SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – There is a new leader tonight at the region’s largest military employer.
A change of command was held Friday morning at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Monroe County.
The ceremonies which normally take place every two years are a proud part of the facility’s history.
It is a time when workers and their leaders reflect on the mission of the Tobyhanna Army Depot and the importance the facility plays in keeping our nation safe.
With a symbolic passing of a flag, Colonel Gregory Peterson handed over command to Colonel Nathan Swartz.
Colonel Swartz says his focus will be on army readiness.
“I’m here to help them succeed. I’m the Army face and I’ve got that but I’m here to make sure that we’re successful. I’m not coming in day one trying to change how things operate. This place is a legacy,” COL Nathan Swartz said.
The Tobyhanna Army Depot in the defense department’s largest facility for designing and repairing communication and electronic systems.
Their work is used around the world.
“There’s a lot going on in the world right now and we need an Army that is ready and it takes a unit like the Tobyhanna Army Depot to help keep the Army ready,” MG Randy Taylor said.
As he prepared to say goodbye, outgoing commander Gregory Peterson thanked everyone who worked with him.
“I feel like how Peyton Manning probably felt after he won the Super Bowl and it was his last game going out to retirement. It’s a wonderful feeling,” COL Gregory Peterson said.
The Tobyhanna Army Depot employs more than 3,200 people in northeastern Pennsylvania.