TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Two Shingo medallions were presented to the depot during a ceremony on Jan. 28. The bronze Shingo medallions were awarded for dramatic improvements to the AN/TYQ--23 Tactical Air Operations Module and the AN/ASM-189 Maintenance Electronics Shop Van.

Shaun Barker, associate director of the Shingo Prize Office, presented the awards.

"All of you know, better than anyone, the amount of work and dedication that it has taken to get to this point," he said. "You also know it's a journey and it never ends; it just gets more challenging."

He expressed his confidence in Tobyhanna's work force and explained that the depot "has joined an elite group of Shingo medallion recipients."

"Creating a Lean culture ultimately creates customer value," he said, noting that the depot has experienced a Lean Six Sigma savings of $87 million, 740 lean events and a 73 percent lean participation since 2002.

"Tobyhanna has a very bright future, but only as long as we continue to build on our reputation for quality products and services," explained depot Deputy Commander Frank Zardecki. "We must sustain our Lean achievements and continue to expand Lean in all of our industrial operations and administrative areas."

There will be a conference and awards ceremony in May, when all Shingo recipients will be recognized together.

Also announced during the ceremony were the 2009 Shingo candidates: AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder, AN/TSC-154 Secure Mobile Anti-jam Reliable Tactical Terminal, and AN/ASM 146 and 147 teams.

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.