Retired South Dakota Major General is sworn in as Civilian Assistant to Secretary of the Army


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WASHINGTON – A retired U.S. Army Major General from South Dakota, who served as Acting Director of the Army National Guard, now has a new role in the U.S. Army.

Raymond Carpenter was named the new Civilian Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) during an investiture ceremony on November 16 at the Pentagon.

Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth was sworn in to Carpenter as CASA for South Dakota. Nine new CASAs, representing communities across the United States and its territories, were named during the ceremony.

“I am honored to have been chosen by the Secretary of the Army to serve as CASA,” Carpenter said. “This new role for me in these uncertain times will have its challenges, but I am confident with my military background I can properly represent the Secretary and the military across communities in South Dakota.”

Carpenter is a Vietnam veteran who has served over 44 years in uniform. His last posting before his retirement was the Acting Director of the Army National Guard. Carpenter is currently a senior member of the Association of the United States Army, which promotes education on military issues and support for the military.

“Ray, you have had a distinguished military career, serving with distinction,” Wormuth said. “Thank you for continuing to serve South Dakota. “

According to an army statement, the CASA promote good relations between the army and the public, advise the secretary on regional issues, support the entire force of the army and help with recruitment and aid to the military. soldiers during their transition out of the military. Each state, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories have one or more named CASAs to provide a vital link between the military and the communities they serve.

“You are ambassadors for the military, but on top of that, you are sensors to tell us what resonates in your communities and what does not,” Wormuth said at the ceremony.

CASAs are typically business or civic leaders with an interest in the well-being of the military and their communities.


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