CN SALUTES LELAND C McCASLIN!
Leland C. McCaslin served a nomadic military duty. As Army Military intelligence, he spent time as a Special Agent to Forte Meade, the Pentagon, and Heidelberg, Germany. During his active duty, he also served as a First Lieutenant (9666), Army Civil Service, GM 14 (LT. Colonel equivalent). McCaslin received hundreds of certificates, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Commander’s Medal for Meritorious Service.
What were your duties?
– Fort Knox: Learn to be a Tank Platoon (5 tanks) Leader
– Fort Holabird: Learn to be a Counterintelligence Special Agent
– Various locations: Special Agent Duties
– Fort Meade: Granted, denied, and revoked clearances Army Wide
– The Pentagon: Granted, denied, and revoked special clearances Army and Air Force Wide
– Heidelberg: Chief Security, US Army Europe
What did you like most about serving?
Whipping the Commies and ability to make important decisions on my own.
What prompted you to serve?
Respected mother and dad and older brother in Army… just seemed the thing to do.
What were some of the greatest challenges you faced?
– Making rough personnel decisions when required
– Implementing Project Laredo Leader (The declassified program today)
-McCaslin, Leland C. (2010-10-19). Secrets of the Cold War: US Army Europe’s Intelligence & Counterintelligence Activities Against the Soviets During the Cold War (p. 106). Case-mate Publishing. Kindle Edition.
What was the most rewarding experience?
– Implementing Project Laredo Leader
What was the training and prep for your MOS?
– ROTC; also I feel my theater work of assuming different roles was helpful
How did serving affect your family? Did they find their part of service rewarding?
– My wife is proud of me.
What opportunities or advantages or disadvantages did you have after reentering civilian life?
– Had a life time of experiences to write books. I am now widely known in the field and considered a respected mentor and elder statesman of intelligence. I occupy well over 20 pages in Google under Leland C. McCaslin.
What is your advice to someone thinking about serving their country?
– Serve. What a rewarding experience. I’m organizing an Army USAREUR G2 reunion this month; people can’t wait to get to it and see old service buddies and share the pride of their service!
THANK YOU LELAND C MCCASLIN FOR YOUR SERVICE!
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BE SURE TO CHECK OUT HIS BOOK:
Secrets of the Cold War focuses on a dark period of a silent war and offers a new perspective on the struggle between the superpowers of the world told in the words of those who were there. The author, formerly an expert in counterintelligence in US Army Europe, weaves together exciting true accounts of allies collecting enemy information in the East and fighting spies and terrorists in the West.
Amassing Soviet military information by Allied agents in the East is at the forefront! Learn the bizarre method a British agent uses to obtain the muzzle size of a Russian tank as he risks his life jumping on a moving train in East Germany. A French officer drives into a Soviet tank column and escapes undiscovered by cunning methods. In West Germany, terrorist attacks and spies are rampant. Communists shoot a rocket propelled grenade into a General’s occupied limo and terrorists kidnap another General. From the espionage files, an American soldier is nearly recruited in a downtown bar to be a spy and a First Sergeant is lured by sex to be an unknowing participant in spying.
Behind-the-lines images are historic and intriguing. See photographs of a French officer and a Soviet officer relaxing in the East German woods in a temporary unofficial peace; ‘James Bond’ type cars with their light tricks and their ability to leave their Stasi shadows ‘wheel spinning’ in the snow will amaze readers.
A Russian translator for the presidential hot line recounts a story about having to lock his doors in the Pentagon, separating himself and his sergeant from the Pentagon Generals when a message comes in from the Soviets. When he called the White House to relay the message to the President and stood by for a possible reply to the Soviet Chairman, he stopped working for the Generals and started working solely for the President.
In another riveting account, a US Berlin tank unit goes on red alert when the Soviets stop a US convoy on the autobahn between West Germany and Berlin. The Berlin Command orders the tanks to rescue them, “If anything gets in your way, either run over it or blow it away!” Young US Berlin train commanders recount their encounters with their Soviet counterparts aboard the Berlin Duty Train. In an unusual train incident, one male Soviet Officer places a love note in a young US female Train Commander’s pocket, touching her leg. The note is in the book.
Containing a host of first-person accounts that lift the lid on previously untold clandestine activities, this is a major contribution to Cold War history, and exciting reading for all those who have an interest in the real-life world of military intelligence, counterintelligence and espionage.