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Forrest Horton '08: Award-Winning, Terrorism-Fighting Scientist

Story posted October 28, 2010

Forrest Horton '08 has had a winning year. He recently received a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation. This came on the heels of his Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal, earned after spending the summer researching minerals in Afghanistan as part of a geology internship with the U.S. Department of Defense's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO).

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Forrest Horton '08, rock hammer in hand, charges up a ridge along Khanneshin Mountain in Helmand, Afghanistan, during his geology internship with the Defense Department's Task Force for Business and Stability Operations.

The award recognizes "the contributions of the civilian workforce of the Department of Defense in direct support of the armed forces, whose members are engaged in operations to combat terrorism in all forms throughout the world."

With support from the US Marine Corps, Horton helped a TFSBO team collect rock samples and other data at a carbonatite volcano. The information is gathered to better understand what potential may exist for mining products and related jobs.

Forrest Horton '08 (far left) stands next to Emily Scott '04 and other members of the team at the completion of a sampling trip to Khanneshin Mountain in Helmand, Afghanistan.

Horton was presented the award by Emily Scott '04, a Department of Defense civilian also working with the TFBSO. Scott organizes and implements mineral sampling missions throughout Afghanistan.

Horton will begin work toward his Ph.D. in geology shortly after completing his master's degree in geology at San Francisco State.

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