Eight members of the Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery with Maj. Gen. Karl Horst, commander of Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District Washington, Sept. 28.

According to CASA member for D.C., Sherwood Goldberg, the members were on a scheduled visit to D.C. and were given the opportunity to pay their respects with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Civilian Aides are Special Government Employees who agree to serve as representatives of the Secretary of the Army without salary, wages, or related benefits.

The Secretary of the Army appoints at least one individual in each State, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to serve as CASAs. The term of office for Civilian Aides is 2 years with the possibility of serving a maximum of five terms at the discretion of the Secretary of the Army for a total of 10 years.

Criteria for selection of Civilian Aides is very specific and includes the aide be a United States citizen of outstanding character, integrity and patriotism, have a deep interest in military affairs, and is in a position to disseminate information about the Army to a broad cross section of the public and to other prominent citizens in their area.