On 2 May 2019, the Mississippi River at Locks and Dam 15 at the lower end of Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) reached a record flood stage of 22.7 feet. (Shown, a photo of the Old Moline Locks at the upper end of RIA.)
The original design for the airborne transport and artillery system was a multi-functional weapons platform. The aircraft could provide both close-air-support and field artillery support.
Members of Weapons Command (WECOM), including military and civilian observers, watch a test of the armored personnel carrier fitted with a flame projection system. This picture was taken at the Kingsbury Hardlot on Rock island Arsenal.


The ASC History Office exists to preserve the history of the command and its installations. The office collects documents pertaining to almost every facet of the command including its ammunition plants, depots, forward commands, Army Prepositioned Stocks program, staff and directorate offices.

As the senior command at Rock Island Arsenal, the ASC History Office also fulfills the role of the installation historical section.  The office team provides community outreach in the form of educational briefings, tours, and support.  The office works to tell the Army story, build esprit de corps within the organization and the installation, and provide local history in the context of the Army's history in the region.

Periodically, the History Office conducts oral history interviews. These conversations capture the thoughts and spoken words of commanders and employees throughout the command. Their contributions provide a "live" perspective to the operations and missions being conducted at ASC. Additionally, the office writes organizational histories, supports leader training, and advises the Commander on all matters of historical importance to the organization.

For more information on the history of our command, view our summarized history, located here.


Earlier in 2020, the ASC History Office compiled a series of newsletters on the 1918 Influenza.  These special editions were posted over the course of five weeks from 30 March thru 7 May.  Most of them focus on the local region and the observations of local media through the pandemic.  These special editions are also posted on DVIDS, and are specified below.

30 March 2020 7 April 2020 14 April 2020 30 April 2020 7 May 2020
Special Edition 1 Special Edition 2 Special Edition 3 Special Edition 4 Special Edition 5


Special Notice

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, all in-person lectures, talks, tours, and events are either cancelled or postponed until further notice.  World War II Lecture Series talks which are normally held at the Rock Island Public Library and Davenport Public Libraries will be posted live on the library Facebook pages.  Whether or not a talk/lecture will be posted live will be decided upon at the time of the previous lecture.  Any talks which are presented live may be subject to be rescheduled in person at one or both of these libraries.  Announcements regarding updates to the schedule will be made at a later date.  If you have further questions regarding the lecture series or upcoming events, please feel free to contact us and we will attempt to answer any questions you have.

List of Upcoming Events
Event StartTitleLocation
4/14/2021 6:00 PM [WWI Series] Rock Island Arsenal in World War I & Influenza Facebook Live
4/24/2021 5:00 PM Paranormal Tour of Quarters One Rock Island Arsenal Quarters One
5/12/2021 6:00 PM [WWI Series] Trench Warfare Facebook Live
6/9/2021 6:00 PM [WWI Series] Chemical Warfare Facebook Live
8/11/2021 6:00 PM [WWI Series] Pershing's First Army Facebook Live
10/13/2021 6:00 PM [WWI Series] AEF Siberia Facebook Live
11/10/2021 6:00 PM [WWI Series] The Armistice & the Occupation of Germany Facebook Live


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