Three 105 mm howitzers of the 2nd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery Regiment, based in Lakeland, fire during the change-of-command ceremony for the Army Reserve Medical Command at the C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park Sept. 23.
PINELLAS PARK – The leadership of the Army Reserve Medical Command, overseeing the Army Reserve’s medical efforts from C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park, changed hands Sept. 23.
A traditional ceremony marked the transition. Outgoing commander Maj. Gen. Robert Kasulke and the command’s senior enlisted advisor, Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Schulz both retired, and Kasulke handed over command to a newly promoted reservist.
Maj. Gen. Bryan Kelly accepted a promotion as a two-star general during the ceremony as well as new responsibility as the fourth commanding general of the Army Reserve Medical Command. Schulz passed his responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Harold Estabrooks.
Both Kasulke and Schulz have served in the military for more than 30 years.
Kasulke was commissioned into the Army Reserve medical corps in 1980, after graduating from the State University of New York College of Medicine, where he completed a fellowship in vascular surgery. He was first assigned as general surgeon, moving up through the ranks, until he assumed command of the Army Reserve Medical Command in October 2009.
In his civilian career as a general and vascular surgeon, Kasulke, who lives in Watertown, N.Y., has an office-based practice specializing in surgical treatment for patients with venous disease. He has served as a medical director for the Hospice of Jefferson County as well as a deputy medical examiner for the county.
Kasulke also is a member of the Congress of the International Organization of Medical Reservists. He is slated to become the president of the congress in 2014 and the first American to hold that position since 1948.
Schulz, currently living in St. Petersburg, joined the Army in 1975 and served in several operations, including Operation Iraqi Freedom during his deployment to Baghdad, Iraq. The highly decorated non-commissioned officer joined the leadership of the Army Reserve Medical Command in November 2007. In retiring from the military, he joins his wife, Tommie, who also retired as a command sergeant major.
Kelly was commissioned into the Army Reserves medical corps in 1989, first serving as a clinical psychologist in Boston, Mass. His last position was commanding general for the Medical Readiness and Training Command, a part of the Army Reserve Medical Command structure.
Kelly, who lives in Sandwich, Mass., maintained an independent psychology practice in his civilian life. Since 1997, he has been a clinical psychologist in the Massachusetts court system.
Estabrooks enlisted with the Army Reserve in September 1985 and has since served in a variety of assignments including command sergeant major for a medical task force in Baghdad.
Up until recently, he served as senior enlisted advisor for 86th Training Division in Fort McCoy, Wis.