Christopher Kasker, a 1992 Phoenixville Area High School graduate, was promoted to lieutenant colonel by the Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Nov. 3.
Kasker enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1993 with duty at the Phoenixville Armory. While attending West Chester University, Kasker enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Program and entered active duty upon graduation in 1997. After training to be a military police officer at Fort McClellan, Alabama, Kasker was stationed in Germany. He deployed twice to Bosnia and once to Kosovo. For all three deployments he was a platoon leader, in charge of approximately 20 soldiers. After more than three years in Europe the Army sent Kasker to Fort Hood, Texas, as a captain.
When the Iraq war started, Kasker was in Kuwait in charge of a small group of soldiers. He was an operations officer for a battalion which made their way into Iraq with duty in Fallujah and Tikrit. Shortly after Kasker returned from Iraq he was given command of a company of approximately 170 military police and deployed to Baghdad. For his exemplary service he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Following Kasker’s second deployment to Iraq the Army selected him, through a highly-competitive process, to become a rotating faculty member at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. After earning a master’s degree at the University of Connecticut, Kasker moved to West Point where he taught for three years, followed with duty as the superintendent’s speech writer for nearly a year.
Kasker then decided to enter the communication field in the Army and became a public affairs officer. He was stationed at the Pentagon to work in the Department of the Army’s public affairs office. His performance was recognized, landing him on the personal staff of the vice chief of staff of the Army, the service’s number two four-star general. In 2012, the secretary of the Army selected Kasker over more senior officers to become his personal public affairs officer.