Army invests new civilian aide to secretary
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WASHINGTON (March 10, 2015) -- The newest civilian aide to the secretary of the Army, or CASA, was invested during a ceremony conducted at the Pentagon in late February.

Mark R. Hamilton was selected by Army Secretary John M. McHugh to represent Alaska (South).

"I have admired the great service provided by our CASA senior from Alaska (North), Chick Wallace, and want very much to emulate his efforts," Hamilton said. "My wife, Patty, is eager to join me in this adventure."

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

"You're here today because of your desire to continue to serve," McHugh said. "The support you will provide the Army and our Soldiers is a great service to Alaska 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.

Hamilton earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and a master's degree in literature from Florida State University. He served 31 years in the Army, and retired as a major general. He then served as the president of the University of Alaska system, before retiring as president emeritus.

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

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