Military spouses representing nearly every branch of the service attended Tobyhanna Army Depot’s Military Spouse Appreciation Spa Day.

The goal of the day’s activities is to help participating spouses deal with separations, schedules and stress.

“I want to thank Nicole Nelson and the base commander for extending an invitation to the Marine spouses of India 3/14 [3rd Battalion, 14th Marines Battery I],” said Allentown resident Kimberly Hall, wife of Gunnery Sgt. Jason Hall. “An event like this is exactly what military spouses need to get through tough deployments, crazy training schedules and everyday stress that this wonderful life we live can throw at us.”

Service providers from several local businesses offered a variety of spa treatments to the 32 spouses attending the seventh annual event. Individuals from the Bon-Ton, Empire Beauty Schools, McCann School of Business and Technology, Pocono Medical Center and Geisinger Health Systems provided makeovers, facials, manicures, foot reflexology, massages, and health and wellness consults. The day concluded with a luncheon.

Spa Day, according to Gouldsboro resident Nicole Nelson, is designed to provide a respite for the spouses; even complimentary childcare is provided by the depot’s Child Youth and School Services.

Nelson, the Community Services Directorate’s Army Family Team Building program manager, dubbed the event a huge success based on the comments of several of the spouses.

Milford resident Christina Salisbury said she “relaxed away her worries.” Gouldsboro resident Sandra Doyle took part in last year’s event and said this year’s affair was an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

“This is a wonderful experience,” said Tobyhanna resident Charlene Sterner whose husband is a member of the Coast Guard Reserve. And Mary Lou O’Hara’s spoke for the group when she said, “as always, a great time.”

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 4,500 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 Communications-Electronics Command.

Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., 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.