Tobyhanna Army Depotby Representative Lou Barletta
Posted on 2013-02-01
in the house of representatives
Friday, February 1, 2013
Mr. BARLETTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the Tobyhanna Army Depot,
which will celebrate 60 years of service to the Warfighter on February
The Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest fill-service electronics maintenance facility in the Department of Defense and has served all branches of our Armed Forces since 1953. Today, it is a global enterprise specializing in the repair, upgrade and integration of Command, Control, Computer, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. It is a leader in the areas of automated test equipment, systems integration and downsizing of electronic systems. The Army has designated Tobyhanna as its ``Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for C4ISR and Electronics, Avionics, and Missile Guidance and Control''. The Air Force has designated Tobyhanna as its ``Technical Source of Repair for command, control, communications and intelligence systems''. Additionally, the depot has received several Shingo Medallions for Excellence in Manufacturing.
The Tobyhanna Army Depot is a crucial component of Pennsylvania's economy, having an estimated annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. It is the largest employer in Northeastern Pennsylvania, providing employment for roughly 5,800 personnel with 130 different job skills. The depot has created 19,300 jobs in the region and posts 300 personnel at ``forward repair activities'' to support our military personnel abroad. On a national scale, the depot has saved American taxpayers $187.1 million since 2002, as a result of their cost-efficient and industrious performance.
Mr. Speaker, for the last 60 years, the Tobyhanna Army Depot has acted as an important asset for our military as well as for Pennsylvania and the United States. Therefore, I commend all those personnel--military and civilian--who have faithfully served our community and our country while stationed at this important C4ISR systems center.