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NEWS | June 27, 2024

Tobyhanna hosts Army senior leader, showcases cutting-edge mission and modernization efforts

By Mr. Justin Kucharski, Ms. Nicole Samsell and Ms. Danielle Weischenk

The needs of the future force were the main topic during an Army senior leader’s visit to Tobyhanna Army Depot yesterday.

Matthew Sannito, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-4, visited Tobyhanna on June 25 to witness the organization’s advanced capabilities, world-class facilities, and ongoing modernization efforts, highlighting the depot’s pivotal role providing C5ISR readiness for the joint warfighter. Sannito and the team at the Army G-4 develop, implement, and oversee Army strategy, policy, plans, and programming for logistics and sustainment.

Depot Commander Col. James L. Crocker, Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Riggs, and Chief of Staff Kristyn K. Smith hosted Sannito’s inaugural visit to Northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest regional employer.

After an overview briefing outlining the depot’s mission and business profile, Col. Crocker facilitated a comprehensive tour for Sannito, shining a spotlight on the depot’s modernized facilities and skilled workforce - all poised to meet the needs of the modern warfighter.

“The Tobyhanna Army Depot of 2024 has greatly evolved since our beginnings in 1953. Our workload profile is changing, and we are seeing immense growth in emerging missions like microelectronics, satellite communications, cable fabrication, and radars,” said Col. Crocker. “A proactive modernization strategy set us up for success today, and we will continue building towards tomorrow.”

Tobyhanna’s expansive radar campus was a focal point of the tour, which also revealed plans for a dramatic modernization in the near future. The radar campus expansion project, which will invest upwards of $60 million into depot facilities, will expand radar testing capacity as well as increase capabilities for essential equipment used by warfighters across the Department of Defense (DoD).

As the DoD’s radar center of excellence, the depot supports current DoD radars in sustainment as well as legacy systems for partner nations. Personnel in the depot’s Strategic Initiatives Office also support emerging warfighter requirements prior to and during the transition to sustainment.

The tour highlighted Tobyhanna’s innovative approach to maintenance, including the organization’s radar-centric technology center, which consolidates technological commonalities in a single workspace. Co-locating personnel by technology (instead of individual system) removes functional silos, increases skills of maintenance personnel, and heightens cross-organizational collaboration opportunities.

Challenges faced across the Army enterprise, such as supply chain management and obsolescence were also topics of discussion along the tour route. Sannito had the opportunity to see the depot’s emerging microelectronics capability; a novel facility that creates a sustainment strategy for circuit cards lacking support from the original equipment manufacturer or have long lead times. Vital military assets, such as SINCGARS radios, Harris radios, and the AN/TPQ53 will have heightened readiness - all thanks to Tobyhanna’s future-focused readiness strategy.

"This new capability can reduce the lead time for critical components from years to mere weeks," Crocker said.

Sannito emphasized the importance of bridging the communication gap between depots and decision makers.

"The value of these visits is to get people into the operations and organizations where they don’t have visibility. People advocating for resources may not have a full operational understanding to effectively articulate needs to decision makers,” said Sannito. “It’s all about readiness at the end of the day,” adding that Tobyhanna plays an important role within the DoD.

“The work you do here at Tobyhanna Army Depot drives down risk and sustains readiness.”

Crocker noted the benefits of engaging with Army officials in his remarks closing out the visit.

“Educating senior Army leaders about the vast capabilities of the depot and the challenges we face will only result in better decision making for the entire organic industrial base.”

Smith agreed.

“Tobyhanna has a dynamic, multifaceted mission, which results in increased readiness for warfighters facing a multi-domain battlefield. The support of leaders across the Army is integral to the success of not only the depot, but the DoD overall. We are thankful for engaged advocates like Mr. Sannito."

Tobyhanna’s long-range strategic plan, TOBY2035, has four focus areas: Investing in Our People, C5ISR Readiness, Shape the Future and Strategic Communications. TOBY2035 aims to posture the depot 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 3,300 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 deliver integrated C5ISR weapon systems, business systems, and medical sustainment to enable full spectrum combat operations at the point of need.