The Army yesterday invested three new civilian aides to the secretary of the Army (CASAs) in a ceremony held in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes. The following aides were selected by Secretary of the Army John McHugh to generate and maintain support for the Army throughout their state and local communities:
• Karen Theobald Conlin, for Virginia (central);
• T. Carter Melton, for Virginia (west);
• Robert M. Soeldner, for Massachusetts.
CASAs were first formally recognized in 1922 and have since become a vital part of the Army. Among other duties, they promote good relations between the Army and public and advise the secretary about their regional area.
“It is a mark of selfless service to be a CASA in a time of war,” said Lt. Gen. David Huntoon, director of the Army staff, before administering the oath of office to the incoming aides. “I thank you for taking on such an important duty.”
One or more civilian aides are appointed for each state and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa. CASAs are actively involved in their communities and are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army.
Once appointed, CASAs serve a two-year term without compensation. Terms may be extended to a total of ten years of service, followed by possible appointment as a CASA emeritus.
To date, more than 500 individuals have served the Army and the nation as a CASA.
Biographical information on the three new CASAs may be found here: http://www.defense.gov/news/newcasas.pdf. For more information about CASA-related matters, please contact Judy Smith at 703-697-2639. For public affairs assistance, please contact Lt. Col. Elizabeth Robbins at 703-614-2459.