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Amy Forsythe

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Amy Forsythe

Amy Forsythe

Public Affairs Officer, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity

Amy is an award-winning military journalist who served five combat tours supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and has been on assignment for several other overseas missions.

Amy started her career as a U.S. Marine combat correspondent in 1993 and currently serves as Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

She is the author of Heroes Live Here: A Tribute to Camp Pendleton Marines Since 9/11 and is a contributing writer to various veteran-focused media outlets and publications. Her imagery taken while covering military operations around the world has been featured in numerous international and national media outlets through the years and continues to be used for historical purposes.

She has won several awards for her reporting while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, including a PRSA Bronze Anvil and Silver Anvil in 2009. She’s also worked on the crisis response team during the Washington Navy Yard shooting in 2013 that resulted in 12 people being killed.

A native of Santa Rosa, California, Amy joined the U.S. Marines in 1993 and spent 8 years on active duty before transitioning to a successful career in the media industry where she created and produced a television program called “North County’s Endless Summer” for KOCT and later worked as a general assignment reporter for NBC 7 San Diego. She was also hand-selected to be a contributing anchor and reporter-at-large for The Pentagon Channel, based in Alexandria, Virginia, from 2003-2010.

She currently serves as a civil servant as the director of communications for Marine Corps Tactical System Support Activity (MCTSSA) at Camp Pendleton, California, where she manages the command’s public affairs and outreach efforts. She’s also a managing director for Victory Strategies, a leadership development and training firm based in Florida.

She was recently featured in the 2021 ‘Women of Distinction’ category for San Diego Women Magazine and will have her Heroes Live Here photo exhibit on display at the Oceanside Public Library from May to July 2022.

Amy is a global travel enthusiast and has been to more than 25 countries and was most recently living and working on the island of Guam as the bureau chief for Defense Media Activity from 2015 to 2019.

Amy holds a BA degree in communications from California State University at San Marcos, an MS in Global Leadership from University of San Diego and is a graduate of numerous courses from the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland. She serves on the board of directors for the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondent Association (USMCCCA) 2021-2023 and lives in Fallbrook with her husband.

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