CCAD Wins Army Superior Unit Award for FY 2012

by Brigitte Rox, CCAD Public Affairs

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Army Aviation and Missile Command Commander, Maj. Gen. Lynn A. Collyar, presented CCAD with the ASUA certificate and streamer for accomplishments achieved in Fiscal Year 2012 during his recent visit to the depot, 21 May 2014. "Thanks for being here and thanks for what you do day in and day out to make this depot successful and to keep our Army strong." Photo by Ervey Martinez. (RELEASED).

Corpus Christi, TX (May 21, 2014) – The Corpus Christi Army Depot was recognized with the Army Superior Unit Award, Wednesday, for their support in maintaining helicopters when the Army needed them the most. This significant honor reflects organizational excellence and unrelenting mission focus.

Army Aviation and Missile Command Commander, Maj. Gen. Lynn A. Collyar, presented CCAD with the ASUA certificate and streamer for accomplishments achieved in Fiscal Year 2012 during his recent visit to the depot, 21 May 2014.

“Thanks for being here and thanks for what you do day in and day out to make this depot successful and to keep our Army strong,” he said to the crowds gathered in front of the CCAD headquarters during the award ceremony.

In 2012, the mostly civilian depot workforce produced 110 aircraft, including 50 UH-60 Black Hawk recapitalizations that were expeditiously returned to the Warfighter. At the same time, CCAD produced 33,000 end-items and components for the customer.

The workforce utilized process improvements that lowered program costs and shortened the program’s turnaround time per aircraft and component. Some of those improvements included internal employee innovation, lean production techniques, adaptation of industry’s best practices, and a massive cultural shift to a business mindset.

After achieving this monumental capacity, CCAD encountered a marked decline in business with the withdrawal of forces and economic uncertainty in the Defense budget. It has been a challenge for the depot to receive fewer work orders and fewer resources just as business was ramping up, but Maj. Gen. Collyar reemphasized the successes of the years since 2012.

“In the two years that I’ve been here, which has been a little bit of 2012, and the rest of 2013 and 2014, we continue to do everything that the Army asks us to do or that the Army provides us the resources to do,” Maj. Gen. Collyar told the CCAD workforce.

He spoke about plans they have with the UH-60 Black Hawk which would mean more work for the depot. “This is just the start,” he said. “There’s still a lot of good things to come.”

“We’re going to keep the depot working to as much of a capacity as we can afford, and that should increase that workload to keep 2,200 Black Hawks with a twenty-year life-cycle.”

And, though business has slowed for the depot, CCAD continues to strive to be better, faster and cost-effective by performing at an industry standard. In March, CCAD passed the AS9110B. The audit was a critical step in the process to always improve production management, product safety and quality. It demonstrates that CCAD adheres to industry best practices and is committed to quality products and customer service, every day.

The Army Superior Unit Award was established by the Secretary of the Army to recognize outstanding meritorious performance of a unit during a difficult and challenging mission under extraordinary circumstances. The unit must display such outstanding devotion and superior performance of exceptionally difficult tasks as to set the unit apart from and above other units with similar missions.

ASUAMaj. Gen. Lynn Collyar presents CCAD with ASUA streamer for their support in maintaining helicopters when the Army needed them the most. This significant honor reflects organizational excellence and unrelenting mission focus. Photo by Ervey Martinez. (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.