Force Protection Level – Alpha
Homeland Security Advisory System – Yellow/Elevated
Transportation Security Administration Threat Level – Orange/High
Coast Guard Maritime Security (MARSEC) Level – 1/Significant Risk
These announcements are also available on the island intranet under "Information" and on the
installation website at www.ria.army.mil under "About USAG-RIA" and then "News" and ―Local
Island Announcement Submission: http://www.ria.army.mil/sites/IslandAnn/announcement.cfm
CFC 2009 Campaign Child, Youth & School Services
Arsenal Traffic/Construction Army Community (ACS)
Building/Space Closures Employee Assistance Program
Active Duty/Reserve Zone Education/Training Review
Safety Spotlight Defense Commissary Agency/PX Jan. 4-10: Women's Self-
Equal Opportunity Focus Healthbeat Empowerment Week
Morale, Welfare & Recreation Notes for Veterans Jan. 13: AMBER Alert Awareness
(MWR) Retiree Affairs Day
MWR Leisure Travel Office Car Pooling Announcements Jan. 16: Religious Freedom Day
Around the Q.C. Jan. 17: Operation Desert Storm
Army Unveils New Cost Management Certificate Course: Jan. 17: National Sanctity of
Human Life Day
Building an Army for the 21st century necessitates a new leader Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Day
mindset where cost and resource-informed decisions must drive (Federal Holiday)
operations. Army leadership recommends embedding cost- Jan. 20: National Day of Renewal
management skills and the requisite policies and procedures and Reconciliation
throughout, and, in order for this to happen, senior Jan. 24-30: Tobacco-Free
leaders must have staff members who possess these Jan. 25-29: No Name-Calling
skills. The Cost Management Certificate Course Week
(CMCC) is an important element in implementing these Jan. 27: National Eosinophilia Day
recommendations for Army‐wide Cost Benefit Analysis Jan. 27-30: Mars & the Full Moon
(CBA). The CMCC is an intense four-week resident at the Closest, Biggest & Brightest
education course taught at the Naval Postgraduate School in th
Jan. 28: 95 Anniversary of the
Monterey, California. This course teaches students to manage Army Modern U.S. Coast Guard
business operations efficiently and effectively through accurate Jan. 29: Thomas Paine Day
measurement and thorough understanding of the "Full Cost" of Jan. 31-Feb. 6: National
business processes, products, and services. Certificate holders Consumer Protection Week
Feb. 1: National Freedom Day
become part of a community of practice equipped to help decision Feb. 1-7: National Patient
makers provide the best value to customers and stakeholders. Recognition Week
(More) (StandTo!) Feb. 1-7: World Salt Awareness
Feb. 2: Groundhog Day
Year in Photos 2009: This annual year-end special features the best of
Army.mil's feature photos, drawn from a variety of Defense Department
sources. These photos capture the essence of America's Army - the
Soldiers and their Families - the Strength of the Nation. (More)
Where Do I Get the 2010 Federal Leave Calculator?: I just had to give up some of my 2009
leave because I didn't plan to use it early enough. Is there a tool that can help me calculate and plan
to avoid this situation in 2010? You've come to the right place. OhMyGov! has the essential pay and
calendar information that federal employees need. Our ever popular Federal Pay Calendar for 2010
helps federal workers plan around those ever-important federal holidays and paydays. Recently,
we've added a simple way for all feds to manage their leave, which is especially helpful for
employees who have so-called "use or lose" leave. This refers to the fact that any leave in excess of
the maximum (240 hours for most employees) is lost after the first of the next calendar year. The
leave calculator is available as an Excel spreadsheet download. The calculator was originally
developed by Jerrell Carter of the General Services Administration. (More)
Army to Test New Personnel System at Aberdeen Lab: The Army's Research,
Development and Engineering Command's Edgewood Chemical Biological
Center in Aberdeen, Md., will test a new personnel system starting in February.
In a Federal Register notice Dec. 29, the Army detailed the personnel
demonstration project and the comments it received from employees and
employee unions when it first suggested the changes last January. The
demonstration project will affect 1,100 civilian employees, not including
members of the Senior Executive Service, Scientific and Professional employees,
Federal Wage System employees, employees presently covered by the Defense
Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS), Department of Army and Army Command
centrally funded interns and students employed under the Student Career Experience Program. The
Army says the program includes pay banding, pay-for-performance evaluations, expanded hiring
authority and other authorities. (More)
Additional H1N1 Clinic Made Available: The U.S. Army Health Clinic Rock Island Arsenal
is making the H1N1 (Swine Flu) Vaccine available to the Rock Island Arsenal workforce and
all active duty, reserve, and military retirees on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 3-7 p.m., Bldg. 110
basement in the Health Clinic. This includes everyone affiliated with the Arsenal to include
active duty, reserve, military retirees, civilians, contractors, and each of those groups’ family
members. Note: There will be pediatric doses available for children of the previously mentioned
groups. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are not necessary or required. POC: U.S. Army Health
Clinic Rock Island Arsenal, Sgt. 1st Class Groves or Sgt. 1st Class Wible at (309) 782-0721.
(Vaccine Information Statement: H1N1 Nasal Spray, H1N1 Shot)
Rock Island Arsenal Tax Center: The Rock Island Arsenal will be hosting its annual Tax Center,
which can assist you with filing your taxes. Make an appointment between Jan. 26 and April 15 at
the Office of Counsel, Bldg. 390, Suite 105 to have a volunteer, trained by the IRS and Military
Legal Office, help prepare and file your returns. POC: firstname.lastname@example.org, (309) 782- 0586.
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Postal Service to Dispense Medication in Event of Bio Attack: In the event of a biological
weapon attack on the U.S., it will be up to the U.S. Postal Service to deliver needed medications to
Americans, under an executive order signed Dec. 30 by
President Barack Obama. The leaders of the Health
and Human Services and Homeland Security
departments have six months to create a plan for the
Postal Service to distribute medicines, with "anthrax as the primary threat consideration." In such
events, letter carriers delivering medications may be accompanied by local law enforcement
officers. The plan must include provisions for getting medications to federal employees with
essential responsibilities during an attack. (More)
Blood Drive: The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is hosting a blood drive at
Bldg. 60 in the Caisson Room, on Friday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. If you would like
to donate at this blood drive, feel free to e-mail SHoegerl@mvrbc.com with the time
you'd like to schedule, or call their Donor Center at (563) 359-5401, ext. 119.
A 2nd shift blood drive will be held in the War Room, #329, of Bldg. 210 beginning at
2:15 a.m. on Jan. 8. To sign up for a blood drive held on either the 2nd or 3rd shift,
donors should contact their shift supervisor.
Fact File: The need for blood donations is increasing at the rate of about six
percent per year. The average patient who needs blood receives more than
The Army encourages its employees to volunteer as candidates for any of the variety of
medical donor programs, including blood, bone marrow, and organ donor/transplantations
programs. For additional information see: www.cpol.army.mil/library/permiss/5012b.html
Golf Club Memberships: An announcement was recently sent concerning membership at the Rock
Island Arsenal Golf Club, the membership incentive was briefly addressed, but want to reiterate that
this incentive is able to be shared with incoming members. If you have questions, please contact
email@example.com. Look forward to seeing you around the Club.
Eagle Watching on the Mississippi River: Every year tens of thousands of people
flock to the Mississippi River to take part in Bald Eagle Watches. They have come to
catch a glimpse, perhaps for the first time, of our national symbol. Up to 2,500 bald
eagles winter along the Mississippi near the lock and dams. Turbulence created below
the dams provide open water and a smorgasbord of stunned fish for eagles to feast upon.
In addition, the wooded bluffs that overlook the Mississippi are excellent habitat for
roosting and an increasing number of cases nesting. Bald Eagle Watches occur
throughout January and February, but eagles can be seen from mid December through
early March. It all depends on the weather. As warm weather arrives, most eagles will
begin their journey back north to northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Canada to prepare for the
nesting season. The Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi River Visitor Center has created a page of
area Bald Eagle Watches on its web site. (More)
TSP Catch-up: TSP catch-up enrollment is coming up for the 2010 year ($5,500 limit) sign up
through Army Benefits Center web site at https://www.abc.army.mil/TSP/TSP.htm. For more
information check out http://www.tsp.gov/forms/oc03-03.pdf.
Pet Vaccination Clinic: The Great Lakes Veterinary Treatment Facility will be hosting a pet
vaccination clinic at the Rock Island Arsenal Fire Station on Jan. 7 from 1-7 p.m. and again on
Jan. 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The clinic is open to all active duty ID holders, their dependents, and
retirees. Please call the Great Lakes VTF at (847) 688-5740 for more information, or e-mail at
Rock Island Arsenal Museum Hours of Operation: The hours of operation for the Rock Island
Arsenal Museum have changed. The museum is open: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.
Combined Federal Campaign Chair Position: The 2010 Illowa Bi-State Combined Federal
Campaign is currently looking for an individual that is interested in assuming the role of 2010
The role is developmental in nature in that one gains experience in: Project Management,
Supervision, Prioritization, Briefing Leadership, Organization and Motivation.
Continuous learning points are earned for the assignment. The ideal candidate will
be an energetic self-starter with a benevolent can-do attitude. This position is a
voluntary detail; however, it is to be accomplished in addition to coordinating the
responsibilities of one's normal duties. The individual selected to chair the campaign
will need to have the support of their management staff/organization.
If you are interested in filling this role for the 2010 campaign, please send Deb Gudlewski an e-mail
at Debra.firstname.lastname@example.org elaborating on your qualifications and interest in chairing the
Parking Citations: For those drivers who wonder if they've taken care of that last parking citation
you can call the RIA Police Dept; (309) 782-2686 and they will gladly let you know.
Cafeteria Announcement: The Bldg. 212 Cafeteria will be closed starting Jan. 4 for renovation.
This will also include the smoking room adjacent to the cafeteria. In Bldg. 210, Room 117, hot
meals (breakfast and lunch) will still be provided in accordance the posted monthly menu. The
temporary dining room will be located in Bldg. 210, Room 121 (Kingsbury Conf. Rm). The
temporary smoking room will be relocated to Bldg. 211, Room 133. Tentative completion of
cafeteria renovation is Spring 2010.
Bldg. 110 Restroom Closure: The men's restroom (110-B-1) located in Bldg. 110 is scheduled for
closure during Dec. 30 – Jan. 10. The closure is necessary for painting.
Bldg. 110 Restroom Closure: The women's restroom (110-3-2) located in Bldg. 110 is scheduled
for closure during Dec. 30 – Jan. 5. The closure is necessary for painting.
Active Duty/Reserve Zone
CSF-Global Assessment Tool: For those who have been engaged with the Army’s blog, you have
probably seen a number of entries focused on the U.S. Army’s new Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
program. This program focuses on five dimensions of strength to enhance performance and build
resilience. The vision of this program is to create an Army of balanced, healthy, self-confident
Soldiers, families and Army civilians whose resilience and total fitness enables them to thrive in an
era of high operational tempo and persistent conflict. The Army is committed to this prevention
model for the entire force, enhancing Soldiers resilience and coping skills. This model consists of
life-long learning that begins by providing individual assessment through the Global Assessment
Tool. The Global Assessment Tool (GAT) provides a person with a baseline in the four dimensions
of strength: emotional, social, spiritual and family; and provides an opportunity to track self-
development and growth in these areas over time. (More)
What’s Ahead For Soldiers in 2010: The surge in Afghanistan, evolving missions and tighter
budgets will shape the year ahead for the Army. For soldiers, 2010 may mean tougher chances at
promotion, a new camouflage pattern for uniforms and better gear and training. Here is the final
installment of our three-part series about things to watch out for in 2010. (More)
Military Pay Gap Fiction, Nonpartisan CBO Says: The fate of the 2011 military pay raise may
rest on how much weight lawmakers give to a claim by a nonpartisan congressional office that a
purported gap in military pay doesn’t exist. Instead of the 2.4 percent pay gap cited by military
associations as reason for Congress to continue increasing military basic pay by slightly more than
average private-sector raises, the Congressional Budget Office says there is a 10.3 percent military
pay surplus. The dispute about whether there is a pay gap or surplus is not new, but it is getting new
attention from Congress as a result of warnings that rapidly growing military personnel costs are
squeezing other needs out of the defense budget. (More)
FDA Expands Tylenol Recall: McNeil Consumer Healthcare and FDA notified consumers
that it is expanding a voluntary recall to include all available product lots of Tylenol Arthritis
Pain Caplet 100 count bottles, with the distinctive red EZ-Open Cap. Consumers who
purchased Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100 count bottles with the distinctive red EZ-Open
Cap from the lots (all) included in this recall should stop using the product and contact
McNeil for instructions on a refund or replacement. In November 2009, five lots of this
product were recalled due to consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like
odor that was associated with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. The odor is
caused by the presence of a chemical 2, 4, 6-tribromoanisole, believed to be the breakdown of
a chemical used to treat wooden pallets that transport and store packaging materials. The health
effects of this compound have not been well studied, and to date all of the observed events reported
to McNeil were temporary and non-serious. (More)
Be a ‘Wreck-less’ Driver This Winter: An Army accident report last winter read: ―Soldiers hit a
patch of black ice after crossing a bridge and spun out of control, going into a narrow ditch and
rolling the vehicle one complete time. … Soldiers were traveling, all wearing their seat belts. All
Soldiers were transported to local hospital … treated and released.‖ This group of Army National
Guardsmen encountered a little extra ―surprise‖ as they were driving to their weekend drill.
Fortunately, they chose to wear their seat belts and walked away from the experience wiser and
none the worse for wear. But Guardsmen headed to drill aren’t the only Soldiers who will be on the
road this winter. (More) (Poster)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights/Observance Luncheon: U.S. Army
Garrison Equal Employment Opportunity Office Presents: Martin Luther King,
Jr./Civil Rights Workshop/Observance Luncheon. Theme — ―Remember!
Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!‖ The luncheon will be held on Jan.
20, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., in Heritage Hall, Bldg. 60. The keynote speaker for
the event will be Deborah Taylor, retired director, Global Diversity and Inclusion
for John Deere and Company. The lunch is optional and tickets for it are limited.
Cost per ticket is $11.50, sold in the retail shop in Bldg. 60 (menu: two meats
(chicken/ham), greens, mashed potatoes, corn bread, salad, peach cobbler).
Registration is available in TEDs, keyword: Civil Rights or MLK. If special
accommodations are needed, please contact: Mary Gale (309) 782-5024 or
Carmen Ausborn (309) 782-2927.
Prevention of Sexual Harassment Training (POSH): Prevention of
Sexual Harassment Training will be offered by the Garrison EEO Office
for New Hires, Refresher and Online POSH Training. The location will be
the Blackhawk Conf. Room, Bldg. 109, 3rd Floor, New Hires at 8:30 a.m.
and Refresher at 10 a.m. on the following days:
Jan. 12 May 11 Sept. 14
Feb. 9 June 8 Oct. 12
March 9 July 13
April 13 Aug. 17
March 9 Sept. 14
To sign up for this mandatory training, please register through TEDs; key word: "posh refresher on
line." POC for POSH training (or to receive special accommodations) is
email@example.com at (309) 782-2927.
Registration for TEDs is available. Use the word "posh" when registering. For any additional
information or accommodation please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 782-
"Our goal is to erase sexual assault and sexual harassment from the life of the United States Army
... We've proven in so many other areas that we can distinguish ourselves from the rest of society,
and this is going to be one of those examples that we're going to set for the nation." - Pete Geren,
Secretary of the Army, www.sexualassault.army.mil.
DefenseLink News Release: Fiscal Year 2008 DoD Sexual Assault Report Released
On Army News Service: Army Striving to Decrease Sexual Assault, Increase Reporting
Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR): Visit the MWR website at www.riamwr.com for
information on all MWR programs.
BCS National Championship: On Jan. 7, the Texas Longhorns will take on the Alabama
Crimson Tide for the BCS National Championship and you can see it at the Rock Island
Arsenal Club on a 73"-inch flat-screen TV! $5 will get you all you can eat chili and hot
dogs. The ―Bowl Party‖ starts at 5 p.m. Game starts at 7 p.m. Join in and experience the
prizes, food, and fun!
January Trivia Night: Please join us for a night of friendly trivia competition on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.
in Heritage Hall. Open to all friends & family. Cost is $10 per player; Teams up to 10 per team. Call
(309) 782-6319 for details.
5 Secrets for Permanent Weight Loss Workshop: Discover the scientific basis of weight loss and
how it works at a free workshop in the RIA Fitness Center's Aerobic room. The guest speaker will
discuss why diets do not work, how hormones relate to weight loss, the role metabolism plays, and
more. For more information, please call (309) 782-6789.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 13
Time: 11 a.m.
Spinning/Core: The new Spinning/Core class begins Saturday, Jan. 9 from 9-10 a.m. at the RIA
Fitness Center. The class will be primarily feature Spinning with emphasis on Strength Core
Training during the last 15 minutes of class. You may sign up and pay now. Call (309) 782-6787 for
Arsenal Club Bar & Grill: The Arsenal Club Bar & Grill is going to start delivery service in the
evenings from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday & Friday evenings. Also, do you only have 30 minutes for
lunch? Let us do the cooking and bring it right to your building. You can check out our full menu on
the MWR website. For further details call Cathy Harris (309) 782-6319 or the Club Bar on
Thursday & Friday's starting at 2:30 p.m. at (309) 782-3075.
Outdoor Recreation Ski Trip: Join Outdoor Recreation for an evening of skiing at Ski Snowstar in
Andalusia, Ill. Cost is $11 for a lift ticket, $11 for ski or snowboard rental and $5 for a beginner ski
lesson and $10 for a beginner snowboard lesson. Sign up at the ITR Office in Bldg. 60.
Date: Friday, Jan. 8
Time: 4:30-9 p.m.
Outdoor Recreation Snow Tubing: Just outdoor Recreation for an evening of snow tubing at Ski
SnowStar in Andalusia, Ill. Cost is $11 per person. Preregister at the ITR Office in Bldg. 60 or call
(309) 782-8630 for more information
Date: Friday, Feb. 19
Time: 5-9 p.m.
New Fitness Center Hours of Operation: Since Nov. 16, the Fitness Center posted new operating
hours as follows: Saturday/Sunday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday 4:45 a.m. -7:30 p.m.
Fitness Classes Registration: Get a jump-start on the Fitness Classes starting in January and
register for the 6 week classes now. There is Spinning, Total Body Conditioning, Strength
Conditioning, and Rowing. There are limited rowers and bikes. For more information about the
classes, you may visit http://riamwr.com/BusPgms/Fitness.htm or call (309) 782-6787.
Auto Skills Facility, Bldg. 351: MWR Auto Skills Facility, Bldg. 351, offers limited technical
assistance. Full self-help services will continue; oil changes and minor automotive repair services
will be by appointment only. Due to staff shortage, towing service is temporarily discontinued. For
additional information, please contact (309) 782-8631.
MWR POV for Sale Program: Let MWR Auto Skills provide you an avenue to sell your personal
vehicle. Place an ad on the MWR website. Call (309) 782-8631 for details or visit
Recycle Toner / Cell phones Pick-Up: At toner pick-up points, place used toner back in its original
box with paperwork that contains shipping label so recycle can easily get these used toners back to
correct vender. Place used toners next to grey or blue recycle paper containers in hallways and
recycle will pick up when servicing that route. Also, remember you can recycle your old cell phones
Qualified Recycle Program: Visit the MWR website for information on items that can be recycled.
For your convenience, plastic soda/water bottles may be placed in the receptacle next to the vending
machines, along with aluminum cans. The recycle alley cat is located in Memorial Field parking lot
April – October; and in the commissary parking lot November – March.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bldg. 60. The office is closed for lunch
from 10:30–11:30 a.m., (309) 782-5890, ROCK-ITR@conus.army.mil.
Joseph/Amazing Coat: Andrew Lloyd Webber has created a soft-rock fantasy from the biblical
story of Joseph and his brethren and turned this ancient tale into a rollicking mixture of vaudevillian
turns, country and western, calypso, 50's rock and roll and acid rock. Get your seats for this
performance at Circa 21. Tickets are $42.50.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 6
Time: 5:45 p.m.
All Star Rodeo: All Star Rodeo is coming to iWireless Center for two days! Discounted seats
available $32, $22 and $15. Free all access pre-show at 5:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Jan. 22
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Iowa/Illinois Basketball Game: ITR has 30 seats available for the upcoming basketball game
between Iowa/Illinois. Located in Section CC, Row 33-35. Seats are $20 each.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Nickelodeon presents Storytime Live: Come play along with your favorite preschool pals live on
stage at the iWireless Center. Leap into Fairytale Land with ―Dora the Explorer,‖ journey through
Filthingham with ―The Backyardigans,‖ hop into Wonderland with ―Wonder Pets,‖ and join the
Monkey King’s celebration with ―Ni Hao, Kai-lan.‖$37, $24 & $12.
Date: Thursday, March 11
Time: 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Beauty and the Beast: This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish
sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including ―Be Our Guest‖ and the beloved title
song will be at the Adler Theatre. Seats are $57.50 each
Date: Thursday, May 20
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Discount Movie Tickets: All movie tickets sold at ITR are $8. For more information call (309)
Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC): Start planning your summer vacation and get great deals
on your lodging through the Armed Forces Vacation Club. Go to www.afvclub.com to find condos
located all over the world for only $329/week. Give them installation 90 when making your
reservations. Call ITR at (309) 782-5890 with any questions.
Openings at Child Development Center: Due to the opening of our new Child Development
Center, we currently have spaces available for immediate placement in our Child Development
Center for children ages 12 months to pre-kindergarten. Off-post Family Child Care has immediate
openings as well. For more information call (309) 782-0791 or e-mail
Home Alone Class: SKIESUnlimited is offering a FREE Home Alone Class on Saturday, Jan. 16,
10 a.m.-12 p.m. for children 10-14 years. Class will teach children about safety at home, how to
handle emergencies and what to do if you are abducted. Register online www.riamwr.com/CYS or
call (309) 782-2165
Youth Sports Leagues Forming: Youth Sports Leagues now forming for Basketball, Racquetball,
and Indoor Soccer. Sign up online at http://riamwr.com/CYS/ or at SAS/YS Bldg. 150 (2-5 p.m.) or
at CYSS Central Registration, Bldg. 110 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.). For more information call Paul Beadel
Will Your Child be the Next Mozart or Michelle Wie?: The School of Knowledge, Inspiration,
Exploration, and Skills (SKIESUnlimited) offers a variety of programs that unlock your child's
potential. Child, Youth, & School Services is proud to bring this program to RIA in 2010! Take our
survey & tell us what classes you want. www.riamwr.com/cys
Persons requiring special accommodations please contact the POC for the ACS session you
are interested in.
Get Out of Debt: Use PowerPay program to plan and execute your debt liquidation program—
www.powerpay.org free from Utah State Extension Service. More assistance available from Army
Community Service, (309) 782-0815, email@example.com
RESUMIX Orientations and Hands On Workshops: Bldg. 110, 1st Floor SE. RSVP to pick date
and avoid cancellation at https://home.ria.army.mil/apps/ria_acs_signups/home/signup1.cfm Note:
Sign-up in TEDs does not guarantee a seat; also sign-up at the ACS site listed above. (309) 782-
0815, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsorship Training Available Online: Sponsorship Training is available online by visiting the
ACS webpage. After training, successful completion of the Sponsorship Training exam will result
in a certificate being awarded to you and your command being notified of the successful completion
of your training. To visit the online log on to http://riamwr.com/ACS/RELO-Spon.htm. (309) 782-
Employee Assistance Program: For free, confidential counseling assistance or for information on
services that are available, call (309) 782-4357. Normal business hours are 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday. For additional information on the Employee Assistance Program, go to
Sensory Integration Disorders Informational Forum: An informational forum on Sensory
Integration Disorders is scheduled at the School Age Center, Bldg. 150. There is free on site child
care for attendees and a snack dinner. Must RSVP for child care by Dec. 31 to (309) 782-4736.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 7
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Army Continuing Education Services: The Army Continuing Education Services (ACES) office,
located in Bldg. 56, 1st floor, has new hours of operation. The office is open Monday through
Thursday from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is closed on Fridays. If you have any questions, please feel free
to contact this office and speak to one of the Education Counselors - Kathy Zingre (309) 782-5895;
Mike Montford (309) 782-6343; and Sharon Trier at (309) 782-4398 or the Education Services
Officer, Ann Showalter at (309) 782-2065. For more information about education programs the
Army offers: Army Ed Space
National Defense Industrial Association Scholarships: The NDIA Scholarship Committee is now
accepting applicants for $1,500 scholarships. Scholarship applications and additional eligibility
criteria may be found at http://www.ndia-ia-il.org/NDIA%20Scholarship_2.pdf. Applications must
be postmarked March 17 or earlier. Additional guidance on the review and revision is enclosed. For
more information, call (563) 381-3388 after 5 p.m.
Sgt. Paul Fisher Scholarships: NDIA is now accepting applicants for the awarding of two $1,000
SGT Paul Fisher Scholarships. Scholarship applications and eligibility criteria may be found at
http://www.ndia-ia-il.org/NDIA%20Scholarship_2.pdf. Applications must be postmarked March
17 or earlier. For more information, call (563) 381-3388 after 5 p.m.
Army Continuing Education Service: The Army Continuing Education Services (ACES) is
currently under a contract work stoppage. The contracted staff will not be available for services
until the work stoppage is lifted. For more information call (309) 782-2065.
The Rock Island Commissary makes fresh fruit baskets daily for you! Shopping for someone who
has everything? Problem solved. They are hungry for fresh fruit. Just buy them a fruit basket and
relax. Ask our friendly staff to make you one or order one in advance. Check out local specials and
get POC information HERE. For information on this and other Commissaries, visit:
Sales Flyers: Patrons can visit the AAFES website and sign up to receive free online sales flyers.
Exercise and Cold Weather – Stay Motivated, Fit and Safe: Winter can frustrate the most
motivated exercisers. And if you're not so motivated, it's all too easy to pack your workout gear
away with your summer clothes. But keeping up your exercise routine in cold weather can be
rewarding. For one thing, outdoor exercise is a sure cure for cabin fever and the winter blues. And it
increases energy, which can be sapped by gloomy weather. Exercise also bolsters your immune
system — studies show that moderate exercisers get 20 to 30 percent fewer colds than nonexercisers
do. And, you won't have to scramble to get in shape for swimsuit season. If you're not looking
forward to another winter of pounding endless miles on the treadmill or power walking the malls,
the good news is that you don't have to. With the right clothing and a little planning, cold-weather
exercise can be safe, effective and, yes, fun. (More)
Health Risks from Drinking Soda: At a picnic this weekend, I listened as an extended family
member nagged at kids to stay away from the cola and other types of soda pop being served. "They
rot your teeth," one grandmother admonished her grandkids. But she herself was drinking a big
glass of Diet Pepsi, and didn't seem aware of the irony of her pronouncement: It's actually older
women who are most at risk of health problems from drinking cola and other fizzy soft drinks.
Every six months or so, it seems, a new warning comes out about the dangers of drinking too much
soda. And you may feel you've heard it all. But a couple of new studies have led experts to begin
calling for a public health campaign to warn women about cola consumption. (More)
It's Not a Hangover, It's an Allergic Reaction: For people with allergies and asthma, toasting the
New Year could result in more than a hangover; it could also set off a variety of unpleasant
reactions, warns an organization of allergists. "It is usually not the alcohol itself that produces the
reaction. It is most likely ingredients, such as sulfur dioxide [metabisulfite], yeast and additives.
Common allergic reactions include hives, skin rashes, flushing and warmth of the skin,
bronchospasm or shortness of breath, especially in those with asthma," Dr. Clifford W. Bassett,
chairman of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology's Public Education
Committee, said in a news release. (More)
60 Minutes on Screwing America's Veterans: Sixty Minutes left out the
national veterans service orgs' complicity in screwing our veterans, the
document shredding, the abuse of the DVA police, C-file altering and fraud,
the Bush-Cheney administration and rightwing hostility, but the show offers
the public insight into a deplorable deny-delay culture that is common
knowledge among veterans and advocates. (More)
NARFE Service Center: Effective Jan. 7, the NARFE (National Active and Retired
Federal Employees) Office, will be relocated from Bldg. 102 to Bldg. 56, Room 103A.
Better parking. The office will only be open on Thursdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Phone
numbers remain unchanged (309) 782-0187 or (309) 782-1799.
Submit car pooling announcements via the Island Announcements page. Please use that page to
contact ROCK-RIA-PA to take your announcement off once you have found a ride.
Ride Wanted: Ride wanted from Camanche to Bldg. 350 call (563) 593-4531.
Ride Wanted: Ride wanted from the McClausand area to Bldg. 350. Current working hours
6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., but willing to adjust. Will pay. POC is email@example.com, (309)
782-0305 or (563) 320-6326.
Car Pool: Looking to share ride from NE Davenport (North of 46th St between Eastern &
Jersey Ridge Road) to Bldg. 104. Current hours are 6:45am to 4:15 pm, but can be changed.
Will drive or ride. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, (563)355-8858
Carpool: I am looking for someone to carpool with from Sterling/Rock Falls area. I work from
6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., but I have an AWS so I can be flexible. Contact (309) 782-6068,
Jan. 8-10: QCCA Bald Eagle Days
Jan. 17-19: QCCA QC Farm and Equipment Show
Jan. 22-24: QCCA Rod and Custom Show
Feb. 18-21: QCCA Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Show
Feb. 26-28: QCCA RV, Camping & Travel Show
March 26-28: QCCA Flower & Garden Show