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NEWS | May 1, 2023

Tobyhanna honors successful leader with Supervisor of the Quarter award

By Ms. Danielle E. Weinschenk

Tobyhanna Army Depot’s newest Supervisor of the Quarter was named last week at the organization’s quarterly leadership meeting.

Edward Bentler received the accolade for his leadership of the Installation Services Directorate’s Roads & Grounds Branch during the first quarter of 2023. The branch has a vast mission, shouldering responsibility for snow removal, wastewater treatment, potable water, masonry, roofing, locksmithery, grass cutting, maintenance of cargo door equipment, and emergency repairs to critical underground utilities such as water mains and sewer lines.

Supervisors of the Quarter are selected by a panel of judges based upon four criteria: accomplishment of their duties; how effectively they set an example to others; efforts to improve the depot productivity; and how they display selfless service in accordance with Army values.

Bentler was nominated for the award by William Ramey, Director of Installation Services.

“Ed leads from the front, takes on the most challenging tasks, and does so with the utmost level of professionalism,” Ramey said. “Without Ed's leadership, the most basic utilities on our installation would not work as efficiently as they do. He is a servant leader that puts the needs of his team and the installation before his own.”

The formal recognition and associated praise came as a total shock, according to Bentler.

“Being named as Supervisor of the Quarter was totally unexpected – I didn’t even know I was in the running! I am grateful and humbled to even be considered for this honor,” adding that he wishes the award could be shared.

“Any success I have had is because of my team,” he said. “We are a small team and everything we achieve, we achieve together.”

A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Bentler is no stranger to servant leadership. He served in the U.S. Air Force for six years on active duty. Bentler then remained in the Air Force Reserve for another fourteen years, deploying to Southwest Asia for the third time in 2009 – an assignment that saw Bentler missing the birth of his second child.

Since joining Team Tobyhanna, Bentler has worked as a maintenance worker, locksmith, and mason in the Roads & Grounds Branch as well as an engineering technician elsewhere in Installation Services. He sought out the leadership role in his former branch to make a difference for his teammates.

“When I decided to pursue this position, I did it because I wanted to grow the team and heighten visibility of their impact on Tobyhanna’s mission. Having worked there myself, I knew how important it was to help them understand that they are worth more than they think,” he noted.

Describing himself as a “people-first leader,” Bentler emphasized the need for supervisors to act as part of the team.

“Work alongside your team – not ‘over’ them. Train them to be empowered, share as much information with them as you can, and, most important, be accountable. Acknowledge your mistakes so they feel comfortable doing the same.”

While he has appreciated the opportunity for recognition, Bentler said it pales in comparison to seeing his team succeed.

“There’s nothing better than seeing the team celebrate when they complete a task they didn’t think they could do. I am proud to be their leader.”

The Supervisor of the Quarter award – and its companion Employee of the Quarter awards – are TOBY2035 initiatives aligned with the Invest in Our People line of effort. The plan, which has three additional focus areas, strives to position Tobyhanna for success in the coming years as the Department of Defense's premier worldwide C5ISR readiness provider.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters.

About 3,100 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, 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, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.