ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army met with senior leaders from the Joint Munitions Command to strengthen the Army's objectives, roles and cooperation within the civilian community here, April 25.
The CASAs visit military bases to maintain awareness of current Department of the Army concerns. Today's visit allowed JMC to inform the CASAs of current issues facing the ammunition community. In addition to visiting JMC, the CASAs were also briefed by the Army Sustainment Command and First Army, other commands also based on the Rock Island Arsenal.
CASAs are business and community leaders selected by the Secretary to advise and support Army leaders across the country. Civilian Aides come from many professions including business, education, finance, industry, law, the media, medicine and public service. Each is proactively involved in the community and brings to the position an interest in the Army, a high degree of business and civic leadership and an ability to influence the public.
"The CASAs want to know how they can help JMC. They want to know our issues regarding workforce and long-term viability of our ammo business. They represent the Secretary of the Army," said Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, JMC commander.
CASAs who attended the informational briefs were: Tracy Beckette -- eastern Missouri, Sam Kupresin -- western Illinois, Dan McGowan -- Iowa, and Paul Lima -- Wisconsin.
"CASAs look at what benefits the Army. What makes sense for the Army," said Lima.
Civilian Aides support the Army through personal contact and correspondence with colleagues from their states, through public statements and appearances, and through participation in Army-sponsored events, particularly in their local communities. Civilian Aides also provide important feedback on public attitudes and concerns to the Army leadership.
CASAs serve a two-year term without compensation. Terms may be extended to a total of 10 years of service, followed by possible appointment as a CASA Senior for six additional years. The Secretary of the Army may recognize a Civilian Aide as a CASA Emeritus after 16 years of service. To date, more than 500 individuals have served the Army and the nation as CASAs.
This visit was part of a quarterly CASA visit to Rock Island Arsenal.