Diane CarusoJun 22, 2018, 3:22 pmJun 22, 2018, 4:18 pm

United States Military Academy honors retiring lieutenant general

Robert Caslen asks West Point to make his service ‘matter’


WEST POINT – The United States Military Academy at West Point honored Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen with a special relinquishment of command and retirement ceremony on Friday. The United States Military Academy at West Point relinquished the three-star lieutenant general from his post as the superintendent, a position he held for the last five years.

"As I look back on my career, I have no regrets. Another one of my favorite verses, 2 Timothy 4:7: 'I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept my faith,'" Caslen said.

Caslen is the 59th superintendent at the United States Military Academy at West Point; he has been with the Army for 47 years, going back to when he was a cadet. Caslen has been serving 43 of those years actively while spending 42 months in combat. Caslen spent time in Operation Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His colleagues acknowledged his character and ethics.

"Caslen’s time here at West Point is really an era. That will go down in the history books of West Point for what he's done: as a warrior, as a scholar, a statesman, and as a leader," Chief of Staff of the Army Lt. Gen Mark Milley said.

"It has been a great honor to serve with him. It's always an honor to pray for him. I pray for him every day; it's one of my duties. So for him and his family, I’m just amazed with him," Chaplain Matthew Pawlikowski said.

The relinquishment is a portion of the ceremony where the flag is passed to and from Caslen, officially relieving him of his duties, and getting an official letter of retirement from President Donald Trump.

Caslen and his wife also received numerous awards for their dedication.

"To all who serve after I depart, I only ask one thing: Make it matter. Go Army, beat Navy. Soup daddy out," Caslen said.

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