Gold Team Helps Celebrate 100 years of Army Maintenance


The Army arrived at Tobyhanna located in Pennsylvania in 1912 and a small Artillery Commander was given the assignment to find an appropriate east coast location for an artillery training camp.  During that time, the Army’s only artillery training camp east of the Mississippi River was in Wisconsin enev though most of the Army units were in the north east. After inspecting several sites a location near the rail station in Tobyhanna was deemed suitable.  The land was leased in August from Dr. George Rhoads, a prominent local resident, and directed the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery to train there. The unit remained in the Poconos until October.  That initial camp proved so successful that the Army decided to return the next summer, and to also set up a camp of instruction for militia batteries and a school for militia officers.  In the summer of 1913,the 3rd Field Artillery marched to Tobyhanna from Fort Myer, leaving Virginia on June 2 and arriving at Tobyhanna on June 18. The 3rd Field Artillery arrived three days ahead of the first of several militia units, and assisted those units in their training.  This was just the beginning for the camp as later it became a POW camp as well as a storage facility for the majority of the military’s obsolete equipment.  After the end of World War II the Army realized the camp’s potential for supply and maintenance which had led to its current function of the Military’s largest electronic maintenance facility.

Due to Tobyhanna’s exceptional history it was only fitting that the Gold Demonstration Team put on a performance celebrating the depot’s birthday.  The team did three jumps over the weekend with the first one on Friday and the next two on Saturday.  The initial jump on Friday was for the Media and was not open to the public.  On Saturday the gates were open allowing thousands to gain limited access to the compound to look at the displays and get a chance to see the Golden Knights put on a world class show. After the morning mass show the clouds started to roll in leaving limited visibility of the target area but the team still had a job to do.  The team circled at a lower altitude where it was easier to find some holes in the clouds and still managed to complete a couple passes and give the public a great show.  After each performance the team was greeted by the command team of the Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) Major General Robert Ferrell and Command Sergeant Major Kennis Dent.  The Commander and Sergeant Major thanked the team for the wonderful job they did as well as presented the Gold team with a plaque showing their appreciation.

The link below is from the local news station and features SFC Dustin Peregrin describing what the Golden Knight are about and what kind of performance the team was going to put on.  It also gives a brief history of the camp and what it has turned into.

http://wnep.com/2012/06/21/rare-open-house-at-depot/#ooid=81MmI3NTpiRE5KiAbIhlVaCadBMjAD_r

 

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