On the job at Tobyhanna - Melissa Ankerway
June 3, 2008
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Melissa Ankerway, a painter helper, touches up the paint on an unmanned aircraft system trailer.
As a member of the Power Generator and Environmental Control Branch, Ankerway and 41 employees prepare and test thousands of mobile electric power unit and trailers to support Army units worldwide.
Mechanics are scheduled to assemble about 1,600 trailer mounted systems this year, including the PU-807A 100kw Tactical Quiet Generator-a lighter, quieter and more fuel efficient version of the old 100kw Military Standard.
Tobyhanna stores and ships the generator systems to Soldiers in the field. The systems are staged in depot warehouses and storage yards waiting assembly or transfer. To date the depot has refurbished 210 PU-807A 5-ton trailers.
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 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 now part of the Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., CECOM LCMC's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.