Michael Foster, 1954-2015
Posted on March 9, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Curt LaFond
With great sadness, the National Cadet Team announces the passing of one of its own, Lt Col Michael Foster, CAP, our national college and flight scholarships manager. Michael died suddenly at his home on March 6th. He was 59 years old.
While Michael was an instructor at Air Command and Staff College here at Maxwell in the late 1990s, he had a chance encounter with my predecessor, Col. Ray Bean USAF (Ret.), which lead to Michael taking an active role in the Cadet Officer School program that Col. Bean was rebuilding. For a dozen years or more, Michael served as a seminar leader at COS, then later as chief of curriculum, and finally as COS director (’09-‘11). Michael treated the curriculum and director positions as virtually full-time, year-round commitments, and the school’s academic rigor only grew as a result.
After Col. Bean retired, Michael and I would meet for a couple full days each winter to confer about the coming year’s COS. Every time, he’d bring a breakfast or snack or a new Apple gadget for me in appreciation for my making myself available to him. Yes, he was the sort of volunteer – thanking the paid staff for the opportunity to donate his time and talents . . . such a generous person.
His self-effacing humor was great. He was a top cadet in his ROTC detachment, but he never let on as to why. He loved to relate how the cadre once summoned him and asked, “Cadet Foster, you’re doing exceedingly well in ROTC, how are you able to outshine everyone so well?” Michael would point to his cadet handbook and reply, “Sir, everything I need to know to succeed is right here in this manual you provided me.” He never let on that he was CAP’s 1975 National Cadet of the Year and Spaatz #312.
You gave your all, Michael, and you left us too soon.
- Curt LaFond
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