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. C. Dana Waterman III was selected by former Secretary of the Army Eric K. Fanning to represent Iowa (East).

"I am honored to represent the Secretary of the Army and the women and men who sacrifice much to keep our country safe," Waterman said. "I plan to be active in telling the Army story to communities across Iowa with pride," Dana remarked of this appointment."

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.

Waterman graduated from Phillips Academy, Dartmouth College, and received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. He has practiced law with Lane and Waterman LLP, a Quad Cities law firm, for more than 45 years, and served as the managing partner of the firm from 2001 until December 2016, where he continues in an "of counsel" capacity.

Waterman has also been deeply engaged in community service, including the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and its executive committee. As well as a business community representative of the Quad City Defense Alliance, which supports and advocates for the Rock Island Arsenal and its commands. In addition, he serves as a board member of Genesis Health System, the University of Iowa Health Alliance, Augustana College (Rock Island Illinois), and the Iowa Law School Foundation, of which he is president and board chair. He is a co-trustee of The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation and a founding co-trustor of the Quad City Cultural Trust. In 2015, Junior Achievement of the Heartland named him as a Laureate in the Quad-Cities Business Hall of Fame.

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.