New Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Invested
December 20, 2010
By U.S. Army
The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army was invested in a ceremony held yesterday at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Bill W. Burgess, Jr. was selected by Secretary of the Army John McHugh to represent the state of Oklahoma.
"As the son of a career Army sergeant, it is overwhelming to have the opportunity to serve our Soldiers as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army," said Burgess. "I grew up at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and have many fond memories of the years that I spent living there."
CASAs, who were formally recognized in 1922, have become a vital part of the Army, promoting good relations between the Army and the public and advising the secretary about regional issues.
"Being a CASA during a time of persistent conflict is a critically important duty," said Joyce E. Morrow, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, who administered the oath of office to Burgess.
Each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories have one or more CASAs appointed to provide a vital link between the Army and the communities for which they serve. CASAs are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army and their communities.
Burgess, who graduated magna cum laude from Cameron University in 1980, received his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law. He is the Chairman of the Board of Vortex and Senior Partner of Burgess & Hightower Law Firm.
Burgess served as a Regent with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for 18 years, has been an Ambassador for the United States Army Reserve and served as President for the Fort Sill chapter of the Association of United States Army.
An Eagle Scout himself, Burgess has served as President of the Boy Scouts of America - Oklahoma Council, and he has been named Outstanding Philanthropist for Oklahoma by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Among his other achievements, Burgess was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive.
"I look forward to working with the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, regarding national defense issues," said Burgess.
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.