Tobyhanna Is Postured to Survive Possible BRAC Round, Senior Official Says

Despite Tobyhanna Army Depot’s positive track record and modern facilities, supporters of the northeast Pennsylvania facility and the region’s leaders still need to remain vigilant when it comes to preparing for a looming BRAC round, according to officials who spoke at a meeting of the Blue Ribbon Task Force last week.

Frank Zardecki, the depot’s deputy commander, said the Amy has invested $645 million in Tobyhanna’s modernization since 2006, with an additional $157 million slated to be spent on upgrades between now and 2020.

“What we have been doing with our modernization, coupled with our high efficiency ratings, we feel we are positioned well for the future,” Zardecki said, reported the Times Leader.

But other states have invested more in strengthening their installations. “Other states, like Georgia and Texas, spend millions on the campaigns to keep their bases open,” Zardecki said. “That’s not so in Pennsylvania.”

Barry Rhoads, chairman of D.C.-based governmental relations firm Cassidy & Associates, pointed out that all of the “bad military bases” have been closed. “The good bases, like Tobyhanna, remain open.”

The next BRAC round will emphasize efficiency and maximizing cost savings, Rhoads said. “And the focus will be on closures over realignment.”

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