Tobyhanna, PA – Wilkes-Barre resident John Parada is chief of the Field Logistics Support Directorate’s Expeditionary Division.
As chief, he supervises employees who provide field sustainment, installation and repair work on command, control, computers and communication equipment in Southwest Asia.
Prior to his current position, Parada was the Forward Repair Activity support program manager for the former Forward Repair Activity Division’s West Branch.
He began his career at Tobyhanna in April 1981.
Parada served four years in the Navy and 18 years in the Navy Reserve, retiring in 2007 as a chief petty officer. While on active duty he worked as a hull technician in Holy Loch, Scotland, aboard the USS Holland, and in Philadelphia aboard the USS Ellison. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 21 in Lakehurst, N.J., while in the reserves.
He held various staff positions, including battalion safety officer and the training staff senior enlisted and operations staff senior enlisted.
His awards and decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy “E” Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Navy Good Conduct Medal.
Parada is a 1976 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School in Wilkes-Barre.
He is a member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church. His hobbies include golf, motorcycles and home improvement.
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.
CAPTION : Wilkes-Barre resident John Parada is chief of the Field Logistics Support Directorate’s Expeditionary Division.