Col. Schröter assumes command of Tobyhanna
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. — Col. Gerhard P.R. Schröter accepted the Tobyhanna Army Depot flag and the burden of command from U.S. Army Communication-Electronics Command (CECOM) commander, Maj. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell July 12. He is the depot’s 30th commander.
The ceremony, held in front of the headquarters building, was under a blue sky, a garrison flag and was augmented by music, a color guard, a civilian honor detachment, depot Soldiers, and witnessed by about 1,500 employees.
Schröter, in his remarks, noted Tobyhanna’s reputation for “superior electronics repair, support and assistance to our nation’s Soldiers at the tip of the spear,” adding he will, “continue to uphold and shape this reputation for the future.”
Ferrell began his remarks by noting that the ceremony is a day of change “as the command sees one leader leave this critical position and another arrive to carry on.”
“We also recognize that this is a time of great change for our Army,” he said. “After 10 years of sustained combat, we look forward to shaping the characteristics and capability of our Army for 2020 and beyond.”
“I believe CECOM is well positioned,” he said. “The work performed at Tobyhanna exemplifies our commitment to excellence by ensuring the readiness of our Army’s critical C4ISR equipment.”
He praised Gibson’s leadership in this time of change, noting that he and his wife Michelle have been a great leadership team.
“But I will be the first to admit that Chuck had an advantage in the command opportunity. He had you, the work force of Tobyhanna. There is no finer work force in the defense industrial base than the men and women of this depot.”
Gibson said that the ceremony is about the work force. “As I told you on 29 July 2009 when I took command, what our nation needs it cannot buy,” he said. “It needs Soldiers and a civilian work force who consider service to their nation an affair of the heart. And that is precisely what the Soldiers and civilians on this field represent today.
“I have been humbled by the respect, gratitude and recognition bestowed personally upon me by the northeast Pennsylvania community,” he added. “All of these have happened because of the opportunity I was given by the Army to command here at Tobyhanna Army Depot.”
“I more fully appreciate what the former commanders told me about this being a great organization and how its work force is unmatched in its ability to take on a task, identify a solution and then efficiently implement that solution to the benefit of our men and women in uniform and to our nation.”
He said that he and his family will leave “with the best of memories, a great sense of pride of having the privilege to lead a great organization and an outstanding team.”
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.
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