LTC ROBERT McCALL HENSLER
Commanding Officer 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
10th Mountain Division
November 4, 1985 - May 23, 1987
was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1946 and received his commission
in the Infantry
from the United States Military Academy in 1968.
Key assignments included:
1967: Basic Airborne Course (undergraduate)
1968: IOBC and Ranger School
1968-69: PL and company CO 2-30 Inf 3rd Inf Div, Schweinfurt, Germany
1970-71: Small unit infantry adviser RVN
1971-72: Student IOAC, Ft. Benning, GA
1972-74: Company commander and staff officer 1-18th Inf 1st Inf Div, Ft. Riley, KS
1974-75: Student, Indiana University, MS Physical Education
1975-78: Instructor, Dept. Phys. Education United States Military Academy
1979: Student CGSC
1980-81: Brigade S3, 193rd Inf Bde Panama
1981-82: Battalion S3, 3-5 Inf Ft. Kobbe, Panama
1982-84: Battalion XO, 2nd Ranger Bn Ft. Lewis, WA
1984-85: Brigade XO, 1st Brigade 9th Inf Div Ft. Lewis, WA
1985-87: Battalion Commander, 1-22 Inf 10 Mtn Div Ft. Drum, NY
1987-89: Battalion Commander, 3rd Ranger Battalion, Ft. Benning, GA
1989-90: Student, Army War College
1990-92: Brigade Commander 3rd Brigade 25th Inf Div Schofield, Bks, HI
1992-95: Chief Conventional Warplans Div J5, US Pacific Command, Camp HM Smith, HI
Retired May 1995, Colonel
PACOM exercise planner (contractor) at Joint Warfighting Center
(absorbed into Joint Forces Command 1999),
Ft. Monroe and Suffolk, VA
2002-2010: Joint Forces Command LNO to US PACOM, Camp HM Smith, HI
Currently resident of Texas with second dwelling in CO Springs, CO
As of 2015 married 47 years with two sons, 45 and 41.
Ranger tab, master parachutist badge with combat star (Grenada), CIB, and great memories!
from right in above photo is Captain Robert M. Hensler, as Team
Leader of Mat I-27
Republic of Vietnam 1970
Below is the caption for the above photo:
1970, MAT I-27, Quang Ngai,the picture was taken sometime in the
latter part of Nov 1970 just after the second of two large
struck the Quang Ngai City / Chu Lai (Americal Div base camp) areas of Quang Ngai and Quang Tin Provinces.
Our team house was flooded in conjunction with the second typhoon. We awoke to water just an inch or two below our cots.
We initially perched on the rafters in our team house shooting rats with our .45s who were swimming around inside. Our team house
sat on a berm roughly 8-10 sandbags above ground level. By noon the water had receded out of our team house, but it was still waist deep in the streets
of the city. We had just returned from a mission the night before the storm struck. We spent the rest of Nov flying in CH 47s aiding in the delivery of
emergency rations to stranded hamlets on the edge of the high western mountains. We sent this picture off to someplace and had it made into a Christmas card
with "Greetings from our home to yours..."
Kneeling in front, SGT Dep,
Standing left to right, SFC Richard Edgar, SFC James Hollis, SSG Cuu, CPT Robert Hensler, SGT Fitzgibbons.
From the GIA-VUC.COM website
The entry for Robert M. Hensler in the U.S. Military Academy yearbook the Howitzer for 1968
Robert M. Hensler
was born in December 1946 in Des Moines, Iowa. He lived there up
through high school, graduating in June 1964.
His youth was typical of a middle class family in the 1950s filled with many activities, especially the emerging youth athletic programs,
Little League and Babe Ruth baseball and later football, wrestling and more baseball in high school.
He received a
phone call the morning after his high School graduation that set
a course for the next 30 plus years of his life.
He was notified that he had received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. For going on two years
he had been recruited by the football coaches at West Point, and receiving the appointment was the culmination of that effort.
later he graduated and was commissioned a 2LT of Infantry. Three
hours after graduation he married a young lady
whom he had briefly dated in high school and who is here with him this evening.
went on to spend the next 27 years on active duty serving in
Germany, Viet Nam, Panama and all over the
United States to include Hawaii. He is quite proud of the fact that he never spent a tour in the Pentagon, and other than
normal military school progression, one instructor tour and his last active duty assignment, all his remaining time in the Army
was in tactical infantry and special operations units from platoon up through brigade level. He served in five different
infantry regiments in addition to his time in VN.
He is most
proud of this time with troops; platoon leader, adviser team
leader in VN, two infantry company commands,
two tours with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment (during one of which he participated in the dawn parachute assault
initiating the liberation of Grenada from the Communists), command of a conventional infantry battalion,
an Army Ranger battalion and an infantry brigade.
generations of his family have experienced combat in the U.S.
Army. His father rose from buck private in 1941
to command of a tank company in WWII in Europe, and his son served two years in Iraq with conventional infantry and
Army Ranger units and a third year in Afghanistan with the storied 173rd Airborne Brigade. In May 2015 his son took command
of the 6th Ranger Training Bn at Cp James E. Rudder FL.
Henslers most cherished awards include the Combat
Infantrymans Badge, Army Ranger Tab,
and Master Parachutist Badge with combat star.
a second time in 2011 after employment as a defense contractor
and Govt. Civ, his passions now are
his Christian faith, spoiling his grandchildren, elk hunting in CO, Cowboy Action Shooting and 19th Century American history.
He and his wife, Randy, now divide their time between Texas, where they are residents, CO Springs and Hawaii.
1-22 Infantry Command
Team Fort Drum, New York 1986 - LTC Robert Hensler on left, CSM
Ronald Dumka on right.
Note PT (Physical Training) uniforms with "REGULARS by GOD" above the 22nd Infantry crest (DUI).
COL Hensler writes:
CSM Dumka (on right)
and I in front of the original Bn HQs that was along the main
street of the old post that led to the airfield
on north end of cantonement area. Picture was probably taken in 1986 since our PT uniforms look quite new.
This was before the Army had a standardized PT uniform.
Photo courtesy of COL Robert M. Hensler
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