Employees earn accolades for pioneering ideas, actions
A maintenance mechanic and an environmental protection specialist have been named depot Employees of the Quarter.
James Kaschak secured the junior category while Tom Wildoner took the top spot in the senior category as Tobyhanna’s first Employees of the Quarter for 2013.
Kaschak has worked at the depot for eight years the last seven as a maintenance mechanic. His role in the Production Improvement and Innovation Directorate’s Industrial Modernization Division helps minimize unnecessary expenses and lengthy delays that can occur during mission modernization projects. Division Chief Steven O’Malley says Kaschak’s work reconfiguring work spaces, clearing project areas, and relocating equipment and assets sets a high mark for others to follow.
“He shows exceptional initiative, goes above and beyond his specific assignments to be helpful and if he sees something that needs to be done, he makes sure it gets done,” said O’Malley.
Kaschak’s efforts allow jobs to start on schedule and reduce the costs related to delays.
“A lot of the work he does is behind-the-scenes,” said O’Malley. “Employees transition into new work areas easier and in a timely fashion thanks to the behind-the-scenes work James does to clean up and prepare areas for renovation or construction.”
According to O’Malley, Kaschak is part of an initiative that has saved the depot nearly $300,000 in the last year.
“He has been called upon regularly to help respond to emergency incidents,” said O’Malley. He added that his involvement outside the depot has been recognized by his community several times for his actions in aiding others.
Kaschak is honored to have been named an employee of the quarter.
“Being selected for this award is an indication that my peers and supervisors appreciate what I do every day,” he said. “This award makes me realize my efforts are paying off and are exceeding the expectations of those around me.”
“Tom has set an example by going above the call of duty,” said Edwards. “He is always willing to lend a helping hand to others in support of the mission.”
Wildoner says he is driven to meet the challenges of an ever-changing environmental field.
Edwards noted the depot is positioned well to handle future environmental challenges thanks to Wildoner’s work.
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 4,500 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 Communications-Electronics Command.
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.
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