CORPUS CHRISTI ARMY DEPOTTHE CORNERSTONE OF ARMY AVIATION May-June 2018 www.ccad.army.mil e Depot celebrated the Armys 243rd Birthday with the traditional cake cutting ceremony performed by the Commander, Sergeant Major and the youngest and oldest Soldier at CCAD. is years observance recognized and celebrated the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI by reminding the nation that the doughboys of WWI secured our place on the world stage. e focus of attention at the ceremony was on the Armys legacy of achievement since WWI and to honor our soldiers and civilians ... our Army heroes ... each one wearing the uniform that carries on the legacy of those who came before him. Heroes who time and time again have guarded and secured our freedom with their blood and sacrices. Hooah!!CCAD Celebrates Armys 243rd Birthday Keynote speaker Lieutenant General John Riggs, U.S. Army (Retired), along with CCAD Commander, Colonel Allan Lanceta and invited guests celebrated the Armys 243rd Birthday at the Omni Bayfront Hotel, June 15. e theme was Over ere! A Celebration of Army Heroes from World War I to Present Day. Colonel Lanceta gave a brief history of the U.S. Army from its conception in 1775, with a contingent of only 595 men, to the expansive modern day force of warriors that numbers over 1 million men and women across the active duty, National Guard and Reserve Forces. In his speech, Lieutenant Riggs highlighted the triumphs and experiences of the Army Soldiers journey through the 243 year history. It was a night of jubilant celebration, but in the minds of all were the Soldiers thousands of miles away, in harms way, ghting for the freedom enjoyed by all Americans. Army Birthday Ball Honors Soldiers from WWI to the Present e Corpus Christi International Airport (CCIA) and Federal Managers Association (FMA) hosted a ceremony to commemorate the ocial hanging of CCAD banners within CCIAs ticketing area, June 14. e banners, which serve to showcase CCADs deep commitment to the community and the nation, were a project over a year in the making. Depot Commander, COL Allan Lanceta, said the banners were part of an eort to make CCAD more visible within the community, but most importantly to showcase the people who make up the depot. CCAD employees contribute a signicant amount of support directly to the community by helping meet the challenges faced by local organizations with both monetary and human resource eorts. e strong community ethic displayed by the civil servants of the U.S. Army reinforces the number one priority of the nations Army-readiness. e banners are sponsored by the local FMA Chapter 125. CCAD Banners Welcome Visitors to Corpus Christi Military Night with the Corpus Christi Hooks at Whataburger Field One of the highlights of the baseball season at any ballpark is when the military is honored. SPC Nicholas Garrett and SrA Edmaris Mateo-Garcia represented the U.S. Army, U.S. Airforce and the Corpus Christi Army Depot when they threw out the rst pitches to kick o the Hooks Annual Military Appreciation Weekend, June 21. CCAD employees lled the stands as approximatley 20 recruits took the oath to become U.S.Army Soldiers before the Corpus Christi Hooks took on the Frisco RoughRiders. Texas League history was made when Hooks player, Randy Cesar, extended his hitting streak to 38 games that ended with a 4-2 victory for the home team.
Soldier Spotlight: SPC Nicholas Garrett, Security He watched from the stadium seating above the third base dugout as approximately 20 new recruits swore to become U.S. Army Soldiers and recalled his own swearing in. He is todays Warghter. Selected in 2016 as part of the Personnel Force Innovation program to bring active duty Military Police to CCAD, SPC Nicholas Garrett is at his post by the Security Gates on cool early morning shis and on hot oppressive aernoons. is Army Soldier already has amassed a wealth of specialized knowledge and Military Police skills. With a positive disposition, posture and approach, he inuences his fellow soldiers to greater eorts. SPC Garrett competed above his peer group as a junior enlisted to become the rst Army Military Police to obtain the NASCC Patrolman Qualication. SPC Garrett vigorously enforces standards and never wavers in the execution of his duties. As you go about your day at CCAD, rest assured, that his meticulous nature and the outstanding skill set that earned him a nomination for NASCCs Blue Jacket of the Quarter (2Q FY18,) is directly improving the readiness and security of the CCAD Security Oce and NAS CC Police Department. Over a 90-day period, twenty teams and 59 individuals (179 participants total) competed in what was dubbed the Fat Loss Challenge. Results were tabulated by the CCAD Occupational Health Clinic. All participants who completed the challenge received a snazzy Commanders Fitness Challenge II gym bag at the nal weigh-in. COL Lanceta recognized competitors with the highest percentage of body fat lost. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams and individuals received administrative time-o awards. e Commanders Fitness Challenge III is coming soon! #AccepteChallengeCommanders Fitness Challenge II: Fat Loss Challenge Winners Over the next few issues, we are taking a look at the Army leader competency of communication via professional observations in an industrial military complex supporting Army rotary wing aviation and academic study on organizational communication. e road to competent communication is a road less traveled. It would be dicult to explain the entire process in a series of articles. Our intent will be to help you become aware of the communication process and begin the journey to becoming more competent in your communication style. George Bernard Shaw said, e single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. Mr. Shaws quote illustrates the misperception that just because we have verbally spoken to someone, communication has taken place. We oen nd ourselves in communication cruise control. is is where we utilize verbal, nonverbal, and written means in our attempt to communicate without fully considering the process. Next month well examine face-to-face, i.e. interpersonal skills. Blitz Your Performance Gaps with a Rapid Improvement Event Army Leader Competency: CommunicationContributed by Larry Adams, Jr., Training Advisor, and Manny Guzman, Training Specialist Rapid Improvement Event: T55 Engines OP 0040e week of May 7-11, 2018 the Oce of Continuous Improvement facilitated a Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) in the T55 Engines Assembly area. e problem was to identify high man hour overruns in Operation 0040. RIE is a just one of the tools in the Lean toolbox used by Black Belts for continuous improvement, especially one guided by actual workers on the oor and not their managers. An RIE is designed to make businesses more ecient using the fundamental Five Principles of Lean, Value, Value Stream, Flow, Pull and Perfection. e basic idea is to increase value, as measured by the customer, by reducing waste in the production process. Other tools utilized during this event were the Ishikawa Diagram (Fishbone), Process map, TIMWOOD, and TOC (eory of Constraints). Team members Lead omas Sutherland, Co-Lead Christopher Hernandez, CAMS Cynthia Gonzalez, IED Pete Gallegos, QC Paul Schwab, Precision Tools SME Patrick Collins, IED Miguel Zamorano, IED Maria Cevallos, PC Mark Espinoza. Facilitators: Ramiro Trevino Master Black Belt, Gloria Rodriquez Green Belt Steve Garza Green Belt Contributed by Ramiro Trevino, Process Improvement Specialist A blitz in football involves a defensive player charging toward a quarterback to completely destroy the intent of the play. An accelerated Lean Six Sigma (LSS) project known as a Rapid Improvement Event can help your oce or work center blitz problems by nding the root causes and implementing changes that destroy the problem and keep it from coming back. e results typically show dramatic performance improvements within days of an event not months or years aerward. RIEs are 3-5-day Lean blitzes that follow the same general roadmap that Black Belt and Green Belt projects do. RIEs involve identifying a problem and gathering data 1-2 weeks BEFORE the event starts. During the event, subject matter experts, assigned by the Project Sponsor, work together to analyze the problem and the brainstorm root cause and quick solutions. A LSS facilitator (Black/Green Belt) guides the group in using tools and techniques to solve the problem and create a plan at the end of Day 4. Day 5 involves nalizing the plan and presenting the ndings to the Sponsor or other Stakeholders. In any oce or shop oor environment, a RIE might be the short-term answer to a long-term pain. Contact the Oce of Continuous Improvement at 961-5566 to schedule your blitz today! Individual Winners: 1st-Aaron Noble, 2ndLeticia Acosta (pictured), 3rd-Dennis Campbell. 1st Place Team: (L-R) -Christina Cavazos, Crystal Figueroa, David Figueroa, Samuel Gomez, Adrian Medina, Gilbert Serrato. 2nd Place Team: (L-R) Jack East, Matt Garza, Tony Luke. Not present: Stephen Bergstrom omas Moreno, Aaron Shephard. 3rd Place Team: (L-R) Larry Adams, Manny Guzman, Marciann Young. Not present: Christopher Carson, James Kitchens, Tina Shaer. With a real shortage of seasoned foundry operators within the U.S. Army, training has quickly become an initiative highly sought aer at CCAD. ere are two foundry locations within the U.S. Army, and CCAD happens to be one such location. While utilizing specialized computer soware, such as Autocad, aircra parts that are no longer in inventory are reverse engineered Foundry operators develop blueprints to build molds and cast liqueed aluminumto create aircra skins. e training is being provided by Scott Giese of Northern Iowa University, who maintains the uniform fundamentals of foundry operations all across the training platform. Foundry Operators Get Training from Northern Iowa UniversityContributed by Bryan McMillan, Workforce Development Division LeadHeat Treat Shop: New Equipment Saves Time and Money ree new furnaces, a hardness tester and a roll former are the latest additions to the Heat Treat Shop. e newly commissioned vacuum furnaces have a user friendly display that allows technicians to easily set up and obtain valuable data during batch runs of various types of large steel parts. e process is safer and turn around time on engine parts is greatly reduced. e new Wilson Hardness Tester is used to check hardness on various steel, aluminum and T-55 engine parts. Its installation in the shop cuts down the nearly 3000 foot walk from the shop to the lab, down to 236 feet round trip. Eliminating the walk to/from the lab saves time and man hours. A smaller 24 Roll Former has been added to the shop oor. Instead of using the 12 roller that required nearly an hour of set-up to form a part, a small contoured strap was recently formed using the 24 roller cutting the process time down to 30-35 minutes. Great job, Sheet Metal Shop! Contributed by Rob Ratclie, Oce of Continuous Improvement ChiefContributed by Sherman Johnson, Chief, Directorate of Manufacturing & Processing Production
CCAD hosted 31 Kolda Elementary Star Cadets, May 22 for the nal partnership tour of the school year. Students from grades 3-5 came aboard Naval Air Station Corpus Christi to see rst hand what their parents, neighbors and partners do at CCAD. Each student had the opportunity to explore a UH-60 Black Hawk and experience a simulated pre-ight checklist procedure, complete with sounds and working headsets to communicate with other students in the cabin. e highlight of the tour was seeing a real aircra in action! CCAD Army test pilots were conducting a real time ight test so the students observed a y over of an AH-64 Apache before loading up on the buses and returning to Kolda Elementary School. Kolda Elementary School Partnership CornerZachary Kolda Elementary School 5th grade students were ocially certied as 6th graders during a ceremony with CCAD Army Test Pilot, CW3 Kylene Lewis, as the keynote speaker. Awards for Perfect Attendance, A & A/B Honor Rolls, Principals Awards and the prestigious Zachary Kolda Award were presented before the traditional hat tossing to signify their graduation. e school year wrapped up in an entertaining fashion with a school wide talent show at which CCAD volunteers served as judges. Aerwards, the student body, faculty, parents and PTA members all gathered on the campus ground for a school picnic to celebrate the end of another successful year of learning and accomplishments. e nal Reading Buddies event of the 2017-18 school year was held at Zachary Kolda Elementary School in May. Together with the CCAD Retired Ladies Group, CCAD volunteers logged in over 100 volunteer hours for the year as part of the partnership. e May group of CCAD volunteers read to the 4th grade students from a variety of books selected by the teachers and answered questions about working at the depot. CCAD representatives included Army helicopter test pilot CW3 Kylene Lewis, SGT Aaron McMurray, John De Luna from Resource Management, Public Aairs Intern Brittany Perez and CCAD Retired Ladies Group volunteer Mrs. Vickie Garcia. It is critical for users of e-cigarettes and/ or vaporizer pens to ensure that the products they purchase do not contain cannabidiol (CBD) oil, CBD in any form, or synthetic cannabinoids of any kind. e purpose of this message is to educate Army leaders and Soldiers and raise awareness of this emerging public health threat.Health reat: CBD OilIf you are impaired by prescription or over-the-counter medication, driving a motor vehicle on a Texas road is illegal. Medication use is not an acceptable defense for impaired driving, and a medicated driver can be arrested for DUI. Users are responsible for reading labels and discussing the potential eects with a medical provider before operating a motor vehicle on a Texas road.Medication Impaired Driving Fih Grade Graduation and Talent Show Five Star Cadets Tour Reading Buddies: CCAD Leaders as Readers