WASHINGTON (October 7, 2016) -- The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) was invested during a ceremony conducted at the Pentagon in late September.

Constance "Connie" L. Milstein was appointed by Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning to represent Washington, D.C. She will serve alongside Sherwood "Woody" Goldberg who has served as a CASA since April 2001.

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

"I was so happy when they did away with the draft after the Vietnam War. But it just amazes me that there are people -- soldiers -- who volunteer and are willing to put their lives at risk for me and my freedom," Milstein said. "And behind those soldiers are families -- spouses, children, and parents -- who are all affected by the soldiers' decision to serve. I hope to help the soldiers and their families through this position."

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.

"As the percentage of the population having served in the military decreases, our connection to the community becomes even more important" Fanning said. "Connie, you and all the CASAs, are a key to building that community connection. I am honored that you have accepted this position and I know you will continue to do great things for our Army family."

Milstein is a successful real estate entrepreneur and is the principal and co-founder of Ogden CAP Properties. She sits on numerous boards in support of the arts and humanitarian relief organizations and has been internationally recognized repeatedly for her outstanding contributions. Of note, she is on the board of Blue Star Families, an organization which serves over 1.5 million military family members, and co-founded Dog Tag Bakery, which provides education and training opportunities for wounded veterans and their spouses. She graduated from New York University and earned a J.D. cum laude from North Carolina Central Universty Law School.

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.