The Corpus Christi Army Depot held a ceremony Friday for its change of command. Colonel Gail E. Atkins, who assumed command in July 2018, passed command of the Depot to Colonel Joseph H. Parker via video teleconference, the first in CCAD history. The ceremony took place in the Joseph P. Cribbins Conference Room. Major General K. Todd Royar, Commanding General of the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) presided via video teleconference as host.
Colonel Parker most recently served as the Aviation Modernization Division Chief with the Headquarters, Department of the Army. In 2019, COL Parker graduated from the Army War College at Carlisle, PA. In 2017 and into 2018, he served as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, to include a deployment to Afghanistan. COL Parker is a native of Snyder, Texas and is a graduate of the United Military Academy at West Point.
According to a press release, as CCAD’s commander, Colonel Parker will oversee the operation of the U.S. Army’s premiere organic industrial base for worldwide helicopter maintenance support. He will assume command of more than 3,300 employees, comprised of Army civilians, contractors, and Soldiers. He will continue to foster and build relationships between military, community and original equipment manufacturers (OEM), and oversee 800 million dollars in annual revenue.