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Congressional delegation touts Tobyhanna to the Marines

February 28. 2014 11:51PM
By Andrew M. Seder

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WASHINGTON —Members of the region’s congressional delegation have sent a letter to Gen. Lori Reynolds, Commanding General, Eastern Recruiting Region for the Marines, urging her to move forward with a proposal to bring the First Marine Corps District Recruiting Headquarters to the Tobyhanna Army Depot.

The Marines are considering relocating that headquarters from Garden City, N.Y. If chosen, 100 Marines and their families would be stationed at Tobyhanna Army Depot.

The recruiting headquarters serves the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas, all of which are within driving distance of the depot.

In a letter sent today by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, and U.S. Reps. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton and Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township, the elected leaders touted the benefits of Tobyhanna, including access to major population centers, an established base with security and living quarters, and an increased number of projects the depot workers have been handling for the Marine Corps. mission.

“Since the U.S. Marine Corps is the fastest growing customer of Tobyhanna, it only makes sense to foster that relationship,” Barletta said. “I look forward to General Reynolds’ final decision in this vitally important proposal.”

Toomey touted not only the Depot but the region as a whole as a selling point for such a relocation.

“Tobyhanna would be a great home for the First Marine Corps District Recruiting Headquarters,” said Toomey. “This defense installation already has the infrastructure the Marine Corps require. Additionally, excellent housing, educational institutions, recreational opportunities and a good quality of life make Tobyhanna and Northeast Pennsylvania a great location for the 100 Marines and their families. For the Marine Corps, I can’t imagine a better facility in the nation than Tobyhanna, and I look forward to hearing from Gen. Reynolds.”

In January, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey made the same sorts of arguments in a letter he sent to Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps.

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