By jacqueline boucherJune 5, 2018
"If you are going to be a Marine then be a Marine" is a phrase that has always stuck with an active duty member of the military serving in a local U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve unit.
Cpl. Blair Blakeslee was named Tobyhanna's Warfighter of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2018 during a ceremony at the Pocono Raceway prior to Sunday's Pocono 400 race. The annual event featured activities and tributes honoring the United States Armed Forces. Blakeslee is an administrative specialist and a member of the instructor inspector staff assigned to the Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 472, Detachment A, in Wyoming. Members of the squadron provide aviation ground support to a rotary-wing component of an aviation combat element and all supporting or attached elements of the Marine Air Control Group 49, based out of New Jersey.
"Blakeslee's abilities as a Marine are that of a true warrior," said 1st Sgt. Shawn Kelly, senior enlisted advisor. "There is no task or mission that he will not accept. He continues to seek responsibility and all of his actions are above that of his peers."
The seven year veteran said all he ever wanted was to be a Marine, and attributes his success to a strong work ethic and team work.
"I've learned there are truly no limits to what a person can do if they set their mind to it," Blakeslee said. "There is a lot of satisfaction in knowing you played a part in making sure fellow Marines have everything they need to accomplish the mission."
According to Kelly, the corporal proposed and instituted several new processes to the organization's travel program. Other Marines commended Blakeslee for organizing data and creating a new tracking system, which improved reporting timeliness and accuracy. Officials also remarked that Blakeslee's attention to detail and ability to learn all aspects of his craft helped the unit earn a 100 percent rating on a recent readiness assessment.
"Blakeslee steps up to every challenge," Kelly said. "He makes every effort to become effective at all collateral duties and is relied on to complete these duties independently including Toys for Tots, funeral honors and color guard." Blakeslee participated in more than 50 events during the year.
Tobyhanna's Warfighter of the Quarter believes anything is possible with hard work and teamwork.
"I choose the Marines because I wanted to be a member of the fiercest fighting force in the world," Blakeslee said. "It was an easy decision because I get to be around great people and great Marines."
The Warfighter of the Quarter Award recognizes the bond between the depot workforce and the warfighters they support here and around the world.
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.