Robert L. Caslen
Robert L. Caslen Jr. (born 1953) is a United States Army general officer who has been appointed the superintendent of West Point. He is currently serving as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation - Iraq (OSC-I). Most recently, 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 and Massachusetts. He graduated 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.
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).
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.
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.
According to a report by the Office of Inspector General "violated the ethical guidelines of the military that forbid officers to promote private organizations" when he appeared in a video for 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. 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.
In July he was nominated to be chief of Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq.
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- Caslen tapped to command Fort Leavenworth - Army Times - December 7, 2009
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- 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
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