Fort Drum welcomes Butler as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army

Updated: Jan. 24, 2020 at 2:46 PM EST
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FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - Former Watertown Mayor Joe Butler is welcomed into his new role as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.

There was a transition ceremony on Fort Drum Friday afternoon. As the post welcomed Butler, it also said farewell to Anthony Keating who had served in the role for 24 years. The Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army promotes good relations between the Army and the public and the Army secretary about regional issues.

Dozens of North Country leaders and family members attended the ceremony to thank Keating for his service and congratulate Butler.

Butler says he looks forward to maintaining his relationship with Fort Drum and continuing to build the bridge between civilians and the military community.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be rewarding and work and a nice responsibility as well. It’s going to be a privilege and an honor to act on behalf of the secretary of the Army and I can’t be more excited,” said Butler. “Tony did a tremendous job for 24 years.”

“It was an honor and privilege and pleasure to hold the position. But, I think probably the greatest of the qualitative compensation pieces was the fact that everyday if I was able, I could come out here and spend time with soldiers and their families who are some of the greatest people in the world in my opinion,” said Keating.

Butler was sworn in to the position at the Pentagon last week.

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