TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. -- An environmental protection specialist here has been named the CECOM Employee of the Quarter in the Junior category for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013.

Neil Kresge has worked in the Industrial Risk Management Directorate's Environmental Management Division for four years. He manages Tobyhanna's Natural Resource, Cultural Resource and Pest Management programs. His assistance in implementing these programs at the depot earned him Tobyhanna's Employee of the Quarter Award in the Junior category for the first quarter, but his motivation to perform responsibilities outside his work area helped him win the CECOM award.

CECOM, the U.S. Army Communications--Electronics Command, is Tobyhanna's headquarters and is located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Division chief Nathan Edwards says Kresge is known to tackle as many tasks as needed.

"Neil can always be counted on to assume additional responsibilities for the good of the environmental division and the depot. He is a consummate professional who sets the standard in the division with his strong work ethic and dedication to the mission, Edwards said."

Edwards noted Kresge handles the responsibilities and workload of a senior program manager even though he is only a junior program manager in the division.

"He was instrumental in the funding justification and request that led to $350,000 in Army Materiel Command funding for an update to the Integrated Cultural Resources Plan," said Edwards. The natural resource survey helps ensure the success of future construction at the depot.

Kresge also provided project management for a first-of-its-kind Environmental Site Assessment for a future depot land purchase.

"This work had him involved directly with the depot legal team and Army Public Health Command in the gathering of data and for all project coordination," said Edwards.

Kresge recognizes the importance of working as part of a team and attributes his success to the support he has received along the way.

"I am most proud that I'm able to contribute to Tobyhanna's excellent environmental reputation," he said. "It's definitely a team effort and I have received great support from coworkers and supervisors. It's nice to be recognized for my job performance by CECOM. When others take notice of the work that you're doing, it helps reinforce and drive your productivity."

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 5,400 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. 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.