WASHINGTON – During an investiture ceremony on July 10, 2020, at Fort Myer, Virginia, Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy appointed two individuals as Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army. The new CASAs are John Stull, a resident of Niantic, Connecticut, and Luis Martinez-Monfort, a resident of Tampa Bay, Florida.
Secretary McCarthy thanked them for their willingness to serve.
“CASAs are a valuable asset in the community, and the communities need your help more than ever to recruit the best of the best,” he said. “The COVID-19 pandemic had changed the way we do business within the communities, but I am confident that force enablers like you will ensure the Army makes mission.”
CASAs, a vital part of the Army, promote good relations between the Army and the public and advise the secretary on regional issues.
Each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories have one or more CASAs to provide vital links between the Army and the communities 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.
“I am honored and excited that the secretary selected me for this important position, and I look forward to working closely with the National Guard and Reserve units in Connecticut to help future soldiers achieve their goals of serving in the U.S. Army,” said Stull, who served in the Army and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy. Currently he is the clinical vice president of Intuitive Surgical Inc., robotic surgery company.
“I am grateful that the secretary has afforded me the opportunity to step forward and serve those who so selflessly serve others,” said Martinez-Monfort, a graduate of Emory University who, earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law, and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Miami. He is one of the founding partners of the law firm of Gardner Brewer Martinez-Monfort, is co-owner of Tampa Laundry Company.