Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army meet in Huntsville, tour Redstone Arsenal

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT)-- This week is the Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army annual conference. This time, it's in Huntsville.

As part of the conference, the CASAs toured Redstone Arsenal and meet with senior Army officials. They're business and community leaders who have been appointed by the Secretary of the Army to their roles and now serve as the bridge between the Army and the community.

Each state has at least one CASA. Joe Fitzgerald represents North Alabama and said he hopes touring Redstone is a "wow factor" for those aides who have never been here before.

"They're going to see what a community can do that works this closely with our Army," he said.

"Some of them don't know anything about Redstone," said Laura DeFrancisco, Program Director for CASA. "They don't know anything about these commands that are here. So they're learning a whole other side of the Army."

CASAs work in their communities to promote the Army, inform people in their areas about the Army, and advise the Secretary of the Army about the public's concerns. DeFrancisco says it's an important link.

"The Army is only in so many places throughout the country," she said.

Fitzgerald added that the goal is for these CASAs to come together and learn from each other, then take what they've learned to better their own installations where they live.