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Employment History

Colonel
US Army

Battalion Commander
Bandido Charlie Association

Position, Special Intelligence Collection Section
CINCPAC

Representative and Coordinator
Division

Infantry Coordinator
Army National Gurd

Affiliations

Honorary Colonel
REGIMENT

Military Advisor, Medical Advisor
Bandido Charlie Association

Education



University of Florida

degree



Airborne School



Pathfinder School



Army Language School

Web References (9 Total References)


BANDIDO CHARLIE NEWS ACCESS SITE

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KENNETH G CASSELS

Colonel, US Army, Retired
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Please address checks and sent to: Ken Cassels, PO Box 5579, Salt Springs, FL 32134.
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(signed) Ken Cassels
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Ken Cassels
Honorary Colonel of the Regiment.


CEREMONIES

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Bandido Charlie Company Commander, CPT Jeremy White, Pete Williams, Ken Cassels, Al Herrera, and Ken Costich in Bandido Charlie Company bay area.

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KENNETH G CASSELS
Colonel, US Army, Retired
...
Please address checks and sent to: Ken Cassels, PO Box 5579, Salt Springs, FL 32134.
...
(signed) Ken Cassels
...
Ken Cassels
Honorary Colonel of the Regiment.
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Ken and Al have worked together and enjoyed each other's company and expertise for years.
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For those of you who have not had a chance to get to know Ken over the last 8+ years at reunions and at many DMOR gatherings, here are some highlights of his contribution to our country.
COL Kenneth G Cassels & wife Peggy
First and foremost, Ken's association with the Regiment is as the Commander of the 1ST Battalion, 16TH Infantry (MECH) in the Spring and Summer of 1969. He began his military career in the US Army Air Corp as a cryptologist in the occupation forces stationed in Showa, Japan. After being discharged as a Corporal in 1946, Ken attended the University of Florida, attained his degree and was selected as a Distinguished Military Graduate being commissioned as a Regular Army Officer, Infantry Branch, in 1951.
As a 2LT, Ken joined up with the 1ST Cavalry Division in Japan as a Platoon Leader as the Division trained for redeployment to the Korean "Conflict". Still a 2LT, Ken was promoted to Company Commander for that redeployment to combat just prior to the cease-fire being declared in Korea. As Ken moved through the ranks, he attended Airborne School, Pathfinder School and Ranger School and was subsequently chosen for and assigned to the Ranger School at Ft Benning to teach offensive and defensive tactics. He then attended the Army Language School in Monterey in preparation for his assignment as the Airborne Instructor to the Royal Saudi Airborne Battalion.
Upon return to CONUS, Ken was assigned to the 82 Airborne were he, among other duties, he served as the Division's representative and coordinator during the "Cuban Missile Crisis". After attending the Command and General Staff College at Ft Leavenworth, KS, Ken was assigned to the Special Intelligence Collection section of CINCPAC, Hawaii. This assignment required Ken to travel throughout the Pacific Rim debriefing and interrogating POW's for strategic and tactical information. In September 1968, Ken was assigned to 1ST Brigade, Big Red One where he oversaw and managed a multitude of missions for the Brigade Commander, ultimately assuming command of the 1ST BN, 16TH IN from LTC Shuffstall in April 1969.
After Vietnam, LTC Cassels was assigned to the Security Division of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at the Pentagon. His assignment involved work at the Department of Defense level as it involved intelligence from all services and government agencies. Ken was promoted to Colonel in July 1972, and in his humility, he has always attributed that promotion to the "courageous and brave men of the 1ST Battalion, 16TH Infantry, Iron Rangers".
Ken then moved on to assignments in Atlanta in the HQ-Army Readiness Regional (ARR-IV) working on the transition to an all-volunteer force as Infantry Coordinator for Army National Gurd and Special Forces units in AL, GA, FL, MS and Puerto Rico.
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In January 1978, Ken had experienced a full, varied and exciting career which spanned highly classified intelligence work to highly charged combat operations. He had run the gamut of experiences, and although asked to stay, He decided it was time to retire from active duty. During his highly distinguished career, COL Cassels received numerous awards and badges.
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Back row, left to right: JoeCalhoun, Lonnie Moore, Buddy Gault, Doug Ludlow, Al Herrera, Ken Costich, and Ken Cassels.


Officers

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Ken CasselsMilitary Advisor:

Medical Advisor:


2008 BANDIDO CHARLIE REUNION -AAR

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Our favorite Battalion Commander, Ken Cassels, and his wife Peggy, graciously picked up the check.

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Once again, Al and Ken failed to make the tour buses!
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Somewhat late Thursday evening (or early Friday morning), Mack and Ken had just completed their duty of guarding the CP until slightly after "last call". As they were on their way to their rooms, a young active duty soldier passed them and asked, "Are you guys Bandidos? Upon the "Yes" reply, this "spit & polish" young soldier, SP4 Ronald Minick, set down his beers (he was carrying 4) and excitedly shook Mack and Ken's hand telling them what an honor it was to meet them. He had just returned from a 15-month tour in Baghdad with the Black Lions, and, although he was with A/1/28 INF, he repeatedly related to Ken and Mack how "honored" he was to meet "Bandidos" from the Vietnam era and how widely respected and renowned (and yes, he did use the word "awesome") the Bandidos are throughout the Division as the "cream of the crop". The next evening, he brought some of his fellow warriors to the CP and graciously insisted on contributing a donation to our fund.
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It must be noted that Ken and Al courageously guarded the CP while others went on tours.
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Al and Ken "accosted" the General just outside the hotel's restaurant and engaged him in discussion for some time.
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Ken presented him with a Bandido Charlie Association Challenge Coin (as was CSM Champagne) and given a brief history of the Bandidos. He was later seen in the hall outside the regimental CP's, flashing his coin and declaring that he was a Bandido. Being in the direct chain of command of the Bandidos, he is, in fact, a Bandido (as is CSM Champaign) and certificates declaring them as such have been printed, signed and delivered. Al and Ken were able to do this because, once again, they missed the tour bus.
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The list of attendees were: SSG Matthew Carson, Rod Tokubo, Kathy Dee, Ron Mackedanz, Janet Mackedanz, Phil Greenwell, Linda Greenwell, Joe Calhoun, Marian (Sis) Morris, Ken Costich, Ray Padilla, Jose Garcia, Maria Garcia, John Hohman, Wayne Parrish, Ron Morgan, Doug Ludlow, Cathy Ludlow, Luis Landin, Carlos Landin, Ken Cassels, Peggy Cassels, Steve Rabourn, Cliff Poris, Gil Thompson, Janeen Thompson, Becky Tharp, Jen Sanford, Nancy Freeston, Bryan Luke, Shannon Herrera, Brent Blackmer, George Hanggi, Nina Hanggi, John Hanggi, Diann Hanggi Nicolai, Al Herrera, Betty Herrera and Sam Taylor.


CEREMONIES

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KENNETH G CASSELS

Colonel, US Army, Retired
...
Please address checks and sent to: Ken Cassels, PO Box 5579, Salt Springs, FL 32134.
...
(signed) Ken Cassels
...
Ken Cassels
Honorary Colonel of the Regiment.
...
Ken and Al have worked together and enjoyed each other's company and expertise for years.
...
For those of you who have not had a chance to get to know Ken over the last 8+ years at reunions and at many DMOR gatherings, here are some highlights of his contribution to our country.
COL Kenneth G Cassels & wife Peggy
First and foremost, Ken's association with the Regiment is as the Commander of the 1ST Battalion, 16TH Infantry (MECH) in the Spring and Summer of 1969. He began his military career in the US Army Air Corp as a cryptologist in the occupation forces stationed in Showa, Japan. After being discharged as a Corporal in 1946, Ken attended the University of Florida, attained his degree and was selected as a Distinguished Military Graduate being commissioned as a Regular Army Officer, Infantry Branch, in 1951.
As a 2LT, Ken joined up with the 1ST Cavalry Division in Japan as a Platoon Leader as the Division trained for redeployment to the Korean "Conflict". Still a 2LT, Ken was promoted to Company Commander for that redeployment to combat just prior to the cease-fire being declared in Korea. As Ken moved through the ranks, he attended Airborne School, Pathfinder School and Ranger School and was subsequently chosen for and assigned to the Ranger School at Ft Benning to teach offensive and defensive tactics. He then attended the Army Language School in Monterey in preparation for his assignment as the Airborne Instructor to the Royal Saudi Airborne Battalion.
Upon return to CONUS, Ken was assigned to the 82 Airborne were he, among other duties, he served as the Division's representative and coordinator during the "Cuban Missile Crisis". After attending the Command and General Staff College at Ft Leavenworth, KS, Ken was assigned to the Special Intelligence Collection section of CINCPAC, Hawaii. This assignment required Ken to travel throughout the Pacific Rim debriefing and interrogating POW's for strategic and tactical information. In September 1968, Ken was assigned to 1ST Brigade, Big Red One where he oversaw and managed a multitude of missions for the Brigade Commander, ultimately assuming command of the 1ST BN, 16TH IN from LTC Shuffstall in April 1969.
After Vietnam, LTC Cassels was assigned to the Security Division of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at the Pentagon. His assignment involved work at the Department of Defense level as it involved intelligence from all services and government agencies. Ken was promoted to Colonel in July 1972, and in his humility, he has always attributed that promotion to the "courageous and brave men of the 1ST Battalion, 16TH Infantry, Iron Rangers".
Ken then moved on to assignments in Atlanta in the HQ-Army Readiness Regional (ARR-IV) working on the transition to an all-volunteer force as Infantry Coordinator for Army National Gurd and Special Forces units in AL, GA, FL, MS and Puerto Rico.
...
In January 1978, Ken had experienced a full, varied and exciting career which spanned highly classified intelligence work to highly charged combat operations. He had run the gamut of experiences, and although asked to stay, He decided it was time to retire from active duty. During his highly distinguished career, COL Cassels received numerous awards and badges.
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Back row, left to right: JoeCalhoun, Lonnie Moore, Buddy Gault, Doug Ludlow, Al Herrera, Ken Costich, and Ken Cassels.

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