COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Tuesday morning, a time capsule was opened from more than two decades ago.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is going back in time to the year 2000.
“2000 was interesting, it was a very different time. It was pre 9/11. In some ways, maybe we were more naïve,” said Robert Katulka who is the Director of Production Engineering.
On Tuesday morning they unearthed this time capsule buried over two decades ago. It contained items like a packet of anthracite coal and an issue of the Tobyhanna Reporter.
“I think it is a great way to show appreciation to the workforce, to honor our past, take hold of where we are in the present and look forward to the future,” said incoming Deputy Commander of Tobyhanna Army Depot, Rob Lantka.
A lot has changed at the army depot since the year 2000. Incoming deputy commander Rob Lantka will be taking over for his predecessor Frank Zardecki who has worked at Tobyhanna Army Depot for 60 years. Lantka gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the mission area, showing us what they do in this $1.29 billion facility.
“In the electronics enclosure where we fix things like radio and airborne indicators that allow helicopters to fly,” said Lantka.
Eyewitness News asked Lantka how is what the deport does separate the United States military from other countries?
“We have the technology to fix out equiptment and get it back out to the warfighter to make sure its serviceable for the warfighter to win the nation’s war, so we have that capability here.”
Employees from across 11 counties come together to provide logistics support for C51SR systems across the Department of Defense. United States military deployments were at an all-time low in 1999 when the global war on terror caused a major surge in workload at Tobyhanna Army Depot ever since.
Tobyhanna Army Depot actually has a $2.9 billion economic impact on the region of NEPA and the Pocono Mountains. We employ nearly 4,000 of your friends, family and neighbors. It’s an important aspect of the area,” said Tobyhanna Army Depot Community Relations Specialist, Katie Nolan.
Also in the time capsule, a prediction letter. Today items are being buried and the capsule is being unearthed in 2040. It will include newspapers from across our area showcasing current events, a 9/11 flag honoring those who died, and a COVID-19 face mask recognizing the pandemic. Additionally, there was a gas receipt where gas was only $1.50 a gallon.
Below you can watch Danielle Weinschnek explain more in depth what was found in the time capsule.