Corpus Christi, TX-More than 700 attendees ventured into the American Bank Center here for the past two days gathering insight on the new direction Corpus Christi Army Depot is taking in reducing cost, increasing production and focusing on Warfighter needs.

Industry and military leaders across the Army aviation enterprise participated in panel and breakout discussions centering on present day aviation maintenance and future combat aviation brigade readiness during the 8th Annual Luther G. Jones Aviation Summit, Oct 12-14.

Keynote speaker, Lt. Gen. James Pillsbury, Deputy Commanding General, Army Materiel Command, remarked how important CCAD was to the fight, the "depot workforce understands how much their work affects the soldier. Their work saves lives."

He said aviation's mission is critical in to our success in Afghanistan and CCAD efforts support the mission today and well into the future.

"Col. Carlile [Col. Christopher Carlile, CCAD Commander] understands the business and is leading this depot in the right direction," he said.

This year's theme, Depot 2015: Full Spectrum Support to the Joint Fight, captured Corpus Christi Army Depot's forward thinking-a strategic vision to drive down cost through a cost-conscious culture in preparation for the future while providing world-class support to the Warfighter.

"It's about the team effort to improve the entire aviation enterprise so we can provide world-class support to our Warfighters, not only for today, but down the road," said Carlile."We can produce more at a lower cost to keep aviation readiness high while saving money for the taxpayers."

"We're looking at each program to improve efficiency and quality of each line, and will eliminate processes that don't offer a solid return on investment," he said. "Our immediate goal is to do everything possible to make CCAD a world class, high tech, modern facility with the best workers in the world."

In its eighth year and the second sponsored by the Army Aviation Assn. of America, the summit evolved from a local discussion on engine issues into an aviation enterprise-wide event. Depot artisans engaged in discussions about cutting-edge production technologies, improvements, and achievements with Warfighters, program managers, original equipment manufacturers and contractors.

Local business people attended break-out sessions about depot business and contracting with a Dept. of Defense along with workshops on how to engage with CCAD.

U.S Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz, 27th District of Texas, in his welcome said, "This depot does so much for the servicemen and women over there who are in the fight and also, does so much for this local community. Thank you for all you do."

This is the second year AAAA has sponsored the summit. Their theme, "One Team, One Fight, One Future" was the focus of this full-schedule, three-day event. Find more information about the next year's Summit or AAAA at