(Extensions of Remarks - June 20, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1097]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                          TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT


                           HON. LOU BARLETTA

                            of pennsylvania

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  Mr. BARLETTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the Tobyhanna Army Depot, 
which will celebrate its 100th anniversary on June 23, 2012.
  in the summer of 1912, the Army arrived in Tobyhanna, PA and 
established a temporary artillery training camp under Major Charles P. 
Summerall, Commander of the 3rd Field Artillery at Fort Myer, Virginia. 
Based on the camp's success, Congress authorized the Army to purchase 
land to create a permanent camp in 1913. Since then, it has been a 
military testing facility, a prisoner-of-war camp, and, since 1953, an 
Army facility that repairs communications equipment for all branches of 
the military.
  Today, Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest full-service electronics 
maintenance facility within the U.S. Department of Defense. With a 
regional economic impact of an estimated $4.4 billion, Tobyhanna is 
northeastern Pennsylvania's largest employer with more than 5,400 
employees. In addition, Tobyhanna Army Depot employs an additional 300 
personnel who permanently work at Forward Repair Activities and its 
presence alone creates 19,300 regional jobs.
  Mr. Speaker, for the last 100 years, the Tobyhanna Army Depot has 
proudly served the citizens of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the United 
States. Therefore, I commend the Tobyhanna Army Depot and all those 
personnel who have faithfully served their community and the country.