WASHINGTON (Aug. 26, 2016) -- The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) was invested during a ceremony conducted earlier this month at the Pentagon.

Stephen "Steve" Lee was appointed by Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning to represent Ohio (South). He fills the vacancy left by William LaPrise of Miamisburg, Ohio, who served five terms as a CASA.

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

"There is not a day that goes by that I am not thinking about a way to make lives of our soldiers and their families better. The more I learn about them and the sacrifices they make, the more I know how important they are to the American way of life," Lee said.

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.

"CASAs are critical in telling the Army story," Fanning said. "They connect America's communities to the military in so many ways, and there are few people in Ohio as qualified to make these connections than Steve Lee."

Lee is currently a Senior Vice President -- Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. He attended the University of Cincinnati and has had a successful career as a financial advisor to clients on both investments and debt structure. Lee was founder and co-Chairman of the Cincinnati USO Tribute to the Troops and serves on numerous community and veterans support groups. He has numerous awards for his charitable contributions, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Distinguished Public Service.

CASAs serve a two-year term without compensation. Terms may be extended to a total of 10 years of service. The secretary may recognize a civilian aide as a CASA Emeritus after 10 years of service with distinguished service.

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