By Master Sgt. Dan Balda | 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
FORT CARSON, Colo. — The U.S. Army appointed its newest civilian aide to the secretary of the Army (CASA) Nov. 7, 2019 during an investment ceremony at 4th Infantry Division headquarters at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy selected Terrance McWilliams to represent the greater Colorado Springs area.
“When I was sworn in as the secretary of the Army I didn’t have this many people here,” McCarthy said. “It speaks volumes to the man that we’re going to swear in today.”
McWilliams serves as the senior vice president of an organization that provides grants for education, health care, civic and community initiatives and the environment. He served over 30 years in the Army, retiring as the command sergeant major for 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. He is active in numerous local boards, including the Colorado State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education, the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce and Association of the U.S. Army.
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 in 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 distinguished service. With the addition of McWilliams, Colorado is served by three CASAs. Peter H. Coors (North) was invested Nov. 5 and William “Bill” H. Hanzlik (North) was invested in May.
“I truly believe in the Soldier for Life program; once a Soldier always a Soldier,” McWilliams said. “The strength of this community is the military. Mr. Secretary I will do anything
I can to enforce and support your initiatives to work with our great command and glad to see Guard and Reserve to continue (fostering) that relationship and tell the Army story.”
(Some information on the CASA program was pulled from an Army News Service release.)