Corpus Christi Army Depot - 50 Years of Support to the WarfighterWhat is it'Celebrating its golden anniversary, April 21, 2011, Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) ensures aviation readiness through, overhaul, repair, modification, recapitalization, retrofit, testing and modernization of helicopters, engines and components for UH-60, CH-47, AH-64, and OH-58. The depot's mission is to return Army rotary wing aircraft and components to the fight with uncompromising quality, at the lowest possible cost, and in the shortest amount of time; to support the Army's accident investigation processes with subject matter expertise and reliable laboratory analysis anywhere in the world; when required, assess, evaluate, and repair forward deployed aircraft and components anywhere in the world, to include depot forward capabilities as required; and to support Active, Reserve and National Guard maintenance skill development with hands-on experience.What has the Army done'The Army Transportation Corps recognized a need to establish in-house capability for depot-level maintenance, repair and overhaul of Army aircraft. Beginning in 1961 with just 12 employees, the depot has grown to become the world's largest helicopter repair facility now employing more than 5,900 people, making up 12 percent of the local economy. From inception to the end of fiscal year (FY) 2010, CCAD has produced 167 fixed-wing aircraft, 14,315 helicopters, 97,243 engines and 1,886,503 components in support of the warfighter.What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future'As the Army moves forward in pursuit of new and enterprising technologies and as the scope of aviation assets expand the battlefront, CCAD is postured to meet the challenge for the aviation enterprise having addressed three key centers of gravity: (1) supporting ARFORGEN with efficient, cost-effective maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities-providing high-quality, efficient MRO turnaround to meet in-theater CAB demand for aircraft and components; (2) sustaining and developing core competencies to meet present MRO requirements and developing new competencies and skill sets determined by the aviation enterprise to answer future weapon system requirements; (3) ensuring life cycle readiness for aviation weapon systems implementing supply chain management processes and Enterprise Resource Planning to improve readiness, reduce cost and increase reliability across the weapon platforms and components.Why is this important to the Army'CCAD provides integral support to the Warfighter through organic depot capabilities designed to retain, at a minimum, a ready, controlled source of technical competence and resources to meet military requirements and ensure aviation readiness. Depot support for the entire aviation enterprise comes at a time when cost-effective measures are critical to giving the American Soldier back their combat power.