Keep up the good work
Relocation of a Marine Corps recruiting headquarters from Long Island to the Tobyhanna Army Depot obviously would be good for Northeast Pennsylvania.
But Sen. Bob Casey's suggestion also could be a model for how the military and the broader government could save money without diminishing services in an era of deficit reduction.
The 1st Marine Corps recruiting district was first established in Boston in 1937 and it moved to Garden City, N.Y. in 1956, where it has operated ever since. It covers recruiting in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Tobyhanna is the military's principal location for maintaining and repairing electronics and communications equipment. The sprawling base in Monroe County employs more than 4,000 civilians. Though commanded by the Army, TAD's fastest growing client is the Marine Corps.
About 100 Marine families likely would relocate to the area if the recruiting headquarters were moved to Tobyhanna. They would encounter a much lower cost of living than in the New York area less than 100 miles away, and the benefits of the great outdoors in the Poconos.
But as a policy matter, the move would make good sense for the military. It would enhance efficiency by placing the recruiting operation on an active military base where the taxpayers already fund the physical plant and operations.
Such use of existing facilities should be standard as deficit reduction becomes more important. The FAA, for example, should have considered the Tobyhanna base as a location for a major new air traffic control center under its NextGen development program, as proposed by Sen. Pat Toomey.
Mr. Casey, Mr. Toomey and the congressional delegation should continue to generate ideas for the most efficient use of the state's military installations, for the good of the state economy and all U.S. taxpayers.