TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. -- Lt. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion, Army Materiel Command's (AMC) deputy commanding general, and more than 60 team members from AMC and subordinate commands conducted a Depot Assessment Visit here Dec. 4-5.

The visit included briefings on depot capabilities and business practices and is intended to highlight successful initiatives and identify areas of improvement.

John B. Nerger, executive deputy to AMC commander Gen. Dennis L. Via, offered remarks during a ceremony held Dec. 5.

"Professionalism, talent and excellence exude from all the people at Tobyhanna," said Nerger. "It makes me even more proud to be a part of the AMC team."

Nerger and McQuistion presented awards recognizing depot employees involved in AMC's 50th anniversary celebration. McQuistion also presented an award to Bob Young, electronics engineer, who was honored as the depot's first Lean Master Black Belt.

"It's important to recognize the attention and leadership necessary to maintain the Lean program," said McQuistion. "Tobyhanna is where Lean lives: it's where you come to see it work effectively."

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.