By Ms. Jacqueline Boucher (AMC)December 22, 2010
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Two employees were "surprised and honored" to receive Tobyhanna Army Depot's quarterly performance award.
Diane Zemany and Daniel Stentz were named Tobyhanna's 2010 Employees of the Quarter for the fourth quarter, junior and senior categories, respectively. Stentz is an equipment specialist assigned to the Forward Repair Activity (FRA) Regional Support Center in Meisau, Germany, and Zemany is a division-level secretary within the Information Management Directorate.
In Germany, Stentz repairs Movement Tracking System (MTS) equipment, provides technical support for MTS and installs the MTS equipment into vehicles.
"Each day, I give my full support to the warfighter," Stentz said, explaining that he also devises solutions for technical problems. "Keeping the customer happy is a challenge, but well worth it."
Stentz is also credited with manufacturing a method that lets field service representatives (FSRs) troubleshoot and work on MTS systems in a controlled environment. Other duties include training incoming FSRs for Afghanistan and providing tech support for FSRs in Korea.
"He has set the baseline for future field service representatives," said John Parada, chief of the Field Logistics Support Directorate's FRA Europe/Deployed Branch. "He goes beyond what is required to meet his position requirements." The division chief pointed out that Stentz is able to troubleshoot systems, and then impart the knowledge to others while maintaining the highest level of system competence.
The most rewarding aspect of his job, according to Stentz, is that he gets to support the warfighter, which saves lives on the battlefield. He attributes his success to hard work, determination and the best chain of command he's ever had.
Zemany loves everything about her job as secretary for the Architecture, System and Application Design Division chief. In addition, she assists the Administrative Support Division chief and fills in for the directorate's secretary when needed.
"I work for a great bunch of people, who I'm pleased to see, took the time to notice what I do every day," said Zemany, smiling. "It's an honor to be chosen for this award."
As part of her duties, Zemany answers phones, takes notes at various meetings, tracks appointments, types and proofreads staff notes, and processes travel orders. She also manages the supply account, making sure the employees have what they need to perform their jobs.
"Diane continuously sets the example by completing assignments on time and helping others to complete theirs," said Cathy Fulk, division chief. "She also looks for ways to help the organization and depot meet mission requirements."
Zemany is always on the lookout for ways to continuously improve her skills and abilities. In 2009, she earned an associate's degree in business administration. In addition, she participates in training opportunities available at the depot.
"I think the most important part of my job is keeping people informed about things that impact their jobs," Zemany said. "I love the challenge of working with so many people on so many different projects."
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.