TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, PA. - Brig. Gen. Thomas Richardson, left, commander of Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC), passes the Defense Logistics Agency flag to Lt. Col. Gregory Rizzo, marking the activation of Defense Logistics Agency-Tobyhanna.

Rizzo is the provisional commander of the new activity. The new activity was created to implement the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decision, which moves supply, storage and distribution functions from Department of Defense maintenance activities to DLA.

At Tobyhanna, this decision has resulted in the transition of 35 depot employees to the new DLA activity here. Also taking part in the flag ceremony is DSCC's Lt. Cmdr. Jason Endress, Richardson's executive officer.

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.