Robert L. Caslen

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Robert L. Caslen
Caslen 2017.jpg
Born (1953-11-30) November 30, 1953 (age 64)
Connecticut, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1975–present
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal

Robert Louis "Bob" 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 previously 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.

Early life[edit]

Caslen was born in Connecticut,[3] and grew up in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont; in 1971 he graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport, Vermont.[4] He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975 and played center for the Army Black Knights football team. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from Long Island University and in 1989 he received a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering from Kansas State University.[5][6]

Military career[edit]

Maj. General Robert Caslen in 2006

During Operation Desert Storm, Caslen served as executive officer of the 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).[5]

Caslen served as 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).[5]

Caslen was at the Pentagon during the September 11 attacks where he was an assistant deputy director of strategic planning and policy. Following the attack, he re-entered the Pentagon, helping search for wounded and working on reversing the air conditioning system in order to remove smoke from the building.[5]

Caslen 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.

Caslen was chief of staff for the Combined Joint Task Force 180 (CJTF-180) in Afghanistan from May through September 2002.[7] He was a commander of Operation Champion Sword.

According to a report by the Office of Inspector General, Caslen "violated the ethical guidelines of the military that forbid officers to promote private organizations" when he appeared in a video for an evangelical organization, 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.[8] 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.[9]

From May 2008 to December 2009, Caslen 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.[10]

In July 2011, Caslen was nominated to be chief of Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq.[11]

Caslen was appointed to be Superintendent of the United States Military Academy in July 17, 2013.


Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency.jpg German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in gold
25th Infantry Division CSIB.svg 25th Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
502 Parachute Infantry Regiment DUI.PNG 502nd Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.jpg 7 Overseas Service Bars
Defense Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg 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 ribbon.svg 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
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
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
Bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with one service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
United Nations Medal.svg United Nations Medal
NATO Medal for Service with ISAF
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "General Officer Announcements". News Release. US Department of Defense. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  2. ^ "Office of the Superintendent". Bio. US Military Academy. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  3. ^ West Point Alumni Foundation, inc; United States Military Academy. Association of Graduates (1991). Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the United States Military Academy. Association of Graduates, USMA. ISSN 0090-2357. Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  4. ^ "National Football Foundation Vermont Chapter Honors Finest From 2013 Football Season". National Football Foundation. Irving, TX. April 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "News - Commander of Army Combined Arms Center: Who is Robert Caslen, Jr.?". AllGov. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  6. ^ "College of Engineering Hall of Fame gained two new members". KansasStateUniversity. 2014-06-01. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  7. ^ "Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library : Item Viewer". Cgsc.cdmhost.com. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  8. ^ Report Says Pentagon Erred In Allowing Christian Video - Church and State - September 2007
  9. ^ "Officers' Roles in Christian Video Are Called Ethics Breach". Washington Post. August 4, 2007. Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  10. ^ "Caslen tapped to command Fort Leavenworth - Army Times - December 7, 2009". armytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  11. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/21/3028200/new-commander-named-for-fort-leavenworth.html

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Military offices
Preceded by
William B. Caldwell
Commandant of the United States Army Command and General Staff College
2010–2011
Succeeded by
David G. Perkins
Preceded by
David H. Huntoon
Superintendent of the United States Military Academy
2013–present
Incumbent