WASHINGTON (Jan. 8, 2015) -- The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) was invested during a ceremony conducted at the Pentagon in mid-December, 2014.

Raul Mas was selected by Secretary of the Army John McHugh to represent Florida (South).

"Thank you for the great honor and privilege of serving our Army soldiers and their families in South Florida," Mas said. "Our community understands that freedom isn't free and we will continue to support and recognize their selfless service."

CASAs are a vital part of the Army, promoting good relations between the Army and the public and advising the Secretary about regional issues.

"We appreciate your willingness to take on this important position," McHugh said. "The support you will provide the Army and our soldiers is a great service to Florida and our nation."

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.

Mas earned a bachelor's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Harvard Business School. He began his career with Chase Manhattan Bank and later joined the investment banking firm of Goldman Sachs. After 30 years in banking, Mas joined United Homecare where he now serves at the senior executive in charge of development. He has made extensive contributions to the South Florida military community, encompassing all branches of the U.S. military, including the National Guard and reserve components.

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 10 additional years. The Secretary may recognize a Civilian Aide as a CASA Emeritus after 20 years of service. To date, more than 500 individuals have served the Army and the nation as a CASA.

For more information, contact Wayne V. Hall at 703-693-7589, or wayne.v.hall.civ@mail.mil.