CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Hurricanes cannot stop the largest US Army aviation convention in South Texas from returning for its 13th year to feature the Corpus Christi Army Depot at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, October 4-5.

As the Army's premier organic industrial base for worldwide helicopter maintenance support, CCAD is regarded as the nation's "readiness insurance policy" in defense aviation.

The Luther G. Jones Army Aviation Depot Forum, hosted by the Army Aviation Association of America, gives military and industrial leaders and professionals an opportunity to discuss one of the Army's top priorities in our Nation's security: readiness.

This year's theme is "CCAD -- Readiness Insurance Policy to the Nation."

On-site registration opens at the American Bank Center Tuesday, October 3 at 2 p.m. The event kicks off on Monday with a tour of the CCAD industrial complex on Monday, Oct. 2 and a scholarship golf tournament on Tuesday. The two-day forum begins Wednesday and offers discussion panels, Q&A sessions with helicopter sustainment experts and a showroom exhibit focused on aviation maintenance and the future of combat readiness.

Panel discussions will highlight the depot's role in aviation sustainment and readiness and the latest on special operations, maintenance training, future partnerships and helicopter programs.

Wednesday's featured speakers include Texas State Representative Todd Hunter; Corpus Christi city councilwoman, Paulette Guajardo; US Army Aviation and Missile Command Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Gabram and CCAD Commander Col. Allan H. Lanceta.

The AAAA Donald F. Luce Depot Maintenance Artisan of the Year Award, honoring one who has made a significant impact in Army Aviation in depot maintenance, will be presented Wednesday morning. This year's award winner is a local aircraft mechanic leader who works on the UH-60 Black Hawk assembly line at CCAD, George M. Gonzales Jr.

On Thursday, CCAD and Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority will unveil an exclusive bus wrap depicting CCAD's commitment to the Coastal Bend as it honors Red Ribbon Week, an annual grassroots campaign where community leaders inspire children to focus on academic success and keep them safe from drugs and bullies at school.

Discover more about what's in store at the 13th Luther G. Jones Army Aviation Sustainment Forum on the AAAA Event webpage, Attendees should expect minimal to no impact from Hurricane Harvey.

Media are encouraged to attend and should contact the CCAD Public Affairs Office at their main office 361-961-0505/3627.