WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army appointed its newest Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) Dec. 3 during an investment ceremony here in the Pentagon.The Honorable Dr. Mark T. Esper, Secretary of the Army, selected retired Brig. Gen. Thomas P. "Patt" Maney to represent Florida (North), and selected retired Brig. Gen. Mabry E. "Bud" Martin to represent North Carolina (West)."It is my distinct privilege to invest Bud and Patt into the CASA program," Esper said. "Their background in the military and in the business and public sectors have proven them to be accomplished leaders. I have no doubt each will do great things for our Army family."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.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 service with distinguished service.Thomas P. "Patt" Maney"I am blessed to have had successful dual careers of service as an Okaloosa County Court judge for 29 years and as an Army Reservist for almost 37 years, eight and a half of which were active duty," Maney said. "The education and experience of each career contributed to success in the other. I am honored to again have the opportunity to serve North Florida, its soldiers and their families in implementing Secretary Esper's priorities."A combat wounded veteran, Maney's North Florida military community contacts are extensive given his long service and command of Pensacola's 350th Civil Affairs Command and service on the Florida Defense Support Task Force. He said his deployment experiences in Bosnia and Afghanistan made him acutely aware of challenges facing veterans and their families.As a judge, he started Florida's first Veterans Treatment Court, championed local military history and monuments, recruited establishment of a Vet Center, and actively supported southeast Army units, families, and veterans. Selected for the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame, he serves on the Supreme Court's Steering Committee on Problem Solving Courts; the Mid Bay Bridge Authority; Board of Control for Southern Regional Education; and the Veterans Administration secretary's Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans.
Mabry E. "Bud" Martin"After dual careers, 31-years in the North Carolina Army National Guard, and 29 years as an engineering manager for PPG Industries, Inc., I am honored to serve as a civilian aide for the western part of the great state of North Carolina," said Martin. "I look forward to assisting Secretary Esper fulfill the new Army vision and implement its new strategy by working with each community and the state to improve the growth and wellbeing of our active, Reserve, and National Guard war fighters, families and veterans."A graduate of Clemson University and its ROTC program, Martin served as a dedicated professional soldier with the regular Army followed by a stellar career in the North Carolina National Guard where he served in various command positions.After retirement, he joined the North Carolina Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee where he presently volunteers supporting soldiers. He is a member of the USO of North Carolina Board of Directors. Pat McCrory, former North Carolina governor, appointed Martin to serve as North Carolina Military Affairs Commission chairman from 2013-2017.For over a decade Martin has demonstrated an impressive record of success and excellence by volunteering in many areas directly related to benefiting soldiers and their families across North Carolina.