By Jacqueline R. BoucherDecember 17, 2007
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - John Brennan cuts a water main prior to replacing an out-of-service fire hydrant.
As a pipe fitter, Brennan and 27 coworkers assigned to the Utilities and Grounds Division, Public Works Directorate, maintain the depot's infrastructure. Employees are responsible for the interior and exterior maintenance and repair of the depot's buildings and structures, roads and grounds, outside water distribution, including water mains and fire hydrants, and storm water and sanitary sewer systems. They are also responsible for the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant operations, including maintenance and repair of six artesian wells.
Workers use equipment ranging from laboratory chemical analyzers and small locksmith tools to 30-ton excavators and D7 bulldozers.
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 ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network. Tobyhanna's missions support all branches of the Armed Forces.
About 5,300 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the C-E LCMC. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., C-E LCMC's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.