July 20, 2016 KABUL, Afghanistan – Racine native Maj. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser assumed command as the Deputy Chief of Staff – Security Assistance/Combined Security Assistance Command – Afghanistan Commanding General on Thursday at a ceremony here at Resolute Support Headquarters. Gen. John W. Nicolson, Resolute Support Commander, presided over the ceremony transferring command from Maj. Gen. Gordon “Skip” B. Davis, Jr. to Kaiser. Davis is leaving to take a post with U.S. European Command.
Kaiser, who recently served as Commanding General, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, Unites States Army Corps of Engineers was honored to take command. He pledged to the people of Afghanistan, that he would continue the command’s mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense Security Forces. “To my Afghan brothers: with this superb team known as CSTC-A we will carry on the great work of those who came before us,” he said. “Together, you and I, we have much work to do and I give you my word that I will do my best to ensure Afghanistan has an effective, sustainable and affordable National Defense Force. You deserve my best efforts, and you will get them.” Kaiser will serve in the position for one year.
Born in Milwaukee, Kaiser grew up in Racine and graduated from Washington Park High School in 1983. He attended Marquette University on a Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1987 when he then received his commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Kaiser has served on active duty with the U.S. Army ever since.
Kaiser has commanded at all levels and served on numerous tours including Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Uphold Democracy (in Haiti), Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and presently Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with 1 bronze oak leave cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 bronze oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 1 bronze oak leaf cluster) and the Army Achievement Medal. He also proudly earned the Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Ranger Tab.
With most of his family living around Milwaukee, Kaiser returns often. “I have served our country all over the world and lived in many beautiful states in the U.S., but I still consider southeastern Wisconsin my home,” Kaiser said. DCOS SA/CSTC-A trains, advises, and assists the Afghan National Defense Security Forces to improve their capability, accountability and transparency, with additional goals of curbing corruption and enabling the ANDSF to sufficiently provide security to the people of Afghanistan. NATO’s Resolute Support Mission is a key component to the international community’s engagement in Afghanistan, assisting Afghan authorities in providing security and stability, while creating the conditions for reconstruction and development.