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Robert L. Caslen

Robert L. Caslen Jr.
LTG Robert Caslen
Born (1953-11-30) November 30, 1953
Connecticut, United States
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1975 - present
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
Awards
  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
Maj. General Robert Caslen in 2006

Lieutenant General Robert Louis Caslen Jr. (born November 30, 1953) is a United States Army officer and has served as the 59th superintendent of West Point since July 17, 2013.[1][2] He was born in Connecticut.[3]

He served as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation - Iraq (OSC-I). Before that, he served as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth. In December 2009, Caslen was nominated to be a lieutenant general in conjunction with his nomination to be Commandant of the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth which took effect in March 2010.

Caslen grew up in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975 and played center on the Army football team. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from Long Island University and a Master of Science degree from Kansas State University.[4]

During Desert Storm he was executive officer of the 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).[4]

He was brigade operations officer, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); J-3 in Honduras for Joint Task Force Bravo in 1998; executive officer to the deputy commander in Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy in 1994-1995; commander of the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light); senior brigade C2 observer/controller, Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center; chief of staff of the 101st Airborne Division; and commander of the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (1999).[4]

He was at the Pentagon during the September 11 attacks where he was an assistant deputy director of strategic planning and policy. He helped search for wounded and also worked on the air conditioning system following the attack.[4]

He was also chief of staff of the 10th Mountain Division (Light) (2003) at Fort Drum; assistant division commander (Maneuver) of the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) (2004); deputy director for the War on Terrorism, J-5, the Joint Staff (2005-June 2006); director of the Joint Staff's Detainee Affairs Division and commandant of cadets for the Military Academy at West Point, a post he left in May 2008.

From May 2008 to December 2009, he served as commander of the 25th Infantry Division (United States). In October, he returned from a tour with the division in the Iraq War. Prior to this, he had served two tours in the War in Afghanistan (2001–present) and one tour in the Gulf War.[5]

Caslen was chief of staff for the Combined Joint Task Force- 180 (CJTF-180) in Afghanistan from May through September 2002.[6] He was a commander of Operation Champion Sword.

According to a report by the Christian Embassy. Other generals that appeared in the video included Vincent K. Brooks and Air Force generals Peter U. Sutton and Jack J. Catton Jr.[7] At the time he was Commandant of Cadets at West Point. In a letter, he said he would be more vigilant about such improprieties going forward.[8]

In July 2011, he was nominated to be chief of Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq.[9]

Awards and decorations

Combat Infantryman Badge
Air Assault Badge
Ranger tab
Basic Parachutist Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in gold
25th Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
502nd Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.
Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Commendation with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze campaign stars
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
United Nations Medal
NATO Medal for Service with ISAF
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

External links

  • Biography of Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr.

References

  1. ^ "General Officer Announcements". News Release. US Department of Defense. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Office of the Superintendent". Bio. US Military Academy. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b c d "News - Commander of Army Combined Arms Center: Who is Robert Caslen, Jr.?". AllGov. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  5. ^ Caslen tapped to command Fort Leavenworth - Army Times - December 7, 2009
  6. ^ "Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library : Item Viewer". Cgsc.cdmhost.com. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  7. ^ Report Says Pentagon Erred In Allowing Christian Video - Church and State - September 2007
  8. ^ Officers' Roles in Christian Video Are Called Ethics Breach - Washington Post - August 4, 2007
  9. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/21/3028200/new-commander-named-for-fort-leavenworth.html
Military offices
Preceded by
William B. Caldwell
Commandant of the Command and General Staff College
March 2010-July 2011
Succeeded by
David G. Perkins
Preceded by
David H. Huntoon
Superintendents of the United States Military Academy
2013–current
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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