instructor pilot, 127th Fighter Squadron, Kansas Air National Guard, McConnell AFB, Kan.
6. January 1979 - September 1982, F-105 pilot, 466th Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
7. October 1982 - June 1984, F-4D instructor pilot, 127th Fighter Squadron, Kansas Air National Guard, McConnell AFB, Kan.
8. July 1984 - October 1985, F-4D Weapons School instructor, 184th Fighter Group, Kansas Air National Guard, McConnell AFB, Kan.
9. November 1985 - December 1986, F-4D instructor pilot, 465th Fighter Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
10. January 1987 - February 1988, F-16 instructor pilot and operations officer, 465th Fighter Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
11. March 1989 - September 1991, Commander, 465th Fighter Squadron, United States Air Force Reserve, Tinker AFB, Okla.
12. October 1991- February 1994, Commander, Operations Group, 507th Fighter Group, Tinker AFB, Okla.
13. April 1994 - March 1997, senior individual mobilization augmentee to the Commander, 72nd Air Base Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla.
14. April 1997 - March 2000, mobilization assistant to the Commander, 19th Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas
15. March 2000 - November 2003, mobilization assistant to the Commander, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
16. November 2003 - present, mobilization assistant to the Commander, 9th Air Force, Shaw AFB, S.C.

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,500 military; more than 16,000 civilian
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C-123K, F-105, F-4D and F-16

Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Second Lieutenant June 4, 1969
First Lieutenant Dec. 4, 1970
Captain June 4, 1972
Major April 29, 1983
Lieutenant Colonel April 29, 1990
Colonel May 1, 1994
Brigadier General Sept. 1, 1999
Major General Jan. 1, 2002

(Current as of March 2006)