From left: Cindy Moats, LEAD Logistics Modernization Specialist, COL Stephen Ledbetter, COL Kenny Johnson, Lori Harris, MDA Project Lead, Damian Bess, Deputy to the Commander cut the ribbon during the AN/TPY-2 EEU Transition ceremony on March 13.
(Photo by: Pam Goodhart, LEAD photographer)

LEAD and MDA workforce stand before the AN/TPY-2 EEU in Building 408 – a modernization project funded by MDA.
(Photo by: Pam Goodhart, LEAD photographer)

Letterkenny Army Depot and Missile Defense Agency Modernize Through Partnership

By: Nora Zubia, Letterkenny Public Affairs Officer


Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD) and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) came together on March 13, 2019 for a ceremonial ribbon cutting signifying their first direct partnership with the Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2) Electronic Equipment Unit (EEU).


“I am glad this day has finally arrived,” said COL Ellsworth “Kenny” Johnson, Program Manager, Sensors X-Band Radars, MDA. “We’ve had a long partnership since 2015 and in that time we’ve modernized four EEU’s that have helped us defend our country.”


This will be the first EEU managed solely by the depot in its entirety – a significant program accomplishment within the partnership and the Organic Industrial Base (OIB).


The AN/TPY-2 is a critical element in the Ballistic Missile Defense System, continually searching the sky for ballistic missiles. Once a missile is detected, the AN/TPY-2 acquires and tracks it, utilizing the radar and complex computer algorithms to discriminate between the warhead and non-threats such as countermeasures.


When the AN/TPY-2 radar is deployed in terminal mode, the radar’s job is to detect, acquire, track and discriminate ballistic missiles in the terminal (descent) phase of flight. The terminal-mode AN/TPY-2 also leads the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Ballistic Missile Defense System by guiding the THAAD missile to intercept a threat.


COL Johnson recognized the LEAD workforce for helping to modernize MDA sites in four countries as well as the depots efficiencies resulting in significant savings for the program.


The building in which the ceremony took place was modernized by MDA as a testament of its commitment and partnering into the future, which will include work on component parts in addition to the current major end item workload.


“Our 76 year proud history has supported many programs,” said LEAD Commander, COL Stephen Ledbetter. “This is another extension of our proud legacy and we look forward to the expansion partnership within the MDA community.”


COL Ledbetter also noted the rapid receiving of this most recent EEU, which was transported from theater and delivered via air just 40 miles from the depot in Martinsburg, WV. “This added benefit of LEAD’s central location gets high priority equipment in and out of the shops quickly and reduces cost and time, dramatically improving repair cycle time.”


As one of the largest employers in Franklin County, Pa., LEAD covers 18,000 acres and is the premier location for maintenance of air defense and tactical missile ground support equipment used by the Department of Defense around the world. The depot continues to posture itself for the Department of Defense’s future. With modern capabilities and infrastructure to rapidly adapt to its changing business environment, the depot is leading the way for the OIB.