Corpus Christi Army Depot Change of Command Set for Friday, July 22

by Brigitte Rox, CCAD Public Affairs

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (July 18, 2016) --Corpus Christi Army Depot’s (CCAD) Change of Command Ceremony is set for Friday, 22 July 2016, when Colonel Billingsley Garner Pogue III, who assumed command in July 2013, passes command of the Depot to Colonel Allan Hinola Lanceta.

At the same time, Command Sergeant Major Steven D. Odom will transfer his responsibility to the Depot’s incoming Sergeant Major Louis C. Felicioni. Major General Douglas M. Gabram, Commanding General of the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) will preside as host.

This event not only marks the end of Col. Pogue’s and Command Sgt. Maj. Odom’s leadership roles at CCAD, but celebrates their Army careers as they retire from service, immediately following the ceremony.

Incoming CCAD Commander Col. Lanceta is a senior Army Aviator who most recently served at CCAD’s higher headquarters, AMCOM. Before that, he directed the central region’s US Army Soldier for Life Program, which helps transition veterans into civilian life with meaningful employment. His new assignment at CCAD is an example of the value military experience brings to civilian careers. Nearly 40% of the CCAD workforce are veterans.

Sgt. Maj. Felicioni joins CCAD from Hawaii where he served as the Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. since 2014.

Symbolic of the change of command is the passing of the unit colors from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. The history, traditions and accomplishments of the organization are embodied in its colors. Historically, the colors served as the point around which soldiers of the organization rallied as they moved forward into battle. The colors have traditionally been at the side of the commander and were carried forward even when the commander fell. All others within the organization might perish, but the colors and spirit of the unit live on forever.
The ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. this Friday, 22 July 2016 at the Wings Auditorium, Building 100, on Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC) in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Media is encouraged to attend the event and capture this critical chapter of Army Aviation history. Please submit your media requests to CCAD PAO by 9 a.m., Thursday 21, 2016.

 

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.