Heath A. Forney, Sr is a Retired Combat Disabled Veteran having served over 20 years in the world's greatest Navy. Born in 1970 in Illinois, and raised in Colorado until the age of 15, where they then moved back to Illinois. He dropped out of high school right after he turned 17, challenged and achieved his GED. He promptly moved out of his mothers’ house and moved to Chicago where he worked for a short time as a construction laborer, then landed a job in the spring of 1988 as an Apprentice Chef at the Hilton on Michigan Ave. Within a year, and moving to work for Jack Nicklaus, he earned the title, Sous Chef and running his own kitchen with a full brigade.
Then the first Persian Gulf saga began. He enlisted in the Navy in April 1990, out of dedication and love for his country and grandfather. He enlisted as a Boiler Technician (BT), two years later became a Parachute Rigger (PR), deploying to Antarctica and New Zealand. He changed jobs yet again in 1995, and began his career in Law Enforcement and Force Protection as a Master-at-Arms (MA). The Navy took care of him and by the time he retired, he visited 32 countries and territories, stepped foot on all seven continents, lived in Japan for eight years, served on two ships and survived as a team leader in Afghanistan on a detainee transport team, and was Naval Base Coronado’s Senior Sailor of the Year.
After retiring, he worked at the Pentagon in the Force Protection Operations Center, heading up their Joint Force Protection Drills. Currently he works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the VA Center for Innovations as a Program and Project Manager, managing numerous IT and non-IT Healthcare related projects to better serve our veterans and their families.
He holds an AA in Criminal Justice, a BS in Information Technology, and two Masters Degrees. One in Information Systems, the other is an MBA/PM (MBA with a concentration in Program and Project Management).
Masonically, he was Initiated as an EAM on 11 Nov 98, Passed to the degree of FCM on 09 Dec 98, and raised to the sublime degree of MM on 06 Jan 99, all under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Japan, while stationed in Sasebo. His mother lodge, still to this day is Nippon Lodge, No. 9, Sasebo, Japan.
He became a 32 Scottish Rite Mason, on 25 Mar 00 in the Valley of Fresno, then on 11 Nov 00 a Shriner at Tehran Shrine. During his time in Tehran, he was active in the Clowns and Legion of Honor. He is currently a life member of the San Diego Scottish Rite.
In 2007 he transferred his Shrine membership to Al Bahr, where he is a life member, and since then he has served in many roles. Founding President of the Motorcycle Riding Club (2014), the appointed Divan as Outer Guard (2015), and 1st Ceremonial Master (2016). He was humbled to have been elected to serve the Nobility as the High Priest and Prophet (2017). He is a member of the Clowns, Legion of Honor, Motorcycle Riding Club, Peace Officers Club, RV Club, The Islanders Club, and a Samaritan Driver.