A Major Promotion for South Texas Army Aviator

by Brigitte Rox, CCAD Public Affairs

Corpus Christi Army Depot Commander, Colonel Garner Pogue (left) congratulates Lieutenant Colonel Tracy D Johnson at his promotion ceremony, 29 October 2015.   Photos by Brigette Rox (RELEASED).

Corpus Christi, TX (October 29, 2015) – Tracy D Johnson became the highest ranking Army aviator in aircraft production when he was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD), 29 October 2015.

The ceremony and reception took place on Corpus Christi's Bluff Landing Marina at the Laguna Reef Restaurant that Thursday at 4 p.m.

Depot commander, Colonel Garner Pogue hosted the event, which was well-attended by Johnson's colleagues, old military comrades, family, and friends. The colonel assisted with the ceremony, officially promoting Johnson from a major to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

The official orders, as recited by Col. Pogue, read:

"The President of the United States has reposed special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of Maj. Tracy D. Johnson.

"In view of these qualities and their demonstrated potential for increased responsibility, he is, therefore, promoted to lieutenant colonel."

The Secretary of the Army of the United States submitted Official Order 275-002, with Tracy Johnson's name on it, on October 2, 2015.

Lt. Col. Johnson is a division chief for CCAD's Aviation Support Branch. His mission includes the physical distribution of all helicopters arriving and departing the depot.

He would be the first to tell you that being a division chief at the depot is no desk job. One of his main responsibilities is prepping aircraft and flight crews for flight tests, which means his desk is often the cockpit of a freshly-assembled helicopter.

While the other 4000+ CCAD employees repair and modify helicopters for the next Army mission, he's the one who makes sure each aircraft can fly good and true.

Promotion or not, one thing is for certain: when Johnson is testing CCAD aircraft, he has the best view in town.

Corpus Christi Army Depot Commander, Colonel Garner Pogue and Lieutenant Colonel Tracy D Johnson recite the Military Officer's Oath at Johnson's promotion ceremony, 29 October 2015.

Corpus Christi Army Depot Commander, Colonel Garner Pogue and Heather Hawthorne congratulate Lieutenant Colonel Tracy D Johnson at his promotion ceremony, 29 October 2015.


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.