Robert Lantka serves as the deputy commander to the commanding officer of Tobyhanna Army Depot. The organic industrial base organization consists of about 3,500 personnel performing diversified logistics, communications-electronics repair, administrative and related support missions.
In this position, Lantka directs the operation and administration of the depot. He provides strategic guidance and assistance on matters pertaining to mission requirements and operating goals. He also determines resource requirements in terms of funds, facilities and personnel. The deputy commander reviews and evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of depot missions. He also identifies and resolves critical operating problems, and determines and directs special studies and management improvement reviews.
He served in the U.S. Army from 2004-2008, separating at the rank of captain. Lantka started his depot career in 2009.
Lantka graduated from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance. He also received a Master of Policy Management degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 2018.
Early in his career, Lantka held multiple leadership positions at Tobyhanna Army Depot such as a supervisory production controller, logistics management supervisor and communications security project officer.
In 2015, he was assigned as a logistics management specialist for the Sustainment Maintenance Division, Headquarters Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff G4. During that time he supported policy, programs, and processes for the Army Organic Industrial Base, as well as planning, programming, and funding for Army depot maintenance operations.
Lantka returned to Tobyhanna Army Depot in 2019 to serve as the director of field logistics support, leading hundreds of government and contract employees working in over 40 locations around the world.
A year later, he took charge of the depot’s material, supply and enterprise resource management functions as the deputy director of the Production Management Directorate. Lantka advised the director while overseeing logistics modernization program operations, capacity production in the industrial support shops, inventory management, supply operations, and material movement. He also oversaw the planning, scheduling and budgeting of forward support missions to include language labs, depot maintenance forward operations, home station mission command and control installations, and mobile depot maintenance.
Lantka was named the director of the Resource Management Directorate in 2021. In this role, he managed a multi-million dollar budget, personnel management functions, workforce training, process improvement initiatives, and the organization’s information technology infrastructure.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and numerous performance and special service awards.
In August 2020, he was recognized for 15 years of federal service.