The United States Army | Corpus Christi Army Depot

COL Gail E. Atkins

Commander, Corpus Christi Army Depot

COL Gail E. AtkinsColonel (COL) Gail E. Atkins assumed duties as the Commander of the Corpus Christi Army Depot on July 20, 2018.

Prior to assuming command of CCAD, she worked at the Joint Staff, J-8, Pentagon, serving as the Force Support Division Chief since June 2016.

COL Atkins completed Senior Service College at the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University with a Master’s of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy.

COL Atkins served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as a battalion commander of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s Aviation Support Battalion for 30 months. There, she was responsible for the training and mission readiness of over 700 Soldiers and deployed the unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Freedom Sentinel/Resolute Support. The support battalion was the only aviation logistics element in the theater of operations and assumed responsibilities for all rotary wing readiness and aviation equipment retrograde.

Before assuming her role in Fort Bragg, COL Atkins served as a field grade aviation assignments officer at the US Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where she was responsible for the mentorship, career counseling, assignment, and mission resourcing for over 850 aviation majors.

Previous military assignments include the Commander of a helicopter detachment in Chièvres Air Base in Belgium, providing direct rotary wing support to the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe (SACEUR); Air Assault Battalion Operations Officer of a 30 aircraft assault battalion (Operation Iraqi Freedom), and as an airborne infantry brigade aviation operations officer (OIF). Her command experience also includes two company grade level commands in support of the US Army Special Operations Command and the 82nd Airborne Division, both located at Fort Bragg.

COL Atkins holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Systems Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point, a Master’s of Science in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master’s of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy.

Mission statement

  • Provide our Nation the best value for modification, repair, and overhaul of rotary wing components and aircraft to support strategic readiness of the Army. On order, repair forward-deployed aircraft and components worldwide.


  • Mission First, People Always!
  • CCAD must be postured to ensure we are synchronizing aviation assets, materiel support and enterprise resources to ensure SAFETY-QUALITY-ACCURACY in order to meet Army readiness goals.


  • CCAD is postured to meet our Nation’s future requirements in peacetime, surge during war and enable Army Readiness.


Last updated on: 10-Apr-2020