Last updated: January 30. 2014 9:03AM - 2639 Views
By Bill O’Boyle boboyle@civitasmedia.com

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SCRANTON —The Tobyhanna Army Depot should know within the next two weeks whether it will be the new home of the First Marine Corps District Recruiting Headquarters.

John Rizzo, press secretary of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, said adding the new mission to Tobyhanna will further strengthen the depot’s reputation for excellence.

Casey, who was traveling with President Barack Obama to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, has sent a letter to Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, urging him to move forward with the proposal to bring a new mission to the Tobyhanna Army Depot. The First Marine Corps District Recruiting Headquarters, now located in Garden City, N.Y., is considering relocating to Tobyhanna.

“The radar repair that will come with this mission is another opportunity for Tobyhanna to showcase its highly skilled workforce,” Rizzo said. “Adding this mission to Tobyhanna increases to its importance to our military and heightens the potential for job growth.”

Casey said in his news release indications are that this move could add 100 Marines and their families to the region.

In his letter to Amos, Casey said Tobyhanna “is a first class facility that has played a central role in bolstering our national defense and military readiness for decades.” He said the Monroe County depot is the largest, full-service electronic maintenance facility in the Department of Defense and has been a center of electronics excellence for more than 60 years.

He noted the depot is located in the heart of Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Pocono Mountains, and major metropolitan areas, including Philadelphia, New York, Northern New Jersey and Harrisburg, are within a two hour drive of Tobyhanna. He also noted the five major interstate highways that converge in the region, providing access to 80 million people within an overnight drive and 80 percent of the U.S. population within two days or less.

“The region’s infrastructure helps the depot serve its customers in an effective and efficient manner,” Casey said.

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