U.S. Representative Ed Royce

39th District of California
 

Yorba Linda Resident Sworn in as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army

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Washington, November 7, 2017 | comments


Rep. Royce (pictured far right) attended the ceremony for Bridget Blehm (pictured center right) as she was sworn into be a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) attended a ceremony at the Pentagon for Yorba Linda resident Bridget Blehm as she was sworn in to serve as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA). After the ceremony, Rep. Royce released the following statement: 

“Military families throughout Orange County are very familiar with Bridget Blehm and the incredible work she has done serving as Executive Director of For Families of Active Military (FFAM). For more than a decade, Bridget has provided hope and support to active military and their families when they needed it the most. As a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Bridget is the ideal candidate to support and advocate for U.S. Army soldiers, veterans, and families of Southern California.”


Bridget Blehm (pictured center) is sworn in by the U.S. Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy (pictured left), during a ceremony held at the Pentagon on Tuesday.

Background:

Rep. Royce endorsed Bridget Blehm’s nomination to serve as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) and submitted a letter of support which can be found HERE

Bridget Blehm was one of five Californians to be selected to serve as a CASA, which comes with a 3-star general rank. Bridget’s duties will include participating in advisory panels that will help create a better dialogue between the civilian and military communities in Southern California. 

(Courtesy of For Families of Active Military)
Bridget Blehm founded FFAM in 2006 after years of inviting active military to her home at Thanksgiving and Christmas. When the invitation list kept growing, she moved the celebrations to a larger space. She soon realized how formalizing her efforts would allow her to increase support for active military men and women as well as their families. She expanded her support to include pre-deployment activities, soldier care packages, welcome home celebrations, new baby baskets, respite care and more. And, in 2016 FFAM opened The Re-Entry Lodge in Lake Arrowhead where military from Camp Pendleton, Miramar Air Station and Fort Irwin (all branches across the US) may take their families for time away together to reconnect and rejuvenate post-deployment or in times of need. 

For families of Active Military (FFAM) is a not for profit that began in 2006 in response to the increasing awareness of the hardships that our military families experience, and the desire to give back to those who sacrifice so much on our country's behalf. FFAM works with military bases in Southern California to provide holiday meals and gifts, pre- and post-deployment support, food and furnishings assistance, new baby baskets, bereavement and respite care, and a retreat center for families to reintegrate and relax after returning from deployment. 

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