On the job at Tobyhanna Army Depot


Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa.Carbondale resident Joe Mazza, is helping to keep Tobyhanna Army Depot one of the greenest industrial facilities in the Defense Department. Here Mazza, an environmental protection specialist, examines asbestos-containing pipe insulation to ensure it’s in good condition.

Tobyhanna has earned numerous awards for its environmental, natural resource conservation and hazardous material reduction program.  Its green roof initiative has reduced heating and cooling costs while extending the life of the roofs on which vegetative roofs have been installed.

Employees in the Industrial Risk Management Directorate’s Environmental Management Division assess the depot’s impact to the environment and continuously seek process improvements to protect the environment.  They manage all facets of environmental programs such as Clean Air, Clean Drinking Water, Pest Management, Solid Waste, Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know, Energy Conservation, and Hazardous Materials.

Environmental experts here also ensure Tobyhanna stays in compliance with federal, state, local, and Army regulations by performing inspections, writing procedures, and reviewing construction projects and equipment purchases.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest full-service Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) maintenance and logistics support facility in the Department of Defense. Employees repair, overhaul and fabricate 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.  The depot is the Army Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE) for Communications-Electronics, Avionics, and Missile Guidance and Control Systems and the Air Force Technology Repair Center (TRC) for ground communications and electronics.

About 5,700 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 Life Cycle Management Command.  Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., 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.

Photo caption:  [Carbondale resident] Joe Mazza, environmental protection specialist, examines asbestos-containing pipe insulation to ensure it’s in good condition.  (Photo by Tony Medici)