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Rueben Cowell (seated in truck), a logistics management specialist in Tobyhanna Army Depot’s West Software Support Section, instructs a soldier on the de-install and re-install of the Joint Capabilities Release Logistics System. (U.S. Army photo)

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A soldier from the 25th Infantry Brigade Combat Team installs an AS-3900 Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System antenna assembly on a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck A4. (U.S. Army photo)

Tobyhanna’s Joint C4ISR support stretches across the globe and can be required in a moment’s notice, as recently demonstrated by a rapid response effort to install a single channel ground and airborne radio system (SINCGARS) installation kit in more than 60 heavy expanded mobility tactical truck A4 vehicles for the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

A team of five depot technicians was called upon by Roger Moore, Communications-Electronics Command 25ID Trail Boss, to remove old SINCGARS communications kits and install new ones into the HEMTT A4 platforms, which were delivered to the unit without the kits. According to Moore, Tobyhanna was selected for the two-week mission for its subject matter expertise and ability to provide over-the-shoulder training to 25ID soldiers.

“None of the vehicles were properly equipped, leaving units to purchase kits and install them themselves. A quick and efficient turnaround was needed and Tobyhanna personnel were selected to assist as subject matter experts while training the Soldiers for future requirements,” Moore said.

Master Sgt. Susanne Bargainear said the training provided more than simply proper installation techniques and procedures.

“The Tobyhanna team left the 25ID with an organic sustainment capability to install, operate and maintain mobile (command and control) systems in expeditionary vehicles,” she said. Bargainear was the non-commissioned officer that was in charge of the fielding of the HEMTT A4s.

With a short suspense date for the mission kick-off, Tobyhanna Field Support Project Management submitted necessary paperwork and coordinated with the CECOM Integrated Logistics Support Center for the creation of a commander’s order. The order provided Tobyhanna authority to begin the mission, prior to receiving the direct funds, as the unit worked through the funding process.

Depot technicians completed the mission ahead of schedule and were able to assist the unit with equipment inventory.

“This provided much-needed quality training for our soldiers and provided commanders mission-ready load handling systems in a timely manner,” Bargainear said.

Tobyhanna Army Depot provides logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s corporate philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C4ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

About 3,200 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 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.

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