Patrick C. Warren, the newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) was invested during a ceremony conducted on Aug. 16 at the Pentagon.
Warren was selected by the Acting Secretary of the Army, Ryan D. McCarthy, to represent Kansas (Greater Kansas City).
“One of the greatest opportunities I have had in my career at Kansas Speedway is meeting people who have chosen to serve our country,” Warren said in a news release. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in a different capacity as a CASA for the Greater Kansas City area, and look forward to working with the Army to achieve Secretary McCarthy’s priorities.”
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 for which they serve. CASAs are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army and their communities.
A graduate of the University of Kansas with an undergraduate degree in political science followed by a Juris Doctorate, Warren worked in the KU Athletics Program for eight years following law school. Warren left KU to attend the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he received his MBA with concentrations in finance and marketing in 2004. He joined Kansas Speedway in 2006 and was promoted to president in 2010. He received Fort Riley’s highest honor for private citizens, the Distinguished Trooper Award, in 2015 in recognition of his work with soldiers at the base.
Warren has served in leadership roles in a variety of civic organizations including the Board of Directors for the Kansas City, Kansas, Area Chamber of Commerce, Wyandotte County Economic Development Council, and Sunflower House. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Whiteman Air Force Base Community Council.
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 service with distinguished service.