TOBYHANNA TWP. – Colonel Daniel Horn took command of the army depot from Tobyhanna and Staff Sgt. Major Michael J. Wiles was installed as the depot’s senior officer.
The two new leaders are now at the head of the largest industrial employer in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Col. John W. McDonald relinquished command of the depot in a change of command ceremony on June 28. Sgt. Major Shantae Gordon has also relinquished his responsibilities as the senior depot officer.
The ceremony, which culminated with the passing of the Tobyhanna flag, was chaired by Major General Mitchell Kilgo, Commanding General of the US Army Communications-Electronics Command. Depot employees, state and local government officials, and family members attended the event.
Colonel McDonald’s next posting is with the Directorate of Joint Staff Operations at the Pentagon. In his farewell remarks, he vowed never to forget his time at the Tobyhanna Army Depot.
“My posting here at Tobyhanna has been without a doubt the best and broadest I have experienced in my career,” said the Colonel. McDonald said. “I will take and share Tobyhanna’s inheritance with all who will listen.”
Horn is the 34th depot commander, joining Team Tobyhanna after a posting as a military assistant to the Defense Logistics Agency, US Central Command and US Special Operations Command forward.
Horn received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Horn also holds a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from the University of Kansas and Strategic Studies from Army War College.
As Commander, Horn will lead 3,700 employees responsible for supporting global readiness for Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems across the Department of Defense.
Wiles is the depot’s 21st sergeant major. His most recent posting was as the 3rd Infantry Division Mechanical Operations Sergeant Major at Fort Stewart, Ga. He has served in staff and management positions in military installations in the United States and abroad, including in the Republic of South Korea; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Lee, Virginia.
As a sergeant major, Wiles is the voice of the fighters who use the equipment repaired by the depot. He advises the commander on all matters relating to soldiers, civilian labor and members of their families.
In his first speech as depot commander, Colonel Horn expressed his enthusiasm for joining the Tobyhanna team.
“When I learned that commanding the Tobyhanna Army Depot was my next posting, I was delighted to lead such a skilled and dedicated workforce,” said Col. Horn, “You have a reputation strategic planning and innovation. “
Horn added that he held Tobyhanna’s mission close to his heart.
“As civilians in the military, you have what many others don’t – a sacred purpose behind your work,” Colonel Horn said. “What you do matters. You count. Like any job, there will be good days and frustrating days. But when you return home in the evening, I hope you will remember your work helping our fighters keep America safe. And I hope you will be as proud of it as I am.
Tobyhanna’s unmatched capabilities include comprehensive logistical support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and fabrication, engineering design and development, systems integration, post-production software support, l technological insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint fighters.
About 3,700 people are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the US Army Communications-Electronics Command. Based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the soldier to gain C5ISR capabilities.