WASHINGTON (January 25, 2016) -- The newest civilian aide to the secretary of the Army (CASA) was invested during a ceremony conducted earlier this month at the Pentagon. Allie L. Braswell, Jr., was selected by former Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning to represent Florida (Tampa Bay).

"It's an honor and privilege to continue to serve our men and women of the US Army in this role," Allie said. "Our Soldiers are engaged, on a daily basis, in protecting and preserving our freedom, I look forward to advocating on their behalf and telling our Army story."

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

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.

Braswell holds a B.S. in Information Technology (Computer Science) from American InterContinental University. Currently he is matriculated at the University of Phoenix seeking a M.B.A. in Human Resources Management. He served for more than 12 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, in various roles culminating as a Cryptologic Linguist and Cryptanalyst in support of national operations, while assigned to the National Security Agency.

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 distinguished service.

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