Amata Congratulates CASA Appointee

February 8, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Saturday, Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata had the opportunity to congratulate a longtime friend, former colleague and Veteran, Col. (Ret.) Lillian “Anita” Dixon,  as the new Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA). She will serve in the same role for the Washington, D.C. region as Lotoaoalii Joseph Toloa'i Ho Ching II does for the Pacific region that includes American Samoa. He was appointed CASA in 2020.

“Col. Dixon has excellent experience and is a superb selection for this role. I would expect she and Lotoaoalii will have occasions to work together and share best practices in their key roles serving as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army,” Amata said.

Amata congratulates Col. Dixon on CASA appointment
Amata congratulating Col. Dixon on CASA appointment


Congresswoman Amata and Col. Dixon, then assigned on a military fellowship, once worked together in the office of Congressman J.C. Watts — a trailblazer in Congress, one of two African American Republican Members serving in the House at that time.

Saturday’s celebration, joined by numbers of military leaders, honored Colonel Dixon and the promotion of Brigadier General Terrance Adams, United States Air Force. Congresswoman Amata spoke remotely.

Col. Dixon has been a businesswoman since her retirement from the Army in 2015. She earned her wings as a Paratrooper, and had a long variety of roles in the military progressing in responsibility, and is an Iraq combat veteran, awarded the Bronze Star Medal. In one of her roles, she worked on a special project reducing a Veterans’ services backlog by hundreds of thousands of cases. She was awarded the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal, and inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame.

File photo - Uifaatali and Lotoaoalii
(File photo) Uifaatali and Lotoaoalii


CASAs promote good relations between the Army and the public, and advise the Secretary. CASAs are business and civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army and their communities. Joseph Toloa'i Ho Ching, II, of Pago Pago, is President and CEO of CBT Ho Ching & Co. Inc. He serves with Angels Crossing Home Hospice as both Administrator and on the Board of Directors, is Chairman of American Samoa Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, and is a member of the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce.