CVMD CEO Lorenzo P. Rios was sworn in this afternoon on November 16, as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) in a virtual investiture ceremony conducted with the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
Rios will be one of ten representatives for the state of California.
After swearing in, a local ceremony was also held to honor Rios for his recognition and investiture as the new CASA. The event took place at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District’s auditorium and was hosted by Joseph Sweeney, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Emeritus.
Lorenzo Rios is a decorated veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. He joins an organization that enlists business and community leaders that are appointed by the Secretary to advise and support Army leaders across the country.
CASA members come from many professional backgrounds including business, education, finance, industry, law, media, medicine, and public service.
CASA members are also Special Government Employees who agree to serve as representatives of the Secretary of the Army without salary, wages, or related benefits. They are however afforded a 3-star protocol status for their contribution.
Rios expressed his gratitude for this honor stating, “it is an honor to tell the Army story and share the great community support found in our Central Valley of California.”
Rios plans to continue to serve as the CEO of the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.