Forrest Underwood Class Of 2009


Forrest is building the future of US public-private partnerships by embedding the Department of Defense’s rising stars and innovation leaders into the best venture capital firms and startups in technology hubs across the country. He also serves as the Class of 2009’s Checkpoints Scribe, Class Advisory Senator, Executive Committee member, and has grown the USAFA Careers and Networking Facebook group to almost 11,000 graduates. Major Underwood is now a Reservist serving as a key national security innovation interlocutor working to ensure our nation remains the premier superpower in this new era of great power competition. This year, Forrest was selected as an inaugural Air Force Ventures Fellow and was recruited to build a globally distributed MedTech evaluation team supporting the White House COVID-19 Task Force and FEMA which evaluated more than 4,000 companies and led to 13,000 contract actions worth $830M. Forrest graduated from CS-21 and served 12 years on Active Duty as a C-130J Aircraft Commander, a Special Operations MC-130J Evaluator Pilot, and a joint staff officer as Special Operations Command - Europe’s Chief of Strategic Engagements. He has flown more than 2,000 hours and deployed to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Candidacy Statement

Graduating as a Blackjack of CS-21 in 2009 is one of the proudest moments of my entire life. In the 12 years since, it has been my absolute honor to serve our country, our Air Force, and our Academy alongside my classmates. Since 2009, I have been an active member of our graduate community, focused on galvanizing our young alumni as a founding member of the USAFA Careers and Networking Facebook Group. While we have made significant progress, I believe we are capable of much more. I am excited for the opportunity to represent our graduate community as an Association of Graduates Board Member and continue our effort to build the AOG of the future!