WASHINGTON (April 19, 2017) -- The newest Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) were invested during a ceremony conducted today at the Pentagon.

Acting Secretary of the Army, Robert M. Speer selected Erica Jeffries (Illinois -- North) and Kenneth Wong (Pennsylvania -- East).

Jeffries holds a Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point; a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; and a Master of Business Administration from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech University. She is a board member for Bunker Labs, a veteran owned, national non-profit organization empowering veterans as leaders in innovation. Additionally, Jeffries serves on the Military Strategic Initiatives Advisory Council for the George W. Bush Institute and as a board member of Illinois Joining Forces.

Wong is the president CIG Asia, Ltd, a national insurance brokerage firm located in Philadelphia. He continues to serve his community with high energy as a board member of the American Red Cross of eastern Pennsylvania; the Liberty USO of Pennsylvania & southern New Jersey; PHL Convention & Visitors Bureau; Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network; American Heritage Federal Credit Union; the Central High School of Philadelphia; the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association. Wong is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and is active on their Armed Services Council.

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

Each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories have one or more CASA 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.

CASA 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 Dave Foster at 703-697-5344, or paul.d.foster3.civ@mail.mil.