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Army employee mentors peers, earns accolades

Photo of an Electronics Worker inspecting a pallet of dissipaters for the AN/TPS-59 Marine Corps radar system
Electronics Worker Cynthia Spencer inspects a pallet of dissipaters for the AN/TPS-59 Marine Corps radar system at Tobyhanna Army Depot, ensuring the pallet is correct before going to the Systems Integration and Support Directorate for processing. 

Selfless service and a commitment to continuous improvement are key attributes of two depot employees recently recognized during a quarterly awards ceremony.

Electronics Worker Cynthia Spencer was named the depot’s 2013 Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter in the junior category.

Spencer has taken an “outside-the-box” approach to help her peers and complete projects successfully.

“She is one of the original concept developers of the traveler palletization process and goes out of her way to assist every branch in the smooth transition to this program,” said Joseph Lynott, chief of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Directorate’s Range Threat Systems Division. “Her contagious exuberance fosters enthusiasm in others with positive results for change.”

As an electronics worker, Spencer spends time in various ISR cost centers to train personnel and assist in setting up a database for parts processing. This practice ensures items are processed through the SIS shops efficiently and in a timely manner. Her role in the project and the recognition as an employee of the quarter bring Spencer feelings of pride and honor.

“I take pride in all of my work and this recognition means that my work ethic has not gone unnoticed,” said Spencer. “It is such an honor to receive an award with as much visibility as the Employee of the Quarter.”

Lynott praised her innovative solutions and positive dedication to completing her tasks.

“Her involvement in promoting the palletization process at all levels has reduced the amount of misidentified items and has been a successful change. Her leadership is displayed through her volunteer efforts during lunch and breaks to prepare and train employees of other cost centers,” said Lynott.

Spencer’s experiences and various duties have given her the knowledge and advice she can share with other personnel across the depot.

“Working with many different people from several departments to achieve a common goal is very gratifying, especially when there is a positive outcome,” she said. “Sometimes you will encounter disagreements so you must be adaptable and able to think and work outside your comfort zone. Always be open-minded.”

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 3,500 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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