CCAD Hosts ROTC Training Event

by Jose Rodriguez, CCAD Public Affairs

Capstone Cadets pose for a group photo in front of a UH-60 Black Hawk on the CCAD flight line.  Photos by Ervey Martinez (RELEASED)

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (March 11, 2016) -- CCAD Commander COL Garner Pogue hosted a Capstone leadership training event for 104 Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas A&M Kingsville, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the University of Texas at Austin, and Saint Mary's University. This developmental training event was for Military Science IV (four) seniors before their commissioning as 2nd lieutenants in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Army National Guard.

The highlight of the event was a panel convened by CCAD Commander COL Garner Pogue that offered cadets the opportunity to learn leadership perspectives and ask questions on what is expected of new 2nd lieutenants. Cadets also received a briefing from the Civilian Personal Advisory Center on the federal civilian hiring process and employment opportunities.

Engaging in leadership discussions with ROTC cadets are CPT Joanna Sanford, CCAD Physician Assistant; COL Garner Pogue, CCAD Commander; SGM Steven Odom, CCAD Sergeant Major; and CPT Roberto Soriano, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Liaison. 

COL Garner Pogue addresses the Capstone Cadets.


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.