Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army presents at IA Brown-Bag

Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) Michael D. Hockley led a discussion on the CASA program in the 5th Interagency Brown-Bag lecture of the 2019 academic year on Dec. 12, in the Arnold Conference Room of the Lewis and Clark Center, home of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

During his presentation Hockley provided information on the history of the CASA program and outlined how The Honorable (Dr.) Mark T. Esper, Secretary of the Army, uses his Civilian Aides across the country to keep the public informed, advise him on regional issues, and to tell the Army’s story to the civilian populace in the various CASA regions around the country.

Hockley is a law partner with Spencer Fane, LLP, in Kansas City. His practice concentrates on litigation, environmental law, and renewable energy. He serves in leadership roles in a variety of civic, professional, and business organizations to include founding trustee and chair of the Command and General Staff College Foundation; past chair, United Way of Greater Kansas City Board of Trustees; treasurer, board of regents, American College of Environmental Lawyers; and member, board of directors, Armed Forces Bank NA. He was named amongst the Best Lawyers in America as Kansas City Environmental Lawyer of the Year in 2012, 2016, and 2018, and received the Ben Craig Distinguished Service Award from the Overland Park Rotary Club in 2014.

Hockley graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1973 and the University of Nebraska College Of Law in 1980. He served for 28 combined years as an active duty and reserve Army officer. He was sworn in as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Kansas (East) in April 16, 2018.

The InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series is co-hosted by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School (CGSS). The lecture series is an extracurricular, interagency topic-focused series that is intended to help enrich the CGSS curriculum. The CGSC Foundation and the Simons Center have received support for all brown-bag lectures in academic year 2019 from First Command Financial Services in Leavenworth, Kansas. The presentations are scheduled each month.- See the full schedule.

All lectures in the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series are free and open to the public. As the series moniker states, the lecture series is conducted in the traditional “brown-bag lunch” format. – Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches into the conference room. Members of the public coming to the lectures from off-post will need to add extra time to check-in at the Fort Leavenworth visitor center. – For gate information, see the Fort Leavenworth homepage.

Visit the Command and General Staff College Foundation album on Flickr for more photos from the lecture.

See the video of the full lecture below.

Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) Michael D. Hockley leads a discussion on the CASA program on December 12.

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