By Alexandria Soller, Tobyhanna Army DepotMay 22, 2018
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa.-- "In the military, you learn the essence of people. You see so many examples of self-sacrifice and moral courage. In the rest of life, you don't get that many opportunities to be sure of your friends." -- Adam Driver, actor and Marine Corps veteran.
No matter the branch of the military, their missions and values will always unite them. A number of events in Northeastern Pennsylvania celebrating Armed Forces Day reflected just how true this notion really is. Tobyhanna Army Depot joined forces with members of the local community to host a luncheon, cake cutting ceremony, parade and job fair.
The weeklong gala kicked off with more than 500 people dining at the Armed Forces Parade Luncheon at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center. The luncheon drew active duty service members, veterans, family members and others with ties to the military. Awards to honor several veterans within the northeastern Pennsylvania community were presented at the conclusion of the luncheon. All proceeds from the luncheon funds the Scranton Armed Forces Parade, which marks the end of the celebration.
The following day, depot employees were invited to the Tobyhanna's Veteran's Council cake cutting ceremony at Café 2.
The Scranton Armed Forces Parade, like all of the other events, offered an opportunity for the local community to show their support and say thank you to service members and local veterans.
The parade, featuring military vehicles, marching bands from local high schools, Pocono Raceway, the Boy and Girl Scouts, local fire and police units and veteran organizations, started at Gino Merli Veterans Center. The procession wound its way around the city, ending at the grandstand on the Lackawanna County Courthouse square. Static displays on the courthouse square included night-vision goggles, electro-optics military equipment and numerous military vehicles. Spectators were able to climb in many of the vehicles and examine the equipment.
Part of the day's activities included a job fair hosted by Tobyhanna Army Depot. Hundreds of people stopped by to apply for a number of available positions. Depot employees were on site to review qualifications and conduct on-the-spot interviews.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna's Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C4ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.
Tobyhanna's unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters. About 3,200 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 Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 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.