Aviation Forum Centers on Enterprise-Wide Support

    by CCAD Public Affairs

A large group of aviation professionals gather at the American Bank Center for the 9th Annual Luther G. Jones Aviation Forum. US Army photo by Ervey Martinez (RELEASED).

Corpus Christi, TX (October 27, 2011) – More than 700 attendees ventured into the American Bank Center here Oct. 26 and 27, gathering insight on how Corpus Christi Army Depot reduced cost, increased production, and maintained high quality while meeting Warfighter needs successfully during the past year and what the depot is planning for the year ahead.

Industry and military leaders across the Army aviation enterprise participated in panel discussions that centered on aviation maintenance, critical partnerships and future combat aviation brigade readiness during the 9th Annual Luther G. Jones Aviation Summit.

Keynote speaker, Maj. General James E. Rogers, Commanding General, Aviation and Missile Command, remarked how important CCAD was to the fight, the “the artisans that are executing are leading the change to develop the way ahead for all of us to follow.” 

He said aviation’s mission is critical in to our success in Afghanistan and CCAD efforts support the enterprise today and well into the future, “we’re taking our lead from Corpus Christi.”

“Chris [Col. Christopher Carlile, CCAD Commander] understands the business. Corpus Christi is leading the effort on lowering the cost of aviation.” he said.

This year’s theme, “50 Years of Support to the Warfighter”, captured Corpus Christi Army Depot’s historical importance and how it’s leaning forward—implementing a strategic plan that drove down cost through a cost-conscious culture while providing world-class support to the Warfighter.

“It’s about being the preferred best solution for the Warfighter. In essence we’re focused on cost-consciousness as a team effort to improve the entire aviation enterprise,” said Carlile.”We also focus on efficiency- to be effective at producing more at a lower cost, to give us more capability.”

He said. "Our strategic plan is to do everything possible to make CCAD a world class, high tech, modern facility with the best workers in the world."

The strategic plan’s success is exemplified in the workforce by individuals like Mr. John Lewis, the Donald F. Luce Depot Maintenance Artisan of the Year Award winner. Lewis, as a Team Leader in the Black Hawk Assembly Branch of the Directorate of Aircraft Production, played a critical leadership role in the depot producing an unprecedented 48 UH-60 Black Hawks that returned to the fight this year. 

Lt. Col. Don Luce’s daughters, Robin Stokes and Gail Davis were present to give the award to Lewis.

Mr. John Lewis, Team Leader in the Black Hawk Assembly Branch, is awarded the Donald F. Luce Depot Maintenance Artisan of the Year Award by Luce’s daughter, Gail Davis during the Luther G. Jones Professional Aviation Forum. Looking on is Lt. Gen. (Retired) Daniel J. Petrosky, President, Army Aviation Association of America, and Col. Christopher B. Carlile, CCAD Commander. US Army Photo by Kiana Allen, CCAD Public Affairs (RELEASED).


Designated a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for rotary wing aircraft, Corpus Christi Army Depot ensures aviation readiness through overhaul, repair, modification, retrofit, testing, recapitalization, and modernization of helicopters, engines and components. This effort includes world-wide on-site field maintenance teams, analytical crash investigations and chemical material process facilities. CCAD serves as a depot training base for active duty Army, National Guard, and reserve units. CCAD, as South Texas' largest industrial employer, employs more than 5500 personnel and contractors providing an overall economic impact of more than $1.14 Billon to the local community.