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WASHINGTON -- The newest civilian aides to the secretary of the Army (CASA) were invested during a ceremony conducted today at the Pentagon.

G. Brynt Parmeter was selected by the Acting Secretary of the Army, Robert M. Speer to represent California (Silicon Valley), and Jeff Coleman was selected to represent Alabama (South).

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

"Mr. Parmeter's military career coupled with his work in Silicon Valley will help to build strong relationships for the Army in areas of technology and be beneficial to our leaders and soldiers to contribute to the technological advances of our Nation," Speer stated.

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. CASA are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army and their communities.

"Mr. Coleman's support for the Army and the Fort Rucker community has been outstanding. He will now bring those experience and will do a great job representing all our soldiers and family members across southern Alabama," Speer added.

Parmeter served more than 23 years as an active duty infantry officer, retiring at the rank of Colonel in 2014. He held a wide range of operational, training, administrative, and management positions in the United States, Korea, Germany, and Iraq. His numerous duty assignments include the 2nd Infantry Division, the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), the Military District of Washington, the 4th Infantry Division, the Joint Readiness Training Center, the 1st Infantry Division, the 1st Cavalry Division, and the Human Resources Command. Mr. Parmeter served over 39 months in combat in Iraq between 2004 and 2009 at the battalion, brigade, and division level to include 12 months as a battalion commander. His last assignments before retirement include service as the G3 operations officer of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea and the operations division chief within the Enlisted Personnel Management Directorate at the Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He has received numerous awards and decorations to include several Legions of Merit and Bronze Star Medals. He is air assault and airborne qualified, is an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, and received both the Expert Infantryman's and Combat Infantryman's Badges.

Coleman is president and CEO of Coleman World Group, based in Dothan, Alabama, and he is a fifth generation leader of a family-owned, transportation, moving, storage, and relocation business that was established in 1914. The family company is ranked as one of the top 30 largest private companies in Alabama, and it is the largest agent for Allied Van Lines, which is one of the largest moving and relocation companies in the world. He is chairman of the board for the Business Council of Alabama, which is Alabama's largest and most respected business trade association working on behalf of over 5,000 businesses. He is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors for the American Moving and Storage Association, and he is vice chairman of the Alabama Trucking Association. Mr. Coleman is the vice chairman of the Dothan Industrial Development Board, and he is the chairman of the board for the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center in Dothan. Mr. Coleman and his wife, Tiffany, reside in Dothan, Alabama, and they have three daughters Mary Virginia, Frances and Abigail.

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.