WASHINGTON (January 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. Ronald L. Johnson was selected by the former Secretary of the Army, Eric K. Fanning to represent Georgia (North).

"I am extremely humbled and honored to continue to serve our Army in this capacity," Johnson said. "I look forward to contributing in a positive way, and am committed to serving as an Army ambassador and directed telescope for our Secretary of the Army."

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.

Johnson retired from the U.S. Army in April 2008, after serving 32 years, at the rank of major general. Currently, he is a professor at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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.