Robert L. Caslen
|Robert L. Caslen|
November 30, 1953 |
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1975–present|
|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
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. 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.
Caslen was born in Connecticut, and grew up in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont; in 1971 he graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport, Vermont. 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.
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).
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Caslen was appointed to be Superintendent of the United States Military Academy in July 17, 2013.
Awards and decorations
- "General Officer Announcements". News Release. US Department of Defense. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
- "Office of the Superintendent". Bio. US Military Academy. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
- 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.
- "National Football Foundation Vermont Chapter Honors Finest From 2013 Football Season". National Football Foundation. Irving, TX. April 29, 2014.
- "News - Commander of Army Combined Arms Center: Who is Robert Caslen, Jr.?". AllGov. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
- "College of Engineering Hall of Fame gained two new members". KansasStateUniversity. 2014-06-01. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
- "Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library : Item Viewer". Cgsc.cdmhost.com. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
- Report Says Pentagon Erred In Allowing Christian Video - Church and State - September 2007
- "Officers' Roles in Christian Video Are Called Ethics Breach". Washington Post. August 4, 2007. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
- "Caslen tapped to command Fort Leavenworth - Army Times - December 7, 2009". armytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
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