OTF Soldier Story for November 17, 2008 - 1st Sgt. Creed McCaslin
Current Unit: Warrior Transition Battalion, Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis
Current Position: First Sergeant of Headquarters, Headquarters Division
Component: Active Army
Current Location: Fort Lewis, Wash.
Hometown: Salem, Ore.
Years of Service: 22
As First Sergeant for a Warrior Transition Unit, 1st Sgt. Creed McCaslin has a personal perspective that guides him as he helps wounded Soldiers through the stages of recovery and reintegration. McCaslin himself has recovered from multiple wounds and is a Purple Heart recipient. These personal experiences gave him an understanding of what the men and women he works with are going through, and how best to guide their recoveries in partnership with the Soldiers' families.
When McCaslin was deployed to Iraq in December of 2004, he was hit by shrapnel from a suicide bomber. When resulting injuries to his arm required intensive treatment, he was medically evacuated back to the U.S. where he underwent rehabilitation. After a month, he returned to his unit in Iraq to complete his tour of duty, but was injured again in April of 2005. He suffered fractured vertebrae and nerve damage in his back when his armored personnel vehicle was hit by a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device. He was medically evacuated a second time from Iraq and spent several months in recovery and physical therapy at Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis.
His current role with the Warrior Transition Unit is a new one for 1st Sgt. McCaslin, who has served more than two decades in the Army. Previously, he held the position of Commandant of the Brian Mack Advanced Skills Center at Fort Lewis, where he provided advanced marksmanship training to Soldiers.
Also a Ranger and a Special Forces Engineer, 1st Sgt. McCaslin has served multiple tours of combat duty. During his deployment to Iraq in 2005, he was responsible for training the first Iraqi Special Forces team and the first Iraqi SWAT team.
McCaslin is currently stationed at Fort Lewis and has two sons. His oldest, Marcus, has followed in his father's footsteps and will deploy to Iraq with the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment in December. He represents the fifth generation of his family to serve in the Army.