Civilian Honored for His Time as CCAD Leader

by Daphne Martin and Brigitte Rox, CCAD Public Affairs

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AMCOM Commanding General, Major General Lynn A. Collyar (left) awarded Mr. Bill Braddy the Department of the Army's Superior Civilian Service Award for his service as CCAD leader for nearly three months. Photo by Kiana Allen (RELEASED).

Corpus Christi, TX (July 15, 2013) – The charge of leading Corpus Christi Army Depot went from a civilian back to a uniformed military leader during an assumption of command ceremony at the depot, July 15.

Mr. Braddy, the CCAD Deputy to Commander for Production Operations, served as the Executive Director for nearly three months pending the arrival of CCAD’s new Commander Colonel Billingsley G. Pogue III.

Mr. Braddy’s term as a civilian leader was celebrated with honor, reverence and recognition as the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Life Cycle Command (AMCOM) Commanding General, Major General Lynn A. Collyar awarded Mr. Bill Braddy the Department of the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award. 

COL Pogue thanked Mr. Braddy for his support and guidance during his transition to leadership, referring to Mr. Braddy as a legend in the aviation branch.

CCAD’s last commander, COL Christopher B. Carlile was set to transfer command to COL Pogue in July but was spirited away to work directly for Army Materiel Command (AMC) before his official end of duty date. Mr. Braddy served as Executive Director in the interim.

“We [AMCOM] put Bill in and he did a magnificent job just like we expected him to,” MG Collyar said as Mr. Braddy passed the colors to COL Pogue. “Now he’ll step down and really be the true advisor and deputy for Garner which will be very valuable for him over the next few years.”

“It is people like that that continue to serve, that make our Army as good as we are today,” MG Collyar said of Mr. Braddy. "We don’t have the uniformed personnel to do all of those jobs and this depot is a great example of that,” he said of the workforce, made up almost entirely of civilians.

 

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.