Army Depot Civilian Leader, Kresten Cook, Retires this Friday, January 27

by Brigitte Rox, CCAD Public Affairs

A fleet of 20 AH-64 Apache aircraft from the 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division in Fort Bliss, Texas landed at the Corpus Christi Army Depot last week to prepare for their February deployment to Europe for a nine-month rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (January 24, 2017) -- With 33 years dedicated to the Corpus Christi Army Depot, civilian leader Kresten Cook is retiring from his federal career with the Department of the Army on Friday morning, January 27, 2017.

Depot Commander, Col. Allan H. Lanceta is hosting this distinguished event in one of their hangars, where some of the United States Army’s helicopters are maintained. CCAD is located on Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas.

Kresten Cook is most recently known as the Depot’s Deputy to the Commander, CCAD’s highest civilian leadership role. Since 2011, Cook has led in this capacity, navigating the workforce through two changes of command to maintain the Army’s helicopter fleet readiness. Through his tenacity and commitment as an Army Civilian Leader, Cook modernized CCAD into an adaptable Army aviation best practices enterprise delivering mission-ready aircraft and components to Soldiers, worldwide.

Cook began his career at CCAD in 1983 as an Industrial Engineer, before advancing through several engineering, business development and production leadership positions. He paved the way for the Depot’s current success when he initiated what is now known as the Business Development Office. There, he established CCAD’s first partnerships with Original Equipment Manufacturers and its worldwide operations.

A year before assuming his role as Deputy to the Commander, he held leadership roles in Maintenance Operations, Production Control and Programs Divisions. He also served as the Acting Deputy to the Commander in 2003. His former titles include Senior Engineer, Chief of the Logistics Management Division, Chief of Corporate Performance and Director of Engineering Services.

Kresten Cook has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston and an MBA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He then graduated from the United States Army War College in 2010 with a Masters in Strategic Studies. He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Workforce, Level 3 Certified in Production, Quality and Manufacturing and Level 2 Certified in Facilities Engineering.

As an advocate of local economic and industrial growth, Cook excelled as a leader and mentor in his community. He is currently a charter member of the TAMUCC Engineering Advisory Council and a member of the South Texas Military Facilities Task Force. He was a nine-year member of the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class 18 and a member of the LCC Executive Steering Committee.


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.