COL Christopher B. Carlile

Commander, Corpus Christi Army Depot

COL Christopher CarlileColonel Christopher B. Carlile was commissioned in 1989 as a Second Lieutenant from Arkansas State University with a BS in Zoology. He also holds an MBA from Embry-Riddle and a MS in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. He is a certified maintenance examiner rated in the UH-1, OH-58, UH-60 and CH-47 with over 600 hours of maintenance test flight time.

COL Carlile’s military education includes the U.S. Air War College, Command and Staff Course, Nuclear Planning and Execution Course, U.S. Army Space Operations School, Logistics Executive Development Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School and the Infantry Officer Advanced Course. He is a qualified Space Operations Officer and served as a Nuclear Strike Advisor for President George W. Bush. He is a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the Aeroscout Aviation Course.

COL Carlile’s first assignment was to VII Corps in Germany in 1990. While there he deployed serving as the Supply Support Activity and Maintenance Platoon Leader during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance (AVIM) Production Control Officer during Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey and Northern Iraq. While assigned to the 10th Mountain Division he deployed to Somalia where he served as Production Control Officer and Aeroscout Pilot during Operation Restore Hope. COL Carlile served as the Attack Helicopter Training Battalion Executive Officer (XO) and Operations Officer (S3) supporting six reserve attack helicopter battalions. He later served as the 4th Cavalry Regimental Operations Officer (S3) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. COL Carlile commanded A/8-101 (AVIM) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky deploying to Kosovo KFOR-3A and Afghanistan. He served as the 8-101st Aviation Regiment (AVIM) Executive Officer (XO) in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

COL Carlile’s most recent assignments include Battalion Command of the 1-223d Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker, Alabama and later as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Aviation Center and Fort Rucker. COL Carlile assumed Command of Corpus Christi Army Depot in June 2010.

COL Carlile’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (2 OLC), Air Medal (Numeral 3), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Southwest Asia Campaign (3 Bronze Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2 OLC), Meritorious Unit Award (2 OLC), and Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Master Aviator Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He is a designated Demonstrated Master Logistician and a recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. He received the Order of Saint Michael (Bronze) in 1997.

Mission statement

  • Return Army rotary wing aircraft and components to the fight with uncompromising quality, at the lowest possible cost, in the shortest amount of time possible.
  • Support the Army's accident investigation processes with subject matter expertise and reliable laboratory analysis anywhere in the world.
  • When required, assess, evaluate and repair forward deployed aircraft and components anywhere in the world to include depot forward capabilities as required.
  • Support Active, Reserve and National Guard maintenance skill development with hands-on experience at the Depot.


  • To be the Warfighter's preferred best value solution for modification, repair, and overhaul of critical rotary wing and UAS components and platforms.
  • To anticipate and prepare for future MRO requirements with tools, training, and facilities.
  • To utilize LMP and other automation solutions to reduce indirect costs, focus on programs with highest margins, and make informed business decisions on off-loading programs that are not economical.
  • To fully utilize the Aviation Enterprise (AMCOM, IMMC, RDEC, PEO-AV, USAACE, and CCAD) to provide coordinated, effective and efficient support to the Warfighter.


Last updated on: 22-Feb-2013