A place to stay in the Poconos
July 27, 2009
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - On July 6, Tobyhanna's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Directorate celebrated the grand opening of the Tobyhanna Villas with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Guests were invited to tour the Villas following the ceremony.
The 12 Tobyhanna Villa suites feature a separate bedroom with a queen-size bed and walk-in closet, living room with a sleeper sofa, kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, and private bathroom.
During the ceremony, depot commander Col. Ron Alberto noted that the Villas were a "Tobyhanna community effort," and commended the MWR staff on their "desire to keep making this installation better."
The Villas were prepared by MWR staff members, who tiled the kitchens and bathrooms, painted and furnished each suite.
The staff also provided the landscaping, which is environmentally friendly. The decks and benches are made from 100 percent recycled materials, as well as the mulch, which is made from shredded tires. The outdoor lighting is also energy efficient.
Future plans include construction of two recreation cabins and a registration building. Villa lodging is open to military members, retirees, family members, veterans, Department of Defense civilians and contractors.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is the Defense Department's largest center for the repair, overhaul and fabrication of a wide variety of 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.
About 5,600 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.