By Ms. Jacqueline Boucher (AMC)April 26, 2011
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, PA. - War damaged counter-measure assets started arriving at Tobyhanna Army Depot for test and repair in January. Since then, employees here have Reset hundreds of Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Vehicle Receiver/Jammers (CVRJ) to perform their wartime mission as part of a new workload.
The CVRJ systems use jamming techniques to defend against radio controlled improvised explosive devices.
Assets coming from the field undergo a mechanical inspection to check for damaged parts before electrical tests are performed using automatic test equipment. If the test equipment identifies a failure, technicians troubleshoot and try to isolate the problem.
"Employees are trained to test and do minor repairs on the equipment," said Pete Brenkosh, electronics engineer, Production Engineering Directorate's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Engineering Branch. "We replace damaged circuit cards, power supplies, amplifiers and connectors."
There are two test stations and one bench set in operation; however, as work progresses, Tobyhanna plans to install additional test equipment to meet mission requirements.
"The employees have been doing a fantastic job," said Keith Orach, the work leader who makes sure schedules are met, parts ordered and employees have what they need to do the job. Orach works in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Directorate's Electronics Warfare Systems Branch.
"Everything is moving along great and it's all because of their hard work. They're a great group."
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 Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., 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.