Tobyhanna hosts Community Covenant event


Tobyhanna Army Depot, PA. Military and community leaders from Northeastern Pennsylvania, along with scores of baseball fans, signed the Army Community Covenant during a Heroes Appreciation event before the start of a Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees baseball game.

Community signers included U.S. Rep. Christopher Carney, Lackawanna County Commissioner Michael Washo, Luzerne County Commissioner Stephen Urban, and Anna Cervenak, chair of the Tobyhanna Army Depot Blue Ribbon Task Force.

Military signers were led by Col. Charles Gibson, commander of Tobyhanna Army Depot, Lt. Col. Bruce McPeak, commander of the Defense Distribution Depot Tobyhanna; Sgt.Maj. Kelvin Spencer, Tobyhanna’s senior enlisted member and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Jim Lanham.  Military family members also joined in the on-field signing prior to the start of the International League contest between the Yankees and Toledo Mud Hens.

Arriving fans also signed a covenant banner demonstrating their support for military personnel and their family members.  Other pre-game activities included military personnel taking part in the presentation of the colors, ceremonial first pitch as well as remarks by Colonel Gibson.  His remarks praised the service of all uniformed personnel, including military and emergency services personnel, and their family members. He also thanked the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania for their strong support of military personnel and their family members.  Hundreds of members of the regional military community attended the game.

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 5,600 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 by: Tony Medici