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   Arsenal Traffic/Construction                   MWR Leisure Travel Office                      Arsenal Archive
   Building/Space Closures                        Child, Youth & School Services                 Healthbeat
   Active Duty/Reserve Zone                       Army Community (ACS)                           Notes for Veterans
   Safety Spotlight                               Employee Assistance Program                    Car Pooling Announcements
   Equal Opportunity Focus                        Education/Training Review                      Around the Q.C.
   Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR)             Defense Commissary Agency/PX

JMC Officially Welcomes New                     Army Material Command at the                    Brig. Gen. O'Connell to
Commander, Says Goodbye to                      Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. He                 symbolize the transition of
'Amazing Leader': The Joint Munitions           became commanding general for JMC               command between the
Command held a Change of Command                on Nov. 16, 2010. Last November, Brig.          outgoing and incoming
ceremony Tuesday at the Rock Island             Gen. Perna was approved by the U.S.             commander. "As the joint
Arsenal's Memorial Field to bid farewell        Senate for promoton to major general.           munition colors were
to outgoing commander Brig. Gen.                Many well-wishers attended Tuesday's            passed from Brig. Gen. Perna
Gustave F. Perna and welcome                    ceremony, including Lt. Gen. Dennis L.          to Brig. Gen. O'Connell, the history,
incoming commander Brig. Gen. Kevin             Via, who officiated the event. After a          traditions and achievements of this
G. O'Connell. Brig. Gen. Perna will             15-cannon salute, there was the                 magnificent command pass with them,
become deputy chief of staff for                traditional passing of the unit colors          from one tremendous leader to another,"
Logistics and Operations at the U.S.            from Brig. Gen. Perna to Lt. Gen. Via to        Lt. Gen. Via said. (More)
237th Army Birthday: Two hundred            (Torchbearer Issue Paper, April 2012)
and thirty-seven years ago, our Nation's    explores the Army’s three-star command
leaders established the Continental         whose core competency is sustaining the     June 2-10: National River Clean Up Week
Army, beginning a rich heritage of          operational readiness of the reserve        June 2-10: National Fishing and Boating Week
successfully defending                      component (RC) in conjunction with the      June 3-9: Great Outdoors Week
                                                                                        June 3-9: National Tire Safety Week
this great country and                      Army National Guard and Army                           th
                                                                                        June 4: 70 Anniversary Battle of Midway
her citizens. Today,                        Reserve. The Army has come to rely                     th
                                                                                        June 6: 68 Anniversary of D-Day
we celebrate the                            upon its reserve component as an            June 8: National Marina Day
continued honor,                            operational reserve to preserve hard-       June 8-11: Free Fishing Weekend (Illinois)
loyalty and bravery of                      earned expertise gained over a decade of    June 11-17: National Men's Health Week
                                                                                        June 12: 237 U.S. Merchant Marines Birthday
our Soldiers in this                        war and to be able to expand capabilities
                                                                                        June 13: National Get Outdoors Day
noble calling. Our                          rapidly if demand suddenly rises. (More)                    th
                                                                                        June 14: 237 U.S. Army Birthday
Soldiers remain Army Strong with a                                                      June 14: Flag Day
deep commitment to our core values and      Congressmen Warn Defense Cuts               June 14: World Blood Donor Day
beliefs. This 237th birthday                Could Mean Arsenal Job Losses:              June 15: 237 Army Birthday Ball
                                                                                        June 16: 237 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
commemorates America's Army –               Unless Congress acts in the next seven
Soldiers, families and civilians – who      months, a plan to shave                     June 17: Father's Day
are achieving a level of excellence that    $500 billion in                             June 17: Bunker Hill Day
is truly Army Strong. We also celebrate     defense spending                            June 18: National Summer Learning Day
our local communities for their steadfast   over the next decade                        June 18-24: National Men's Health Week
                                                                                        June 19: Juneteenth
support of our Soldiers and families. We    could cause "serious"                                  th
                                                                                        June 19: 6 Anniversary of Army Civilian Corps
are "America's Army: The Strength of        job losses at the Rock                      June 20: First Day of Summer
the Nation." (More)                         Island Arsenal, U.S.                        June 20: National Daylight Appreciation Day
                                            Rep. Bobby Schilling warned Monday.         June 20: Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day
First Army Training Mission Ensures         The Budget Control Act of 2011 will         June 23: 68 Anniversary of President
Readiness For Future Contingencies:         trigger the "sequester," or cuts, in        Roosevelt’s Signing of the Original GI Bill
                                                                                        June 23: US Coast Guard Auxiliary 73 Birthday
AUSA’s Institute of Land                    January 2013 as a result of last year's     June 23: Great American Backyard Campout
Warfare has recently                        failure of a bipartisan "supercommittee"                       th
                                                                                        June 26: U.N. 67 Birthday
released a new                              to reach consensus on ways to reduce        June 27: PTSD Awareness Day
publication. "First Army:                   the federal deficit. (More)                 June 27: National HIV Testing Day
                                                                                        July 1-7: National Clean Beaches Week
Training for Today’s                                                                                th
                                                                                        July 2: 224 Anniversary of the US Constitution
Requirements and                            Lawmakers: Defense Cuts Could               Taking Effect
Tomorrow’s                                  Hurt Arsenal: Quad-City area                July 4: Independence Day (Federal Holiday)
Contingencies"                              lawmakers warned at a forum Monday          July 7: Rock Island Arsenal 150 Celebration
night that looming defense cuts could         executives while adding new
hurt the military, including the Rock         whistleblower protections for contractor,
Island Arsenal, even as the three             although not for federal, employees. The
congressmen appearing at the event are        bill further would mirror the House
divided about how to prevent them. Rep.       version by continuing and broadening
Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., sponsored the        several benefits for civilian employees
forum at Western Illinois University’s        assigned to combat zones, as well as
riverfront campus. The forum included         certain special hiring authorities. Like
Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and Rep.          the House bill, the Senate version backs
Randy Forbes, a Virginia Republican           a 1.7 percent raise for uniformed
who chairs the Readiness Subcommittee         personnel. (More)
on the House Armed Services
Committee. (More)                             House Passes Bill That Would Block
                                              Pay Raises at Defense Dept., VA:
DoD Workforce Cuts Sought: Civilian           Developments that strike at the federal
employment at the Defense Department          workforce have been
could be cut by 5                             coming quickly
percent over five                             lately. In the past
years under the                               few days, House
DoD authorization                             Republicans
bill approved by                              proposed funding
the Senate Armed                              the nation’s student
Services                                      loan program with
Committee. DoD                                federal retirement money, the House
currently has about 764,000 civilian          approved legislation that would deny
employees, according to the Obama             proposed pay raises for more than half
administration's budget document              the government’s civilian employees,
released earlier this year. The Senate bill   and a union complained that a Pentagon
would apply a similar reduction on the        policy leaves its civilian workforce
contractor side--although expressed in        “confused and anxious.” (More)
spending terms because agencies do not
directly set the number of employees a        Long Lag-Time in Notifying TSP
contractor assigns to a task—and would        Participants of Breach, Explained:
lower the salary cap for contractor           The Federal Retirement Thrift
Investment Board and Serco Inc. took        pay. The fiscal 2013 bill does not,        to the next of kin of federal employees
more than six weeks to determine which      meaning that if it becomes law, federal    who die of injuries suffered in the line of
Thrift Savings Plan participants were       employees' pay would be frozen for a       duty or because of their status as federal
affected by the July 2011 cyberattack on    third straight year. President Obama has   workers. A memo said that specific rules
a Serco computer, compromising the          proposed a 0.5 percent pay raise. (More)   are still to come but that for the
personal information of more than                                                      meantime agencies can make such
123,000 TSP participants, a new account     Army Redefines Employee Eligibility        presentations to an employee's next of
shows. In a response to a query from        For Civilian Leader Courses: The           kin, or to other persons under certain
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, last week,     Army has redefined employee eligibility    circumstances. It's estimated that some
Greg Long, the board’s executive            for its complement                         3,000 federal employees have died in
director, provided a timeline explaining    of Civilian                                the line of duty in the last 20 years,
the lapse between early April, when         Education System                           including in terrorist attacks. The flag
Serco notified the board of the July 2011   leader development                         presentation authority does not provide
incident, and late May, when TSP            courses, as well as                        for military-style funeral honors. (More)
participants and lawmakers were             the rules for
notified. (More)                            receiving course                           Chamber of Commerce Shows Its
                                            equivalency credit                         Support For Military Community:
House Bill Would Freeze Pay For 3rd         based on previous military education       Hooah! — the expression often uttered
Year, Increase Oversight of GSA: The        and training. "We wanted to eliminate      by American Soldiers —
House Appropriations                        any confusion and establish a clearly      can mean different
subcommittee on                             progressive leader development model       things to different
financial services and                      for our civilian workforce," said Vicki    people. With the
general government on                       Brown, chief of the Army's Civilian        launch of the Quad
Wednesday is expected                       Training and Leader Development            Cities Chamber of
to approve a 2013                           Division, Army G3/5/7 Training             Commerce's "Hooah!
spending bill that                          Directorate. (More)                        Quad Cities" initiative,
contains no federal                                                                    chamber executive vice
pay raise and would                         Flag Honors for Employees                  president Paul Rumler
beef up oversight of the General            Can Begin: OPM has                         hopes it will mean the Quad-Cities
Services Administration in the wake of a    told agencies to start                     supports the military. "We are a military
spending scandal there. The financial       using authority created                    community," Mr. Rumler said. "We feel
services and general government             in a law passed last                       it's important for the Quad-Cities to talk
appropriations bill typically contains a    December allowing them                     about how we rally around our military."
provision raising federal employees'        to present American flags                  (More)
                                            Official DA Studio Photography:            14. • Present that DA3903 form to the
Flowers on the River: On behalf of the      Official DA Studio                         photographer before the passport photo
Elephant Club, a Group of Ordinary          Photography (DA,                           is taken. You will receive two 2"x2"
Men Against Domestic Violence, you          government passport and                    Passport photos. Scheduled dates for
are invited to their first annual Flowers   command photos) will be                    July will be announced in the Island
on the River event. The Flowers on the      offered at Rock Island                     Insight and on the RIA VIOS website
River Event is Thursday, June 14, at 5      Arsenal June 6 & 7.                        FAQ.
p.m., at Schweibert Park in Rock Island.    Appointments may be scheduled online
This event is a way to honor and            by submitting a DA3903 Work Request        RIA 150 T-Shirts: Rock Island Arsenal
remember all women and men who have         using the Visual Information Ordering      Sesquicentennial (150th)
died at the hands of a domestic batterer.   Site (VIOS) for these available times:     Commemorative T-Shirts may be
It should be a beautiful evening and we     Wednesday, June 6, 7 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.;     special ordered in the Rock Island
are looking to have a great turnout to      Thursday, June 7, 7 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.       Arsenal Museum gift shop. If you wish
bring awareness to domestic violence.       Click on Frequently Asked Questions        to have your shirt before July 7, the day
RIA POC: Sgt. First Class Belinda           for more information. Walk-in              of the Rock Island Arsenal 150th
Eason, Rock Island Arsenal SHARP            Appointments are not available.            Anniversary Celebration, order by June
Program Manager, (309) 782-2528.            Photographs will be taken at the Photo     15 for pickup on June 29 or 30. The gift
                                            Studio (Bldg. 56, basement, by             shop is open during museum operating
RIA 150th Anniversary Celebration           elevator). Priority is: • Active duty      hours of Tuesday – Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
Car Show: Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m. - 5     Soldier's DA photos • Official             All orders must be paid for when placed.
p.m., there will be no judging or awards    government passport photos • Official
for the car show. Just a chance for you     command photos • DA photos for Army        Military, Public Invited to Paddle on
to come out and show off your creation      Reserve and Army National Guard            the Mississippi River: Military
and chat with other like-minded             Soldiers (not on active duty). 8"x10"      personnel and their families, as well as
individuals. If you're proud of it, come    head and shoulders-command photos          the public, are invited to a
and show it off. Please fill out car show   will be printed and available digitally.   Summer of Paddling
entry form and email/fax to: Namon          Additional prints can be ordered in        2012 event on
Howell, 1 Rock Island Arsenal, Bldg         VIOS. To obtain an Official                Thursday, June 7, 1-
390, 3 FL/NE, Rock Island, IL 61299-        Government Passport Photo: • Schedule      4 p.m., at Sylvan
6500;,          a passport photo appointment at the RIA    Slough on the grounds of the Moline
fax: (309) 782-8305 (no later than          VIOS website. • Go to Transportation to    Rowing Club in Moline. Participants
June 21)                                    obtain a printed DA Form 3903, Multi-      will learn paddling techniques and have
                                            Media/Visual Information Work Order,       an opportunity to kayak or canoe in
                                            signed by the Passport Agent in Block      Sylvan Slough, a backwater area of the
Mississippi River. To register for the               keeping our blood supply stable.     races in the Quad Cities. All volunteers
event, call Jovita at (309) 794-5505                 To create awareness of this need,    will receive a special Race for the Cure
between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or email.               and to thank donors who take the     volunteer t-shirt. To volunteer go to
To learn more about this Summer of                   time to donate during the   and click on
Paddling event visit For                summer season, the Mississippi       the "volunteer today" button in the upper
more information about the Summer of                 Valley Regional Blood Center         right corner.
Paddling program, call Sue Clevenstine               will be holding a daily drawing
at (309) 794-5839 or email.                          for a $50 gas card starting          Volunteers Needed for John Deere
                                                     Monday, May 21 and running           Classic Transportation Committee:
Blood Drive: The Mississippi Valley                  through Saturday, Sept. 8. Any       July 9-15 drivers are needed for the
Regional Blood Center is                             donor who gives at Arsenal           John Deere Classic transportation
hosting a blood drive in                             Island Blood Drives May 25 -         committee for the Friday before
the Caisson Room                                     Aug. 31 will automatically be        tournament week through Monday after
(First Floor, Bldg. 60),                             entered into the daily drawing..     tournament. For more information,
on Friday, June 8, 10                         The Army encourages its employees           contact Kippy Nelson (Cell) (309) 945-
a.m. – 12 p.m. If you                         to volunteer as candidates for any of       6478 or (309) 944-6113 (website)
would like to donate at this                  the variety of medical donor
blood drive, feel free to e-mail              programs, including blood, bone             Free Tours of Locks and Dam 15: The with the time              marrow, and organ donor/transplant          U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
you'd like to schedule, or call their         programs. For additional information        Mississippi River
Donor Center at (563) 359-5401, ext.          click here.                                 Project announces
119. A 2nd shift blood drive will be held                                                 they will be offering
in the Cafeteria (Bldg. 210) beginning        Volunteer for the 2012 Race For The         free tours of Locks
at 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 24. A 3rd shift          Cure: The 2012 Komen Quad Cities            and Dam 15 starting
blood drive will be held in the Cafeteria     Race for the Cure will be held on           Memorial Day
(Bldg. 210) beginning at 2:15 a.m. on         Saturday, June 9, and we need your          weekend and running each weekend
July 13. To sign up for a blood drive         help. Volunteers are critical to the        through Labor Day. Corps of Engineers
held on either the 2nd or 3rd shift, donors   success of the race. Many hours of          Park Rangers will offer free lock and
should contact their shift supervisor.        work, a lot of energy and your talents      dam tours each Saturday and Sunday at
         Donation Has It's Rewards!           are required to ensure that the race runs   11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
        With Memorial Day, 4th of July        smoothly. Year after year, the same high    Participants must wear shoes with
        and Labor Day holidays,               quality volunteers return to provide us     enclosed toes and backs, tennis shoes
        summer can be an especially           with their expertise, which enables our     are preferred. Cameras and pictures are
        challenging time in terms of          race to be one of the best organized        not allowed on the tour but they are
allowed in the Visitor Center. Walking       joining or renewing a membership to          transfer membership without any extra
is required. Pre-registration is also        Sam's Club. Sam's Club pharmacy now          fees.
required and the group size is limited.      accepts TRICARE and Express Scripts.         Date: Wednesday, June 6
                                                                                          Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Thomson Causeway Photo Contest               Rock Island Arsenal Historical
Returns: The Annual Mississippi River        Society Meeting: The Rock Island             Esprit de Corps Toastmasters: This is
Project Photo Contest is returning for its   Arsenal Historical Society will meet at 6    the last meeting of the Toastmasters
21st year. Effective May 25 amateur          p.m., Thursday, June 7, at the home of       year, however it could be the first
photographers were eligible to submit        member Jolene Keeney, who will               meeting of your Toastmasters year.
photos in three separate categories:         conduct a tour of her Ball-Rosborough        While our 2011-2012 officers transition
Wildlife, Recreation, or Landscape.          House, 1235 11th Avenue, Moline.             to our new ones, you can transition to
Photos must be must be taken on pools        Dinner will follow at the River House        new friends, new skill with your visit to
11-16 of the Mississippi River.              Bar and Grill, 1510 River Dr., Moline.       and or joining our club. We welcome
Participants have until Friday, Aug. 24,     Time: 6 p.m. Dinner; 7 p.m., Speaker         all, prospects Island, town or
to submit photos to the Thomson Ranger                                                    contractors.
Office. If you would like more               Arsenal Attic Thrift Shop &                  Date: Wednesday, June 20
information regarding the contest,           Boutique: Thrift Shop will close June 8      Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
contact the Thomson Ranger Office at         until July 17 for Summer Break. One
(815) 259-3628.                              exception, the shop will open to             Arsenal Traffic/Construction
                                             celebrate the Arsenal 150th Anniversary
St. Alban's Trivia: St. Alban's Trivia       on July 7. After that, we reopen for our
celebrates its 4th year of summer trivia.    new season at 9 a.m. on July 17. Add         
Come play with as at 7 p.m., June 9,         these dates to your calendar. See you        Various Weekend Closures -
teams of up to 8, $10 per person.            then. POC: (309) 782-6977.                   Government Bridge - June 8-Aug. 5:
winnings, door prizes, 50-50 raffle. 3510                                                 The Government Bridge will be closed
W. Central Park, Davenport. BYOB and         Esprit de Corps Toastmasters:                on the weekends listed below for
snacks. Goodies for sale. Reservations:      Summer is almost upon us, kids getting       touchup painting and maintenance.
George Eaton,,              out of school. For parents of high school    Commuters should also expect
(563) 359-5975.                              grads, how about a parent child activity     Intermittent Lane Closures during "non-
                                             of joining Toastmasters together? Give       peak" traffic hours (8:30 a.m. to 2:15
Sam's Club Item of Workforce                 the student a head start of leadership and   p.m.) occasionally throughout the
Interest: Sam's Club is offering a $15       speaking skills needed in college and        workweek over the course of the closure
gift certificate to active and retired       boost your own as well. The student can      period. Flagmen will be present at all
military, veterans and their spouses for                                                  times to direct traffic. Entry/exit to and
                                                                                          from the Rock Island Arsenal will
remain available 24/7 via the Moline         Davenport River Drive Closure: On
and Rock Island gates. • The Davenport       Tuesday, May 29, Davenport Public            Active Duty/Reserve Zone
Gate will be closed Friday afternoons        Works closed River Drive from Iowa
during the designed Weekend Closure          Street to Oneida Ave to begin
period(s). Traffic control devices will be   underground utility improvements and
placed along Rodman Avenue to direct         re-surfacing. This is Phase I of a three
                                                                                          Armed Forces Voters Week June 27 -
those traveling West to turn onto Sylvan     Phase project. Phase I will close River      July 1: Voters Week is designed to
Drive to exit the Island via the Rock        Drive until mid to late July. Phase II       create voting awareness and to motivate
Island Gate. • Signs and barricades will     and III are not expected to close the road   absentee voters to participate in the
also be positioned at the ends of the        completely. We expect to have one lane       general election. Voter Assistance
bridge during intermittent lane closures     open in each direction. Those phases         activities will be held at Heritage Hall,
to direct bicyclists and pedestrians         will not start until Phase I is complete.    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. by Voting
transiting between Iowa and Illinois to      Overall, River Drive is not going to be a    Assistance Officers from First Army,
the "designated walkway." These entry        commute of choice for several months         Army Sustainment Command and RIA
points will be completely barricaded         and detours will be in place.                Garrison. The goal is to publicize the
during the designated weekend closures                                                    importance of early action and planning
when the swing span is placed in the         Repairs to Lot OG, Bldg. 67, Fitness         well in advance of election deadlines by
"open to navigation" position to allow       Center, Parking Lot, Are Underway:           the absentee voter to obtain a ballot for
painting and maintenance work to be          The IJO includes storm drain work,           the general election. For further
preformed. Weekend Bridge Closure            sidewalk work, new concrete curb and         information contact: Lafayette Ausborn,
Schedule: June 8, beginning at noon          gutter, asphalt repaving and landscaping.    (309) 782-4799 or Sgt. Maj. Karen
through Sunday; June 10, at midnight         The project is scheduled to be completed     Kelly, (309) 782-9261.
Friday; June 22, beginning at noon           by July 1. The proposed schedule is
through Sunday, June 24, at midnight         weather dependent. When completed,
                                                                                          Report: DoD Benefits Database Rife
Friday; June 29, beginning at noon           spaces in this lot will be designated        With Errors: The Senate Armed
through Sunday, July 1, at midnight.         handicapped parking to better satisfy        Services Committee wants quick action
"Backup" (Inclement Weather)                 accessibility requirements. POC: Joe         to improve the accuracy of the Defense
Weekend Closure(s): Friday, July 20,         Gumpert, (309) 782-1389.                     Enrollment Eligibility and Reporting
beginning at noon through Sunday, July                                                    System, both to correct mistakes about
22, at midnight Friday; Aug. 3,              Building/Space Closures                      beneficiaries qualified to receive health
beginning at noon through Sunday, Aug.                                                    care and other benefits, and to weed out
5, at midnight.                                                                           those who are not eligible. In a report
                                             There are no building/space closure          filed Monday about the pending 2013
                                             announcements at this time.                  defense authorization bill, the committee
is calling for a swift response to an April                                                recently amended legislation that
2012 report by the Defense Department         Pentagon Orders Military Gear                expands the Armys authority to separate
inspector general that found 200,000          Crackdown After Arizona Issues: The          Regular Army Enlisted Soldiers prior to
discrepancies in DEERS, and 2,495             federal agency overseeing the                their contractual Expiration Term of
instances in which Tricare health             distribution of surplus military gear to     Service (ETS), from three months to one
benefits were used by ineligible people.      police agencies has launched a               year. With this expanded authority, the
The erroneously paid health care              nationwide effort to reform the program      Army can address unit readiness by
benefits totaled $11.2 million, according     in the aftermath of an Arizona Republic      stabilizing enlisted Soldiers in deploying
to the Senate committee report. (More)        report on apparent abuses at the Pinal       units at least six months prior to
                                              County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office. Tim         deployment. The current and expanded
Policy Change Strips Unit                     Hoyle, a spokesman for the Defense           program apply to Soldiers with more
Commanders of Deciding How to                 Logistics Agency, said new policies are      than three years of active service but
Handle Reported Rapes: A policy               being developed and a new accounting         less than six years total service, assigned
change that strips unit commanders of         system will be employed to keep track        to deploying units who are scheduled to
the authority to decide how to handle         of gear that law-enforcement agencies        ETS within six months of Latest Arrival
reported rapes marks a significant            are able to requisition free. (More)         Date (LAD), have elected not to reenlist
departure from military tradition and,                                                     or extend, and therefore have
advocates say, could mean more justice        Obama Announces Military-to-                 insufficient time remaining before ETS
for victims. Beginning June 28,               Civilian Skills Certification Program:       to deploy with their units. The Army
company and battalion commanders will         President Barack Obama today                 will not move immediately to a one year
no longer have disposition authority for      announced a new presidential initiative      early separation. Instead the Army will
reported rapes, sexual assaults and           aimed at preparing service members for       phase implementation, based on the
sodomy, according to the Department of        civilian employment. Obama provided          deploying units LAD. (More)
Defense. Instead, senior commanders —         details about the military-to-civilian
at the level of brigade commander or          certification program during his visit to    Military Families to Get Free
Navy captain — will make the call on          a Honeywell International Inc. plant in      National Parks Pass: Active-duty
how to proceed. The senior officers will      Golden Valley, Minn. Defense                 military personnel and their dependents
decide what initial action is appropriate,    contractor Honeywell reportedly has          will soon be able to enter every national
“to include whether further action is         hired hundreds of military veterans at its   park for free as part of an effort to thank
warranted and if the issue should be          plants and facilities since early 2011.      service members and their families for
resolved by court-martial, non-judicial       (More)                                       the sacrifices they make, the Interior
punishment or adverse administrative                                                       Department announced. An annual pass
action,” according to the new policy.         Army Enlisted Involuntary Early              will be made available to members of
(More)                                        Separation Program: Congress                 the military free of charge. The
America, the Beautiful National Parks      appearances by Sergeant Major of the         throughout the summer, to teach the
and Federal Recreation Lands Annual        Army Raymond F. Chandler III - will be       public about safe barbecuing techniques.
Pass ordinarily costs $80. It provides     released weekly during June via the U.S.     (More)
access to more than 2,000 national         Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
parks, wildlife refuges and other public   website. Each weeks materials will           Motorcycle Safety Course: The USAG
lands. (More)                              focus on a different aspect of safety in     Safety Office will be sponsoring
                                           the Army, beginning with civilian injury     upcoming Motorcycle Rider Courses.
Safety Spotlight                           prevention, followed by ground               This cycle rider safety training program
                                           operations, aviation operations and          will be certified by the Motorcycle
                                           driving. All products will be available      Safety Foundation. The courses are
                                          for electronic download by individual        designed to help riders manage their risk
National Safety Month: National            users, who may then reproduce or             and increase their skills through riding
Safety Month, sponsored by the             broadcast the information as required to     and classroom instruction. Per DODI
nonprofit                                  meet their units needs. (More)               6055.4, DoD Traffic Safety Program,
National                                   (ArmyLive)                                   military personnel who operate
Safety Council                                                                          motorcycles must be appropriately
and observed                               Planning a Summer Cookout? Be                licensed to operate on public highways
each June,                                 Sure to ‘Grill it Safe’: Summertime          and must have successfully completed
offers Army                                means everyone gets a chance to relax.       an approved rider or operator safety
leaders a prime                            Families get to spend quality time           course meeting the MSF-based State-
opportunity to                             together on the beach or in the pool, at a   approved curriculum. Any Soldier
energize their                             picnic or a backyard barbeque during the     operating a motorcycle on the Rock
accident                                   summer months. It’s a carefree existence     Island Arsenal must be in possession of
prevention                                 for the most part, but if you’re grilling    an MSF card when they ride to verify
efforts and                                this summer, the U.S. Department of          completion of required training. The
engage with their Soldiers on safety.      Agriculture’s Food Safety and                next one-day Experienced Rider Courses
The annual event is endorsed and           Inspection Service wants to remind you       are scheduled to be conducted on July
recognized as an official Army             to be safe. This year, the FSIS is           17, 18 or 19. Registration for all courses
observance by senior Army leadership.      partnering with two Army chefs, known        is through the web-based AIRS system
In accordance with senior leader           as the “Grill Sergeants,” to help educate    at
guidance, the USACR/Safety Center is       the public about food safety, especially     For further information, please contact
launching an Army wide campaign June       during the summer grilling season. The       Michael Chaplin, IMRI-SO, at (309)
1 to mark National Safety Month. Media     Pentagon Channel will be airing a            782-2314/1380, or Nancy Carlson,
products including feature articles,       program called “Grill It Safe”               IMRI-SO, at (309) 782-2309.
posters and informational videos - with
                                          available on the ODMEO resource              Location for the Island Oasis Grill
EEO                                       webpage. (More)                              During Inclement Weather: Still
                                                                                       haven't tried the new Island Oasis Café
                                          MWR                                          located in the Fitness Center? Well there
                                                                                      is no better time than right now because
National Caribbean-American                                                            we have fine tuned our hours of
Heritage Month: ✂ "As we reflect on                                                    operation to better serve you. Stop in for
the myriad ways                                                                        a quick breakfast sandwich, omelet or
                                          Morale, Welfare & Recreation
Caribbean                                 (MWR): Visit the MWR website at              breakfast burrito 6:30-9 a.m., or try one
Americans have                   for information on all        of our fresh made deli sandwiches,
shaped our                                MWR programs. Also click here to             salad, or bowl of delicious homemade
country, we join in                       become a fan on Facebook and stay up         soup during the hours of 11 a.m. to 1
commemorating                             to date on all the great MWR offerings       p.m. As the weather is getting nicer, we
the 50th                                  here at the Arsenal.                         will run this food operation out of the
anniversaries of                                                                       Fitness Center during inclement weather
independence in Jamaica and Trinidad      Outdoor Grill 350: The Grill in front of     and look for us outside at the grill when
and Tobago, and we reaffirm the bonds     Bldg. 350 will be open on Mondays and        the weather is nice. (Full Menu)
of friendship we share with our           Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,
Caribbean neighbors. This month, let us   effective Wednesday, June 6, weather         MWR Army Wide Arts and Crafts
celebrate the essence of the Nation we    permitting.                                  Contest: Calling all artists. Get your
all love -- an America where so many of                                                artistic works ready for this year's Arts
our ancestors have come from                                                           and Crafts Contest. The submission
                                          Weekend Bar Operations in the
somewhere else; a society that has been   Mixed Grill Have Resumed: Weekend            period is May 1 - June 30. There are
enriched by cultures from around the      golf warriors have no fear, the bar in the   new and exciting categories for this
world." - President Barack Obama          mixed grill at the Arsenal Island Golf       year's contest including: ceramics,
(More)                                    Course clubhouse have resumed                drawings, fibers and textiles, glass,
                                          weekend operations effective May 19.         metals and jewelry, paintings, mixed
DMEO: Diversity Management and            Stop in for a refreshing beverage and a      media, wood, and digital art. Full
Equal Opportunity - Resources:            light snack (hot dogs, brats, chips,         contest rules and descriptions can be
Dozens of background and policy           popcorn, etc.) after a hot round of golf.    found HERE or call the local point of
documents stemming from the               The bar will be open from 11 a.m.            contact at (309) 782-1230 for more info.
congressionally-mandated Military         - 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
Leadership Diversity Council are now      throughout the summer golf season.           ITR
                                           Change in Outdoor Recreation                 flashlights, guests are invited to search
Office Hours: Monday through Friday,        Entrance: Effective May 9, patrons may       this beautiful building for evidence of
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bldg. 60. The office is    enter Outdoor Recreation through the         the paranormal. The dates planned for
closed for lunch from 10:30–11 a.m.,        warehouse door on the Southside of           2012 are: June 21, July 13, Aug. 17,
(309) 782-5890. (email) (website)           Bldg. 333. The North door will be            Oct. 1, Oct. 13, and Oct. 31. Cost is
                                            closed. This is to speed up the process of   $45/person and reservations are strongly
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey           customers picking up and returning           recommended as these fill up fast. Call
Circus: The circus is coming to the         equipment during the summer months.          (309) 793-1601 for more info and to
iWireless Center Labor Day weekend.         For more info please call (309) 782-         reserve your spots. (Flyer)
Leisure Travel has discounted tickets on    8630.
sale now. Adults tickets are $16 and                                                     Taste of Chicago Bus Trip: Join the
children under 12 are $12. We have          Free Camping for Active Duty                 Leisure Travel Office on their bus trip to
different times and dates of shows.         Military: The Corps of Engineers are         the Taste of Chicago to enjoy the sights,
Date: Saturday, Sept. 1.                    offering free camping for active duty        sounds, and food of the Windy City.
                                            military at Fisherman's Corner, Grant        Cost is $39/person (transportation only).
Noah's Ark Waterpark: Wisconsin             River, Thompson Causeway, Shady              For more information, please call 309-
Dells America's largest water park, with    Creek and Clark's Ferry Campgrounds.         782-5890.
49 water slides and dozens of other         Complete information is listed in the        Date: Saturday, July 14
various attractions. Leisure Travel has     "Along the River" brochure. You may
discounted one-day admission tickets for    pick up a copy at Outdoor Recreation or      Downtown Chicago Shopping Bus
$30.                                        the Mississippi River Visitor Center at      Trip: Join MWR for a fun day of
                                            Locks and Dam 15.                            shopping on Michigan Ave. and the
Community Recreation Division's Fee                                                      magnificent mile in beautiful downtown
Increases: Due to rising costs and          Ghost Hunters' Dinners at Historic           Chicago. Price is $39/person and
extreme budget constraints, it is           Quarters One: The ever-popular Ghost         includes transportation only. Call (309)
necessary that fee increases be initiated   Hunters' Dinners are back                    782-5890 for more info and to sign up.
with an implementation date of May 30.      for 2012. Enjoy a                            Date: Saturday, July 28
User fees have been increased for the       gourmet meal at the
Fitness Center, Outdoor Recreation          Clubhouse followed by a                      Six Flags Great America: Leisure
Center, and Auto Skills Facility. Your      presentation by the Rock                     Travel has 2012 Six Flags Great
continued support of our Quality of Life    Island Paranormal                            America one-day general admission
programs at RIA is appreciated. Thank       Society on the haunted                       tickets now in stock. Two big parks for
you.                                        history of Historic Quarters One. After      one low price; all the thrills your nerves
                                            the presentation, armed only with            can handle with 14 roller coasters … 20
acres with 30 waterslides. Discounted     Travel Office will be making a bus trip       Missoula Children's Theater to Bring
tickets are $48, children under two are   to Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago,               Theater to Arsenal Island: The
free.                                     Saturday, June 16. Cost in only               Missoula Children's Theater will be
                                          $39/person (transportation only). Please      coordinating the play "A Secret Garden"
Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Chicago Cubs      call (309) 782-5890 for more                  at Rock Island Arsenal June 25-30.
will be taking on the                     information. (Flyer)                          Local military and military connected
defending World Series                                                                  children who have completed K-age 18
Champion St. Louis                        Warrens Wisconsin Cranberry                   are eligible to audition to be in the play
Cardinals at Busch                        Festival: This festival features more         or be an assistant director. Although not
Stadium. The bus will                     than three miles of shopping and more         all parts will rehearse all day, in order to
depart at 8 a.m. from the                 than 1,300 booths. Arts & crafts, flea        be in the play the children must be
COL Davenport                             market, antiques and the farmers market.      available for rehearsals at various times
Pavilion area. Seats                      Seats are $72 (includes Marsh tour) on        between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday
on sale now for $104                      sale until Sept. 1.                           through Friday, and all day Saturday
per person.                               Date: Saturday, Sept. 29                      that week (they cannot miss a rehearsal).
Date: Saturday, July 21                                                                 For questions about this opportunity you
Time: 3:05 p.m. (game                     Heartland Jam: More than half of the          may contact Child, Youth & School
time)                                     national acts are in place for the first      Services at (309) 782-2165 or email.
                                          Heartland Jam country music festival,         Sign up ends soon and spaces are
LA Angels vs. Chicago                     July 20-21. We have discounted ticket         limited.
White Sox: Let us provide                 available for 1 day at $34 and two days
the transportation to and                 for $49. Limited amount of tickets.           Illinois Operation: Military Kids June
from the game at Chicago's                                                              Camp: OMK Camp, June 10-15, at
U.S. Cellular Field on a                  Need a Vacation?: Do you need help            Camp Wartburg in Waterloo, Iowa.
charter bus. This will be                 planning your vacation - let the leisure      Children ages 9-16 with a parent in the
an evening game. Cost per                 travel staff help turn your vacation into a   military who are looking for a camp that
person is $86. For more                   dream vacation. Stop by or call our           combines the great outdoors, fun camp
information please contact                office at (309) 782-5890. Let us do the       experiences, and the camaraderie of
LTO at (309) 782-5890.                    work.                                         other military youth are invited to
Date: Saturday, Aug. 4                                                                  register for this OMK Camp we are
Time: 6:10 p.m.                           CYSS                                          hosting near Waterloo, Ill. (Register
                                                                                        Online) (POC: Lorna Wilson)
Lincoln Park Zoo Bus Trip: Lions and
tigers and bears, oh my! The Leisure      
Illinois Operation: Military Kids July     The new location for the EAP/ASAP           complete a simple online questionnaire.
Camp: Camp & Canoe the Current             is Bldg. 56, 1st floor, East.               You will receive immediate, customized
River Adventure, July 15-20, for teens                                                 feedback as well as the opportunity to
14-18 years. This adventure begins and     Anonymous Online Mental Health              schedule an appointment for further
ends at Camp Wartburg in Waterloo, Ill.    Screening – June 2012: If you are like      evaluation if necessary.
(Register Online) (POC: Lorna Wilson)      many men, you may drink alcohol
                                           occasionally. Or, like others, you may      Relocation of EAP, ASAP: The
acs                                        drink moderate amounts of alcohol on a      Employee Assistance Program/Army
                                           regular basis. But did you know that        Substance Abuse
                                           drinking more than the moderate levels -    Program relocated to
                                           even occasionally- may put you at risk      Bldg. 56, 1st floor,
                                           for serious health problems? Although       East. The EAP/ASAP
ACS is located
                                           alcohol affects everyone differently,       office provides short-
in Bldg. 110, 1st
                                           excessive drinking can negatively affect    term counseling and
floor SE; Visit
                                           a man's health regardless of age, race,     referral services for
our ACS website or phone (309) 782-
                                           marital status, income level, profession,   individuals, families, and couples.
0829. Call ahead for special
                                           or lifestyle. Common medical problems       Master's level counselors provide free,
accommodations when attending ACS
                                           that can be caused by excessive drinking    confidential assistance. Services can be
classes. Find us on Facebook click
                                           include heart disease, arthritis, liver     accessed by calling (309) 782-4357. To
here. 24/7 Sexual Assault Hotline:
                                           cirrhosis, high blood pressure and          learn more about the EAP/ASAP visit
(309) 229-8412
                                           various cancers. In                         our website, or visit the program on
                                           support of                                  Facebook.
                                           National Men's
                                           Health Week®,                               Smoking Cessation Group: Start the
                                           June 11-17, the                             summer with a healthy plan to quit
                                          Rock Island                                 smoking. The
For free, confidential counseling          Arsenal Employee                            Employee Assistance
assistance or for information on           Assistance                                  Program offers an
services that are available, call (309)    Program (EAP)                               ongoing educational
782-4357. Normal business hours are        invites you to take advantage of free,      support group for
from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday -          anonymous online mental health self-        people who would
Friday. For additional information         assessments for alcohol problems,           like to quit smoking.
on the Employee Assistance Program         depression, and anxiety disorders. Please   The group meets
see our website or visit us on Facebook.   click here and enter keyword ASAP to        each Wednesday, 3-4
p.m., at the EAP office located in Bldg. or visit    Sales Flyers: Patrons can visit the
56, 1st floor, East.                                           AAFES website and sign up to receive
                                            Date: Tuesday, June 26                      free online sales flyers.
PTSD Support Groups: Are you or a           Time: 4-6 p.m.
loved one experiencing symptoms of                                                      Project Healing Waters, May 31-July
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? The         GED, ESL, Citizenship Classes,              25: S & K Sales Company and its
Rock Island Arsenal Health Clinic and       Testing, Free Study Resources: The          participating manufacturers will sponsor
Employee Assistance Program are             Scott Community College Career              this promotion to help raise money for
sponsoring support groups to assist you     Assistance Center Offers GED, ESL,          Project Healing Waters, an all-volunteer,
through this difficult challenge. Contact   and Citizenship classes, as well as         nonprofit organization that helps
Rita Baugh, EAP counselor, at (309)         testing and free online study sites. Call   wounded veterans and active-duty
782-2552 for more details.                  (563) 326-5319 for a schedule of classes    military recover physically and
                                            and tests or to obtain more information.    emotionally by introducing them to the
Education                                   (More)                                      skills of fly fishing. A six-page flyer
                                                                                        containing high-value coupons will be
                                            Deca-px                                     distributed in stores during the sale. S &
                                                                                       K has provided more than $350,000 in
The Rock Island Army Education                                                          support of this organization.
Center is located in Bldg. 56, 1st floor,
west end of the building. Office hours:                                                Soldiers' Angels Foundation, June 14-
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday.        The Rock Island Commissary makes            27: Bayer Consumer Care,
Phone: (309) 782-2065 Fax: (309) 782-       fresh fruit baskets daily for you!          Glaxo/Smith/Kline Consumer
7901. Please visit our website to learn     Shopping for someone who has                Healthcare, Bausch & Lomb and Merck
more.                                       everything? Problem solved. They            Consumer Care, along with their broker,
                                            are hungry for fresh fruit. Just buy        Overseas Service Corporation, will
Explore Education Options at                them a fruit basket and relax. Ask our      sponsor this commissary sales event to
GradCenter Night: The QC Graduate           friendly staff to make you one or           help the Soldiers' Angels Foundation.
Studies Center is hosting GradCenter        order one in advance. Check out local       For every dollar spent on participating
Night at the iWireless Center. Ten          specials and get POC information            products from June 14-27, the
member institutions will be available to    HERE. For information on this and           manufacturers mentioned will donate 5¢
discuss graduate degrees and certificates   other Commissaries, visit:                  to the "Soldiers' Angels Adopt a
offered locally. For more information, (Facebook)             Soldier" program. As of May 17, there
contact the Army Education Center POC                                                   were 298 heroes waiting for adoption on
                                                                                        the Soldiers' Angel website. Soldiers'
Angels is a volunteer-led, nonprofit that                                               Commemorative T-Shirts may be
provides aid and comfort to all military    Savings Spectacular: From June 28-          special ordered in the Rock Island
service members and their families.         July 25, Del Monte Foods will offer         Arsenal Museum gift shop. If you wish
Founded in 2003 by the mother of two        savings of up to 50 percent on a variety    to have your shirt before July 7, the day
American soldiers, its hundreds of          of dog snacks, and dog and cat food         of the Rock Island Arsenal 150th
thousands of Angel volunteers assist        from 12 leading brands.                     Anniversary Celebration, order by June
veterans, wounded and deployed                                                          15 for pickup on June 29 or 30. The gift
personnel and their families. "May No       Your Pet, Your Family Picture Post          shop is open during museum operating
Soldier Go Unloved," encapsulates the       Contest!: During July, Mars Pet Care        hours of Tuesday – Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
motivation behind Soldiers' Angels.         will run a photo contest and present 100    All orders must be paid for when placed.
                                            winners with a $50 Commissary Gift
Celebrate Summer with Family,               Card. Contest details will be available     RIA 150 History Break: Think about
Friends and Food Event, June 14-July        through in-store display material. To       taking a "History Break" to celebrate
11: Commissaries worldwide will offer       enter, patrons can email a picture of       Rock Island Arsenal's
extra savings on a variety of ConAgra       their pet and any Mars Pet product to       150th
Foods' summer seasonal products.   In support        Anniversary,
ConAgra Foods will provide store            of this event, Mars will offer savings on   June 14, 12-1
shoppers with more than 60,000              a variety of Whiskas, Cesar and             p.m., George
specialty coupons, each for an additional   Pedigree products.                          Eaton, ASC
$3 off 10 of its participating summer                                                   Historian, will
products. Each redeemed coupon will         archive                                     present "Battles of
result in a 25¢ donation to the USO - up                                                Credit Island and
to $5,000. A nonprofit, congressionally                                                 Campbell's Island, War of 1812."
chartered, private organization, the USO                                               Sponsored by the Rock Island Arsenal
relies on donations from individuals,       Information for the Arsenal Archive is      Historical Society, these lunch and
organizations and corporations to           made available by the Rock Island           learns will be held the second Thursday
support its activities.                     Arsenal Museum. The Museum is open          of each month in 2012. Join us in the
                                            to the public, Tuesday through              Caisson Room, Bldg. 60, first floor,
Celebrate Your Pet Sale: Continuing         Saturday, 12-4 pm. Closed Sunday,           south wing, 12-1 p.m. As these
through June 30, Nestle Purina Pet Care     Monday, federal holidays, the Friday        presentations occur during lunchtime,
is offering discounts on pet food and       after Thanksgiving, and Christmas           you may bring a brown bag lunch or
litter items. Details for commissary        Eve. Admission is free.                     purchase food at the adjacent food court.
shopping sprees will also be available on                                               Employees can sign up for these
in-store displays.                          RIA 150 T-Shirts: Rock Island Arsenal       professional development opportunities
                                            Sesquicentennial (150th)
in TEDs (Search Term "History               Borge, Telly Savalas, President Jimmy      Workforce is an Ever-Changing
Breaks"). If you don't have access to       Carter, Sen. John Kerry, and U.S.          Landscape: The demographics, pay
TEDs, please call Kris Leinicke at (309)    Senator-elect Barack Obama. (More)         scales and top jobs of the Rock Island
782-3518 to make a reservation. Due to                                                 Arsenal workforce over the years offer
the size of the Caisson Room,               Dad Won Merit For Arsenal                  reflections of the eras for which such
participation is limited to 50. Upcoming    Efficiencies: It was 1938, and 24-year-    statistics are readily available.
presentations include: July 12, George      old Oscar Klinkhammer, living in tiny      Following are the statistics and some of
Eaton, ASC Historian, will present a        Almena, Wis., with his wife and two        the forces at work for several of the
"History of Rock Island Arsenal" and        young daughters, decided to answer an      earlier years of the Arsenal's existence,
Aug. 9, Benny Wild, will present            ad for government workers. He had no       as well as the makeup of the Arsenal's
"Historical Modernization of Rock           idea what the job would be or even         workforce in 2012. (More)
Island Arsenal Buildings."                  where it would take him. Three years
                                            passed before he found out. On a Friday    Westphal Meets Those Charged With
Rock Island Arsenal Historical              in March 1941, a letter appeared “out of   Protecting, Preserving Army History:
Society Meeting: The Rock Island            the blue,” asking him to appear for an     Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph
Arsenal Historical Society will meet at 6   exam the following Monday at the Rock      W. Westphal visited the U.S. Army
p.m., Thursday, June 7, at the home of      Island Arsenal, more than 300 miles        Center of Military History's Museum
member Jolene Keeney, who will              away, relates his daughter, Doris Nelson   Support Center Facility to gain
conduct a tour of her Ball-Rosborough       of Davenport. (More)                       situational awareness and view the
House, 1235 11th Avenue, Moline.                                                       impressive collection of over 16,000
Dinner will follow at the River House       Machinist Program a Minnis Family          pieces of American history housed in the
Bar and Grill, 1510 River Dr., Moline.      Affair: A third generation of the Minnis   state-of-the-art facility. Rob
Time: 6 p.m. Dinner; 7 p.m., Speaker        family could soon attach its name to the   Dalessandro, executive director, U.S.
                                            Rock Island Arsenal's machinist            Army Center of Military History, and
Rock Island Arsenal Has Hosted              apprentice program. Gene Minnis, 75,       Charles H. Cureton, chief of the U.S.
Many Famous Visitors: Many famous           went through what was a program of the     Army Center of Military History's
individuals have visited the Rock Island    Arsenal Operations Directorate, as one     Museums Division, explained the role of
Arsenal during the course of its 150-year   of the first black men, graduating in      the support center and introduced
history. Among the more notable to          1971. He was followed by his daughter,     Westphal to the skilled workforce,
have visited the island are: Gen. William   Carla Walker, 51, who graduated from       comprised of a crew of 32 who restore
T. Sherman, Gen. Phillip H. Sheridan,       the four-year program in 1984, followed    and carefully manage hundreds of years
Secretary of War William Howard Taft,       by her brother, Roy Minnis, 49, in 1992.   of Army history. (More)
Maj. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Charles          (More)
Lindbergh, Arthur Godfrey, Victor
This Week in Rock Island Arsenal             Department of Defense and Veterans          coming under increasing scrutiny by
History – June 4-10: On June 4, 1984,        Health Affairs electronic learning          healthcare advocates and policymakers
the protestors failed to shutdown the        initiative. The Federal Health Care         alike as one of the leading causes of the
RIA on "Project Disarm" day. The last        Consortium catalog includes 360             nation's obesity epidemic. (More)
of 100 Mark VIII Tanks assembled at          courses from 14 federal agencies,
the RIA was completed June 5, 1920.          including many with credit and              Health Clinic Announcement: Health
The order for 100 tanks was completed        certificate opportunities. Richard          Sick Call hours 7-8 a.m. Clinic closed
in 286 days. On June 6, 1898, the RIA        Lussier, Ph.D., from the VHA’s              June 15 for mandatory training. For any
commander received an order to procure       employee education system, coordinates      issues or concerns with the RIAHC
from private contractors 10,000              the interagency shared training effort.     clinic please call our customer support
additional outfits of cavalry and horse      “The beauty of this catalog is it’s the     line (309) 782-0721.
equipment. The Spanish-American War          first time we’ve made all this training
had caused a critical demand for             available at a single location, readily     vets
equipment. On June 7, 1871, Gen.             accessible to the learner. You can
Thomas Rodman, "Father of the RIA"           identify, select a course and then the
died. He died while in the midst of          system will take you to the server          
completing his grand plan for the RIA.       hosting the training,” Lussier said.        New Education Benefit for
On June 8, 1871, the first iron casting      (More)                                      Unemployed Veterans Has Strong
made at the RIA was for the iron                                                         Response: Within two weeks of being
columns used in the construction of          High Fructose Corn Syrup Can't              announced, a program to give skills
Shop C (Bldg. 104). Gen. Rodman's            Disguise Itself As 'Corn Sugar,' FDA        training to some unemployed Veterans
funeral was on June 9, 1871, at the RIA.     Decides: The days of food and beverage      has garnered over 12,000 online
It was one of the largest funerals held in   makers hiding the gargantuan sugar          applications, according to the
the Quad Cities.                             content of high fructose corn syrup         Department of Veterans Affairs. “VA is
                                             under the deceptive label of "corn sugar"   committed to supporting Veterans as
healthbeat                                   are over following a U.S. Food and          they seek employment. This initiative
                                             Drug Administration (FDA) decision          will help provide education and training
                                             that prohibits the common industry          so that Veterans have an opportunity to
                                            practice. According to recent reports,      find meaningful employment in a high-
New E-Learning Catalog Offers                FDA regulators said they made the           demand field,” said Secretary of
Courses Related to Health and                move to clear up any confusion about        Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We
Medicine: Access to hundreds of health,      the definition of "sugar." It's a rule      will continue to build on the success of
medical and related training courses         change that comes at a time when high       our initial outreach efforts to Veterans.”
developed for federal workers just got       fructose or high sugar content foods are    (More)
easier with the launch of a joint
Veterans Pension Program Is Being                                                           to drive due to medical condition.
Abused, Report Says: A yearlong                VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011: Apply           Willing to pay for gas. Email or call
investigation into a federal pension           now for VA program to expand career          (309) 782-7256 or cell (815) 757-
program for low-income veterans has            and education opportunities. Visit           4477.
concluded that weak oversight and     to learn            Carpool: Looking for members to
unclear rules have made the system ripe        more about how the Veterans                  join carpool along the Hwy. 61
for abuse, including by financial              Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire            corridor from Dubuque to Rock
planners and lawyers who help well-off         Heroes Act of 2011 can make a                Island Arsenal, 2nd shift 2:15-10:30
retirees qualify for benefits by               difference in your transition. The           p.m. Starting in the middle April.
transferring or hiding assets. The report      Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW)           Email or call (815) 651-4624.
by the Government Accountability               to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides        Carpool: Commuter living in Rio,
Office, to be released on Wednesday,           seamless transition for Servicemembers,      Ill., looking for someone to carpool
found that more than 200 firms had             expands education and training               with from Galesburg/Alpha area.
sprouted up across the country to help         opportunities for Veterans, and provides     Employee works 6 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
veterans “restructure” assets so they can      tax credits for employers who hire           w/RDO 1st Friday of Pay period.
appear indigent and therefore eligible         Veterans with service-connected              Email or call (309) 782-5472.
for tax-free pensions, which can pay           disabilities. (More)
more than $20,000 a year. (More)                                                          summer
Military Veterans: The “Got Your                                                          
Six” Project: The "Got Your Six"
                                                                                         June: 8-9: Gumbo Ya Ya (The District)
project links studios, networks, guilds                                                   June 9: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
                                               Submit car pooling announcements via
and others with dozens of non-profits in                                                  - Quad Cities 5K (Davenport)
                                               the Island Insight submission page.        June 9: Quad Cities Cruisers - 30th Open
a bi-partisan campaign to help those
                                               Please use that page to contact Garrison   Run Car Show (South Park Mall, Moline)
who served in the U.S. military. Tom
                                               Public Affairs to take your                June 13-16: Sturgis Mississippi River
Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas                                                      Motorcycle Rally (Mississippi Valley
                                               announcement off once you have found a
and Tracy Morgan are among the stars                                                      Fairgrounds)
                                               ride.                                                       th
who will participate in public service                                                    June 15: 237 Army Birthday Ball
announcements in support of the newly                                                     June 15-16: Daiquiri Factory's Rock The
                                                                                          District (The District)
launched Got Your Six campaign, aimed                                                                 th
                                                                                          June 16: 6 Annual Healthy Living Fair
at improving the image of America’s                                                       (Freight House, Davenport)
military veterans and helping them              Ride Wanted: Looking for ride                          th
                                                                                          June 16: 13 Annual Quad Cities Triathlon
successfully reintegrate into civilian life.     to/from Bettendorf and Island            June 16-17: Greek Cultural Festival (East
(More)                                           starting immediately. Work day shift     Moline)
                                                 and hours are flexible. I am unable
June 17: Ride the River (RiverWay Trails,    July 14: 28 Annual Moonlight Chase            Sept. 1-2: Quad City Air Show (Davenport
Iowa & Ill.)                                 (Eldridge)                                    Municipal Airport)
June 17: Centennial Park Summer CRAZE        July 16-21: Rock Island County Fair (East     Sept. 1-2: Rock Island Grand Prix
(Centennial Park, Davenport)                 Moline Fairgrounds)                           (Downtown Rock Island)
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June 20-23: 21 Annual Quad-Cities Senior     July 20-21: Heartland Jam (LeClaire Park)     Sept. 3: Bettendorf Rotary 18 Annual Run
Olympics (Rock Island)                       July 27-28: 41 Annual MVRBC Downtown          with Carl 5K (Life Fitness Center,
June 22: Countryside Community Theater       Street Fest (Downtown Davenport)              Bettendorf)
(North Scott HS, Eldridge, Iowa)             July 27: Cardiology at the Bix (Radisson      Sept. 6: 13 Annual Senior Golf Cart Tour
June 22-24: Midwest Mountain Bike            Quad City Plaza, Davenport)                   of RiverWay Trails (Multiple Locations)
Festival (Scott County Park, Parkview,       July 28: Bix 7 Run/Walk (Downtown             Sept. 7-16: East West Riverfest (Quad
Iowa)                                        Davenport)                                    Cities)
June 23: Run for the Hills XC (Crow Creek    July 31-Aug. 5: Great Mississippi Valley      Sept. 8: Quad City Symphony Riverfront
Park, Bettendorf)                            Fair (Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds)         Pops (LeClaire Park)
June 23: Royal Ball Run for Autism 5K        Aug. 2-5: Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz       Sept. 8-9: Beaux Arts Fair (Downtown
(Milan HyVee)                                Festival (LeClaire Park & Hotel Blackhawk)    Davenport)
June 23: Flick and Float (Annie Wittenmyer   Aug. 3: Flamingo Fling Art Auction & Party    Sept. 15: Taming of the Slough (Sylvan
Aquatic Center, Davenport)                   (Quad City Botanical Center)                  Island)
June 24: QC Jewish Feast-ival (Tri City      Aug. 9-11: Great River Tug Fest (LeClaire,    Sept. 15: Brew Ha Ha (LeClaire Park)
Jewish Center, Rock Island)                  Iowa / Port Byron, Ill.)                      Sept. 15: Celtic Festival & Highland Games
June 24: 6 Annual Hennepin Hustle 5K         Aug. 10-11: Ya Maka My Weekend (The           (Centennial Park, Davenport)
Fun Run/Walk (Colona, Ill.)                  District)                                     Sept. 15-16: Riverssance Festival of Fine
June 24: Blossoms at Butterworth             Aug. 11-12: 11 Annual Illinois Renewable      Arts (Lindsay Park, Village of East
(Butterworth Center, Moline)                 Energy & Sustainable Lifestyle Fair           Davenport)
June 29-July 1: Mississippi Valley Blues     (Oregon, Ill.)                                Sept. 19-21: Upper Mississippi River
Festival (LeClaire Park)                     Aug. 17-18: River Roots Live (Downtown        Conference (TBD)
June 30: Daiquiri Factory's Dodgeball        Davenport)                                    Sept. 21-22: Our Big Fat Greek Festival (St.
Showdown (The District)                      Aug. 18: River Action's 3 Annual Floatzilla   George Greek Orthodox Church, Rock
July 3: Red, White & Boom! (Rock Island &    (Lake Potter)                                 Island)
Davenport)                                   Aug. 23-26: World Series of Drag Racing       Sept. 22-23: Quad Cities Kite Festival
July 4: 30 Annual Genesis Firecracker        (Cordova Dragway)                             (Centennial Park, Davenport)
Run (East Moline)                            Aug. 25: Quad Cities Irish Festival (Rock     Sept. 23: Quad Cities Marathon (Downtown
July 4: Recycled Float Race (Rock Island)    Island)                                       Moline)
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July 7: Rock Island Arsenal 150              Aug. 25: RIBCO's 3 Annual River City          Sept. 27-29: Mississippi Valley Quilters
Celebration (Rock Island Arsenal)            Beer Festiv-ale (The District)                Show (Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds)
July 9-15: John Deere Classic PGA Tour       Aug. 28-Sept. 5: ASA Girls 12U Fastpitch      Sept. 28-30: Hot Air Balloon Festival
(TPC Deere Run)                              Tournament (Greenvalley Sports Complex,       (Kennedy Square, East Moline)
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July 11: 21 Annual YouthFest (Centennial     Moline)                                       Sept. 29: 17 Annual Killer Bee 5K
Park, Davenport)                             Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Antique Motorcycle Swap      Run/Walk (Rogalski Center Lawn, St.
July 13: Countryside Community Theater       Meet (Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds)         Ambrose Campus)
(North Scott HS, Eldridge, Iowa)             Sept. 1: 8th Annual Labor Day Ride For
                                             Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (The District)
Oct. 5-6: Midwest Clown Association             
Convention (Clarion Hotel Conf. Center,         Joel Himsl, Garrison Manager; Eric
Davenport)                                      Cramer, Public Affairs Officer; Mark
Oct. 6: Hilltop Campus Village 3 Annual         Kane, Editor
Fall Music Festival (Hilltop Park, Davenport)   The Army publication, Island Insight, is an
Oct. 7: Nancy Kapheim Memorial Classic          unofficial publication authorized under AR
Gone Running 5K Run/Walk (Schwiebert            360-1 to provide information on people,
Park, Rock Island)                              policies, operations, technical
Oct. 13-14: Gun Show (Mississippi Valley        developments, trends and ideas of, about,
Fairgrounds)                                    and of interest to the Rock Island Arsenal
Oct. 23-28: FLW National Guard Walleye          community. It is published weekly using
Tournament (Centennial Park, Davenport)         word processor software and Adobe
Oct. 25: Fright Night (The District)            PhotoShop using Portable Document
Oct. 26: Bucktown's Deadstock (Bucktown)        Format reproduction for online distribution
Oct. 27: Witches Walk (Downtown LeClaire)       with the use of federal funds under
Oct. 27: Daiquiri Factory's Boneyard Boogie     provisions of AR 360-1 by the Rock Island
(The District)                                  Arsenal Garrison Public Affairs Office.
Oct. 27-28: Rock and Gem Show                   Contents of Island Insight are not
(Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds)                necessarily the official views of, or
Nov. 11: Doll Show (Mississippi Valley          endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the
Fairgrounds)                                    Department of Defense, or the Department
Nov. 16-25: Quad City Arts Festival of          of the Army. The views and opinions
Trees (RiverCenter)                             expressed are not necessarily those of the
Nov. 17: Festival of Trees Parade               Garrison or the Department of the Army.
(Downtown Davenport)                            The editorial content of Island Insight is the
Nov. 17: Lighting on the John Deere             responsibility of the Rock Island Arsenal
Commons & Holiday Pops Concert                  Garrison Public Affairs Office. Submission
(Downtown Moline)                               of announcements, articles, photos, letters,
Dec. 1-14: Season of Light-Star of              and graphic art of interest to the general
Bethlehem (Augustana College                    readership is encouraged. All manuscripts
Planetarium)                                    are subject to editing and rewriting prior to
Dec. 2: 19 Century Christmas (Butterworth       publication. Postal address: Garrison
Center, Moline)                                 Manager, 1 Rock Island Arsenal, ATTN:
Dec. 7: Gallery Hop! (The District)             IMNE-RIA-PA, Rock Island, IL 61299-
Dec. 8-9: 131 Annual Performance of             5000. For submission of announcements to
Handel’s Messiah (Centennial Hall,              the Island Insight; usarmy.ria.imcom-
Augustana College)                    ;Phone:
                                                (309) 782-1121. The Island Insight is
                                                available on-line.

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