A soldier from the 25th Infantry Brigade Combat Team installs an AS-3900 single channel ground and airborne radio system antenna assembly on a heavy expanded mobility tactical truck A4. (Photo by Justin Eimers, February 2017)
The Tobyhanna Army Depot Housing Office manages 42 government-owned, on-post family quarters. Housing consists of three-bedroom and four-bedroom units with attached garages in townhouse and duplex styles. The waiting list usually ranges from 30 to 90 days, so be prepared to have alternate housing if you are moving to Tobyhanna. For more information on housing at Tobyhanna Army Depot, call 570-615-7970 or visit www.tobyhanna.army.mil/community/installation_housing/installation_housing.html or www.housing.army.mil/#!pg=post&sp=welcome.
Barracks rooms are available for permanent party personnel E-5 and below who receive basic allowance for housing without dependents. Rooms are in the typical 1+1 design with a shared bathroom. All individual rooms are furnished and include a refrigerator and microwave. There is also a full kitchen, a lounge area with a flat-screen TV and DVD player, a game room and an exercise room available. There are wireless and hard-wired internet services as well. For more information, call 570-615-7970 or visit www.tobyhanna.army.mil/community/installation_housing/installation_housing.html or www.housing.army.mil/#!pg=post&sp=welcome.SUPPORT SERVICES
Army Community Service
Army Community Service offers many programs and services that are designed to equip service members, DOD civilians and families with the skills, knowledge and support they need to face the challenges of military life. Whether you change duty stations, deploy, manage the family during deployment or face a new situation, ACS has a program to help you and your family adjust.
ACS programs and services include Army Family Team Building; career guidance; the Exceptional Family Member Program; financial readiness and assistance; relocation readiness; violence prevention and education; and more. For more information on ACS programs at Tobyhanna Army Depot, visit https://tobyhanna.armymwr.com/programs/army-community-service.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical and personnel services to families with special needs. Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a family member with a physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process. For information, visit https://tobyhanna.armymwr.com/programs/army-community-service.
Family Readiness Groups
Family Readiness Groups are organized to provide mutual support for a unit’s family members. Groups serve as a family support system during deployment, but they operate during periods of normal operations as well. The Army FRG website is a secure site only available to soldiers, Army civilians and their family members. The website provides family members with a valuable tool to access documents, view photos and videos, participate in forums and gain important information about the Army unit that their service member belongs to 24/7 from anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.armyfrg.org.CHILD CARE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
For a full list of youth services at Tobyhanna Army Depot, visit https://tobyhanna.armymwr.com/categories/cys-services.
Child Development Centers
The Tobyhanna CDC offers a variety of care options for children 6 weeks to 6 years of age. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is certified by the Department of Defense. Professionally trained staff adhere to health, safety and facility standards, creating a safe, nurturing environment. Children can be involved in a variety of activities based on the individual needs of each child. Fees are based on total family income. For more information, visit www.tobyhanna.army.mil/community/cys/CDC.html.
Middle School Teen Program
Tobyhanna Army Depot offers a free Middle School and Teen Program for qualified and registered youth in grade 6 and up. The program has a computer lab, certified teachers to help with homework, and partnerships with the Boys & Girls Club of America and 4-H. MST also participates in a volunteer program called America’s Promise. Youth are offered opportunities throughout the year to volunteer on the installation and in their community. Curriculum encompasses the service areas of health, wellness, life skills, character and leadership, the arts, education and career development, sports, fitness and recreation. For more information, call 570-615-6559 or visit www.tobyhanna.army.mil/community/cys/YS_MST.html.
School Age Care
The School Age Care program is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. SAC provides before- and after-school programs and full-day services during school breaks. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade may also participate in a full-day summer program. The SAC program includes a homework center, staffed with a teacher to assist the children, and a technology lab, equipped with computers with the latest in educational software and staff to assist the children with work or play. The SAC program is licensed through the DOD and the state of Pennsylvania. It is accredited by the National AfterSchool Association. Call 570-615-9013 or visit www.tobyhanna.army.mil/community/cys/SAC.html for more information.
School Liaison Program
The School Liaison Program is designed to inform and assist military and civilian families with school and transition issues while creating and sustaining partnerships between the military and civilian communities and schools. The school liaison officer is at 11 Hap Arnold Blvd. in Building 335. For more information, call 570-615-9013 or visit www.tobyhanna.army.mil/community/cys/Liaison.html.
Study Strong provides 24/7 online tutoring for Army-affiliated students. After registering online, students are connected to a tutor in an online classroom. Online classrooms use controlled chat and an interactive white board. Students can send computer files, such as essays, to the tutor for review and assistance. Educational support is available for kindergarten through 12th grade and college prep. Preparations for career transitions, writing resumes and studying for exams are available for adults.
Tutors are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors or graduate school students from across the country who have been hired by Tutor.com, the provider of the Live Homework Help program. Tutors with expertise in math (including algebra, geometry and calculus), science (including earth science, biology, chemistry and physics), social studies and English composition are available. Visit www.myarmyonesource.com/ChildYouthandSchoolServices/CYSServicesOnlineTutoring for more information.RECREATION PROGRAMS
The archery range is at 11 Hap Arnold Blvd. in Building 34. For more information on membership and fees, call 570-615-7092 or visit https://tobyhanna.armymwr.com/programs/archery.
Spend a day fishing at Barney’s Lake. Free fishing passes are available at the Mack Fitness and Recreation Center or the One Stop Shop. To receive a fishing pass, you must have a registered Pennsylvania fishing license with a trout stamp. A limited number of passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 570-615-5782 or visit https://tobyhanna.armymwr.com/programs/barneys-lake.
Fitness and Recreation Center
The Mack Fitness and Recreation Center, at 11 Hap Arnold Blvd. in Building 34, features cardio equipment; basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts; a dry sauna; tanning beds; and an aqua massager. For more information, call 570-615-7092 or visit https://tobyhanna.armymwr.com/programs/mack-fitness-and-recreation-center.
One Stop Shop
The One Stop Shop has it all — souvenirs, books, DVDs, tickets, trips and more. The shop’s library offers free books and DVDs. New-release DVDs are available for a rental fee. The souvenir shop has gifts and apparel for purchase. Tickets for amusement parks (local and regional), movie theaters, golf, local sports games and special events are also available at the shop. The shop is at 11 Hap Arnold Blvd. in Bay 3 of Building 2. For more information, call 570-615-8851 or visit https://tobyhanna.armymwr.com/programs/one-stop-shop.
Tobyhanna Villas has vacation homes for your Poconos adventures. All vacation homes include a comfortable living room with an executive desk and an iMac computer. Each has a full kitchen with a refrigerator, a stove, a microwave, plates, pans, cups and utensils. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a large, outdoor patio deck and central air conditioning. For more information, call 570-615-6343 or visit https://tobyhanna.armymwr.com/programs/tobyhanna-villas.
The Check It Out Center, at 11 Hap Arnold Blvd. in Building 34, has a variety of items for rent, including party gear, tools and more. For more information, call 570-615-7092 or visit https://tobyhanna.armymwr.com/programs/check-it-out-center.SHOPPING AND DINING
Save your hard-earned dollars by shopping for groceries at the commissary at 816 Gen. Lemnitzer St. For more information, call 570-615-7709 or go to www.commissaries.com.
Dining on the Depot
Hungry? There are three post restaurant cafeterias: the main cafeteria in Building 11; Cafe 4 in Building 4, Bay 3; and Cafe 2 in Building 2, Bay 3. Catering services are available at The Landing in Building 333 on Gen. Lemnitzer Street. For more information, call 570-615-7998 or visit www.tobyhanna.army.mil/community/mwr/mwr.html or https://tobyhanna.armymwr.com/categories/social-and-dining.
The Tobyhanna Express, in Building 334 on Hap Arnold Boulevard, is one of the three outlying branches of West Point and Fort Hamilton Exchange. Tobyhanna Express has a variety of retail merchandise, including a limited assortment of electronics, housewares, toys, food, tobacco products, and a large selection of wines and spirits. The express also has a barbershop. Call 570-615-7030 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com for more information.