Thursday June 21, 2012
What is it?
Warfighters have reaped the benefits of the Army's mission at Tobyhanna for 100 years. Today, more than 5,600 employees sustain a global enterprise, providing Command, Control, Communication, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) support from its home in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna's commitment to excellence, quality, productivity and cost-efficient performance has resulted in $187.1 million in savings for the American taxpayer since 2002. From direct support in Southwest Asia to its sophisticated engineering, test and repair facilities, the depot sustains the joint warfighter's C4ISR requirements, including the design, manufacture, repair and overhaul of thousands of systems and components. Tobyhanna requires 130 job skills to perform its missions, including engineers, electronics mechanics, computer specialists and industrial trade workers. The depot is the largest employer in a seven-county area, with a $4.4 billion annual economic impact.
What has the Army done?
The Army's presence at Tobyhanna can be traced to 1912, when the site was first used as a field artillery training camp. The site was also used as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, an artillery training site of West Point cadets, a tank and ambulance center during World War I, a World War II prisoner-of-war camp and a storage point for gliders used in the D-Day landings at Normandy. The Army determined it needed a permanent Signal Corps depot on the East Coast, near ports and electronics manufacturers. Tobyhanna Army Depot has served the nation for almost 60 years, opening Feb. 1, 1953.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
As the Army moves forward in the pursuit of new and enterprising technologies to support and expand the capabilities of the warfighter, Tobyhanna Army Depot's synergy of a well-trained and motivated work force, modern facilities, advanced technology and a global presence achieves Tobyhanna's vision of being "The DOD C4ISR Logistics Support Center of Choice for Warfighter Readiness and Transformation."
Why is it important to the Army?
Tobyhanna Army Depot is the Defense Department's largest, full service electronics maintenance facility, as well as the Army's Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for C4ISR. From the horse drawn guns of 1912 to the high-tech electronics of modern warfare, the Army at Tobyhanna has played a crucial role in armed forces' success for ten decades and will continue to provide the decisive edge of C4ISR capabilities today and tomorrow.
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