Rock Island Arsenal

Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony

Sep 11, 2018

About 200 people gathered on Arsenal Island Tuesday morning to mark the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. At the 9/11 memorial, they honored the  nearly 3,000 who died in New York, Washington DC, and near Shanksville Pennsylvania.

The Rock Island Arsenal is adding 160 civilian jobs. This morning, Nancy Lane, Director of the Civilian Human Resources Agency on the island, cut the ribbon in front of Building 102. These new positions will all be in human resources for the Department of Defense Education Activity, or DoDEA.

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The Secretary of the Army says the Rock Island Arsenal will help the military with readiness, modernization, and reform. Today in the Quad Cities, Mark Esper toured the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, and met with officials of the Army Sustainment Command, Joint Munitions Command, and First Army.


The Army and the Rock Island Arsenal are helping the Illinois National Guard prepare for summer training. This week on the island, soldiers from the guard loaded 200 vehicles onto railroad cars that will travel to Fort Polk in Louisiana.

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A major section of the historic Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island has been restored, making it available to the public for the first time in the home's 185-year history. Benjamin Payne reports:

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Local business leaders want state and local government to improve the economy and create a business-friendly climate.  Tuesday, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce announced its 2018 legislative priorities.  


The Rock Island Arsenal will survive and thrive if the Army gets dependable, long-term funding. That was the message Wednesday from General Gus Perna, commanding general of the Army Materiel Command.



Help for the Rock Island Arsenal is moving through Congress, and might actually be approved by the end of the year. Friday the US House approved the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, and it now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

Trees for Troops

Dec 1, 2016

Starting Thursday , free Christmas trees will be available for active duty soldiers, including the Guard and Reserve. It's an annual program sponsored by Fed-Ex, the Christmas Spirit Foundation, and the Rock Island Arsenal Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation program.

head & shoulders shot of Rock Island Interim City Manager, Randy Tweet, wearing a dark jacket and tie
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Instead of campaigning, a group of politicians in Rock Island is trying to get some work done. Tonight, aldermen will hear about whether the city should help Arsenal Island privatize its utilities. And the council may buy road salt for this winter.

Michelle O'Neill reports the military is considering the privatization of utilities at bases all over the country.