Tobyhanna Army Depot

In 1912, the US Army needed a new location to hold an artillery training camp. Major Charles P. Summerall took charge of the search and traveled the Northeast before finding the perfect place—Tobyhanna, PA. Throughout the following century, the location evolved from a seasonal camp to an established signal depot. Today, Tobyhanna Army Depot is proud to deliver superior logistics support to US warfighters worldwide.

During the early 20th century, Tobyhanna served as a training camp for Army troops. The area’s rocky, uncultivated terrain provided an ideal environment for weeks of rigorous labor and training. Decades later, the location served multiple purposes during World War II, including storage and support facilities for the Army Air Corps, location of an ambulance-training site and hospital, as well as a prisoner of war camp for German soldiers in early 1945. Though the Army downsized after the war, abandoning the Tobyhanna base, this departure was only temporary. On February 1, 1953, the base was officially established as a Signal Depot, beginning a new era of service that continues today.

Since its inception, the army depot has provided valuable support and services to the US military. Today, it continues its mission as a Joint C4ISR provider and is committed to delivering excellence in electronic services. The acronym C4ISR names the primary systems for which the depot provides support—Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. Publicity Affairs Officer Kristyn Smith explains that only 50 to 60 percent of the base’s workload comes from Army contracts; the rest is received from the other branches of the military. Support and services go toward current projects ongoing both within the nation and worldwide.

The Depot has an enormous impact on Northeast PA. As the largest industrial employer in the Northeast Pocono region, Tobyhanna employs about 3,800 workers, 34 percent of whom are veterans. The Depot generates an annual economic impact of $2.5 billion. Currently, over $200 million in construction efforts are underway to completely modernize the base. When the construction is completed in 2018-19, White says the Depot will truly be a state-of-the-art facility. Visit www.tobyhanna.army.mil/.– Megan Kane