Story by Jacqueline Boucher on 06/03/2019A positive attitude and focus on the future is a local Soldier's key to success.
Sgt. Christopher Utter was named Tobyhanna Army Depot's Warfighter of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2019 during a ceremony at the Pocono Raceway NASCAR event on June 2. He leads a fire team assigned to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's Company C, 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment.
The 10-year Army veteran excels at providing purpose, direction and motivation for the Soldiers assigned to his team, according to Staff Sgt. Eric Bussman, unit training noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC). Bussman describes Utter as a role model and someone who never backs down from a challenge.
"Sergeant Utter is the first to raise his hand when a task needs to be completed," Bussman said. "To hone his skills, he volunteers for training and always answers the president's or governor's call during an emergency."
As an infantry team leader, Utter is accountable for the Soldiers and equipment assigned to the team. A deployment to Kuwait gave him an opportunity to test those skills in a real-world environment. He considers helping Soldiers gain confidence in their skills as one of his "greatest achievements."
"It's my job to make sure everyone is physically and mentally healthy," Utter said, explaining that he's also in charge of training. "The Soldiers need to know how to perform day-to-day tasks, and uphold military customs and courtesies."
Throughout his career, Utter would surround himself with people who could teach him how to be a better Soldier and leader.
"I paid extra attention to details and learned as much as I could," Utter said. "Now I'm able to share those insights with junior Soldiers to bolster their careers."
The Warfighter of the Quarter Award recognizes the bond between the depot workforce and the warfighters they support here and around the world.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna's Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.
Tobyhanna's unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters.
About 4,000 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command's mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.