Rock Island Arsenal


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

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

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


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



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

Trees for Troops

Dec 1, 2016

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

head & shoulders shot of Rock Island Interim City Manager, Randy Tweet, wearing a dark jacket and tie
Randy Tweet

Instead of campaigning, a group of politicians in Rock Island is trying to get some work done. Tonight, aldermen will hear about whether the city should help Arsenal Island privatize its utilities. And the council may buy road salt for this winter.

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

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Members of the military and civilian employees paraded down Rodman Avenue on Arsenal Island Thursday. The Rock Island Arsenal held its annual "Join the Fight" march against domestic violence. 

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More than 9,000 flags will be placed at the Rock Island Arsenal tomorrow morning, to represent the people who lost their lives in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Friday, Arsenal Island will hold two events to commemorate the 15th anniversary.

First Army New Commander

Jul 14, 2016
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On Friday, a new leader will take over First Army. At a change of command ceremony on Arsenal Island, Major General Stephen Twitty will become the 38th commanding general.

Twitty comes to First Army from Fort Bliss, Texas, where he served as commanding general of the lst Armored Division and the Army Garrison.