Prepare to be blasted
Sandblaster John Dodge prepares rims for broadcast blasting in the Industrial Operations Facility. Dodge is a member of the Systems Integration and Support Directorate's Refinishing Services Division.

TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Broadcast blasting is the process of scuffing the paint or surface so new paint sticks to the rim surface.

After blasting, the rims are plated with zinc phosphate, a rust inhibitor, then painted. Last year, Industrial Operations Facility personnel were preparing 50 to 100 rims per month. The mission is part of the Recapitalization process for the AN/ASM-189 Maintenance Electronics Shop Vans, which recently earned a Shingo Bronze Medallion for improvements to repair and upgrade processes, and successful implementation of Lean techniques.

The mobile field maintenance vans provide direct support for electronics maintenance. They are one of the primary maintenance facilities for the entire Army electronics maintenance mission in combat service support units.

The vans provide facilities for testing, repair and calibration for avionics, communications, electronic, navigation, photographic and infrared systems. Four years into a Recapitalization program, which is part of Army Transformation, the depot overhauled more than 600 AN/ASM-189 Maintenance Electronic Shop Vans to A3 Recap standards, the highest level of repair. It returns systems to 'zero hours/zero miles condition' with enhanced capabilities.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest full-service Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance maintenance and logistics support facility in the Department of Defense. Employees repair, overhaul and fabricate electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network.

Tobyhanna's missions support all branches of the Armed Forces. The depot is the Army Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for Communications-Electronics, Avionics, and Missile Guidance and Control Systems and the Air Force Technology Repair Center for ground communications and electronics.

About 5,700 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., the command's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control, computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.

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