News: Appointment of Army Reserve Ambassador to New York confirmed
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – Maj. Gen. William D. R. Waff, commanding general of the Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command, has confirmed the appointment by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief, Army Reserve, of Dr. Robert J. Kasulke as a United States Army Reserve Ambassador to New York.
Established in April 1998, there are 100 Army Reserve Ambassadors throughout America. They help promote awareness and understanding of Army Reserve units and soldiers in the state. Influential volunteers who function at the state and community levels, they are a vitally important bridge to the communities across the Nation. The ambassadors convey messages to external and internal audiences in order to have the Army Reserve’s significant and relevant contributions clearly understood and supported. Special Government Employees, they represent the chief of the Army Reserve without salary, wages or related benefits.
Ambassadors build relationships and strive to improve the understanding and knowledge of the Army Reserve within the business and social sectors of communities across America. They help to educate the public, community leaders, and congressional offices about the capabilities and values of the Army Reserve and the soldiers who live and work in their communities. They establish open lines of communication with the local communities to identify and gain insight into their needs and our ability to meet them; they work to support recruiting efforts by assisting community and business leaders in recognizing that the Army Reserve strengthens the soldiers, the community, and the Nation. Ambassadors also reach out to soldiers and their families during the difficult times of deployments and the excitement of “welcome home” ceremonies while bringing in community support.
They serve as advisers and consultants to the Army Reserve commanders and are important advocates for Army Reserve soldiers and families. They educate local and state business, government, and social sectors on the Army Reserve’s mission, significant contributions, and resource needs.
Kasulke’s appointment is for a three-year term. Army Reserve Ambassadors enjoy the rights, privileges and protocol status of a Department of Defense VIP-5, a 2-Star General Officer equivalent, and serve as “special Government employees” without financial compensation.
Kasulke is a physician practicing in Watertown, N.Y. He is a graduate of Fordham University where he received his bachelor of science degree in biology. He attended medical school at SUNY Syracuse (N.Y.) College of Medicine. He also earned an MPA degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, with a concentration in Health Care Policy.
Kasulke retired as a major general from the U.S. Army Reserve. His last position was commanding general of the Army Reserve Medical Command in Pinellas Park, Fla. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
Kasulke sits on the boards of several organizations that serve the needs of the civilian, military and veteran members of the community.
Army Reserve soldiers and families in New York will be well served in the coming years with the appointment of Army Reserve Ambassador Kasulke.