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Army secretary picks Colorado pair as civilian aides with eye on recruiting

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Army secretary picks Colorado pair as civilian aides with eye on recruiting

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The Army’s top civilian leader picked a pair of Colorado residents to be his civilian aides this month, making a command sergeant major and a beer baron his top advisers on issues in the state.

Civilian aides are unpaid but help influence Army decisions about their region and, in this case, help influence Colorado lawmakers on Army issues.

From Colorado Springs comes retired Command Sgt. Maj. Terrance McWilliams.

From Denver comes Pete Coors, a one-time Senate candidate and scion of the family that founded Coors Brewing in Golden.

“It is my distinct privilege to welcome Peter and Terrance to the program,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in an email. “Both are true influencers in the state of Colorado who will make immediate impacts for the Army and our soldiers from day one.”

McWilliams served as Fort Carson’s top enlisted soldier from 2002-07, the early years of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In uniform, he was a tireless advocate for troops, pushing quality-of-life initiatives and ensuring that the families of deployed soldiers got the help they needed.

He learned to care for troops over a 30-year Army career that included service in the 1991 Persian Gulf war with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He took that dedication into civilian life.

McWilliams traded in his uniform for a suit and tie as the top military advocate for the El Pomar Foundation. At that charity, McWilliams helps direct money to programs for troops and their families.

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