On Feb. 1, Tobyhanna Army Depot will celebrate its 60th birthday with a celebration and birthday cake.

Tobyhanna marks 60 years

— On Feb. 1, Tobyhanna Army Depot will celebrate its 60th birthday with a celebration and birthday cake.

Then known as Tobyhanna Signal Depot, the facility began its current mission on Feb. 1, 1953, following two years of construction.

Since its founding, the depot has employed many people from Wayne County and continues to do so to this day.

Today, Tobyhanna is a global enterprise, providing worldwide support from its home in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna's commitment to excellence, quality, productivity and cost-efficient performance has resulted in $187.1 million in savings for the American taxpayer since 2002.

From direct support in Southwest Asia to its sophisticated engineering, test and repair facilities, the depot sustains the joint Warfighter's communications–electronics (command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or C4ISR) requirements including the design, manufacture, repair and overhaul of thousands of systems and components.

Tobyhanna defines its C4ISR core competencies in five key areas: repair and overhaul, sustainment support, systems integration, manufacturing and expeditionary logistics.

Tobyhanna requires 130 job skills to perform its missions, including engineers, electronics mechanics, computer specialists and industrial trade workers. The depot is the largest industrial employer in a seven-county area, with a $4.4 billion annual economic impact.

Last year, Tobyhanna celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Army's arrival in 1912, when the site was first used as an artillery training camp.

The site was also used as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, artillery training of West Point cadets, a tank and ambulance center during World War I, a World War II prisoner-of-war camp and a storage point for gliders used in the D-Day landings at Normandy in 1944. In the early years, the reservation went by several names, including Camp Summerall, Camp Tobyhanna and the Tobyhanna Artillery Target Range.

The distinguished guest for the ceremony will be given by Gary Martin, deputy to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, the depot's headquarters. Remarks will also be given by depot commander Col. Gerhard Schröter. Activities planned for the celebration include a video overview of depot accomplishments and historical highlights.