Caslen assumes command as 59th superintendent
By Mike Strasser
WEST POINT, N.Y. (July 17, 2013) — Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. assumed command of the U.S. Military Academy July 17, becoming the 59th superintendent during a change of command ceremony in the Eisenhower Hall Ballroom.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, presided over the ceremony where Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr. relinquished command as the 58th superintendent.
“Today we celebrate the legacy of West Point as we pass the colors between the 58th and 59th superintendent of this great academy,” Odierno said.
“The superintendent of West Point leads an institution that represents our country worldwide. He must develop individuals mentally, academically, militarily and physically so that upon graduation (they) are able to immediately take on incredible responsibilities. That’s what makes this position of superintendent in this institution so critical to our Army and our nation.”
"...I am also committed to beating Navy."
— Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr.
59th USMA Superintendent
Upon welcoming Caslen and his family’s return to West Point, Odierno described the new superintendent as a seasoned and experienced leader.
“Lt. Gen. Bob Caslen possesses all the right credentials to lead West Point,” Odierno said. “He possesses the right balance of experience here at the academy with an incredible operational resume.”
Caslen, a USMA Class of 1975 graduate, arrived to West Point having served as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation—Iraq. He also commanded the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and was the commanding general of the Multi-National Division—North during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“His operational background is as diverse as it is impressive,” Odierno said. “He has commanded at all levels in the Army with civil and joint assignments.”
His previous stints at the academy included serving as an admission support officer for the athletic department, company tactical officer and as the 70th commandant of the Corps of Cadets—from 2006-08—before departing his alma mater to take command of the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
He has the distinction of being only the second general officer to hold the position of both commandant and superintendent at West Point. Caslen said upon graduating from the academy he never imagined either happening.