• (From Left to Right) 25th ID Commander Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., USARPAC Commander Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, 25th ID Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, and outgoing 25th ID Commander Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek stand before guidons of the various units from Schofield Barracks. Small formations of Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Special Troops Battalion and 25th Combat Aviation Brigade represented their units and division at the ceremony. "

    25th Infantry Division Change of Command

    (From Left to Right) 25th ID Commander Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., USARPAC Commander Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, 25th ID Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Leota, and outgoing 25th ID Commander Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek stand before guidons of the various...

  • (From Left to Right) Outgoing 25th ID Commander Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek, USARPAC Commander Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon and incoming Commander of the 25th ID Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. salute the colors at a ceremony held on Sills Field, May 21. The ceremony honored both incoming and outgoing leaders of Schofield Barracks in addition to recognizing the Division with the presenting it with two additional campaign streamers.

    25th Infantry Division Change of Command

    (From Left to Right) Outgoing 25th ID Commander Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek, USARPAC Commander Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon and incoming Commander of the 25th ID Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. salute the colors at a ceremony held on Sills Field, May 21. The...

  • Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., receives the Division Colors from Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, USARPAC commanding general at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii May 21. Caslen, who assumed command from Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek will lead the 25th ID as it prepares for an upcoming deployment to Iraq in the fall.

    25th ID Change of Command, Schofield Barracks Hawaii

    Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., receives the Division Colors from Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, USARPAC commanding general at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii May 21. Caslen, who assumed command from Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek will lead the 25th ID...

Schofield Barracks - Friends, family and distinguished guests gathered at Sills Field for a change of command ceremony in honor of the incoming and outgoing commanders of the 25th Infantry Division, May 21.

Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek passed the torch of leadership to Maj. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. as representatives from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and 25th Combat Aviation Brigade stood proudly in formation.

"I continue to be amazed by the amount of work that is done in this division, and more impressively, the speed at which it is accomplished. The actions of this division truly live up to our monarch of lightning," said Bednarek. "The Soldiers and leaders in today's Army are hands down the best this nation and our world have ever seen. All of you, Tropic Lighting Soldiers and leaders, continue to be at the forefront of combat readiness."

United States Army Pacific Commander, Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, spoke at the event as he praised both generals for their dedication and leadership to Soldiers.

"It is no surprise that he (Bednarek) has excelled as the Division commander. He has put the division on the absolute right path for its return to Iraq in combat operations. You have my eternal thanks and respect for all you have done for me and our great Soldiers." Mixon continued, "Gen. Caslen is a proven combat leader. He and I have served together in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) several times; including during the first Gulf War. He is the absolute best choice for this critical combat command."

Caslen, who is no stranger to Schofield Barracks, has served in such positions as Commander, 1-14th Infantry Battalion, 25th ID; Executive Officer to the Commander of Multi-National Forces, Joint Task Force Bravo, Honduras; Assistant Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy, J-5 on the Joint Staff; Chief of Staff of the Coalition Joint Task Force Mountain, 10th Mountain Division in Baghram Afghanistan; and most recently he was at the United States Military Academy where he assumed command of the United States Corps of Cadets as the 70th Commandant of Cadets.

Caslen is proud to return to the Tropic Lighting family and will be leading the 25th as it prepares to deploy later this year in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"To stand here in front of the men and women of this division is probably one of the most humbling honors of unmasked proportions. What an incredible honor it is to assume command of this great division," said Caslen.

Although Bednarek leaves Schofield Barracks, both Generals are and will be a part of Tropic Lighting's past, present and future history.

A portion of the ceremony also recognized the Division's achievements with the addition of two new streamers to the Division's colors.

The Tropic Lightning Division was awarded the Campaign Participation Credit Streamer and Meritorious Unit Commendation for its service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08. The Meritorious Unit Commendation is presented to any military command which displays outstanding devotion and superior performance of exceptionally difficult tasks as to set it apart and above other units with similar missions.

At the close of the event guests and Soldiers stood in long lines sharing handshakes and Aloha spirit with both leaders and their families.

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