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.

WELCOME TO THE ASC HISTORY OFFICE


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.

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL AT 160


The Rock Island Arsenal was established on 12 July 1862 by an act of Congress. Despite RIA being established on this date, the history of the U.S. military footprint in this region spans much longer. 2022 marks 160 years since this act passed, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share the grand and rich history that has made Rock Island Arsenal the apple of the Quad Cities, a national treasure, and how it's earned the right to say that it has produced readiness since 1862.

December in Rock Island Arsenal History

3 DEC 1863 The first Confederate POWs arrived at the Rock Island Prison Barracks.
21 DEC 1904 The first RIA produced M1903 Springfield is completed.
5 DEC 1905 Secretary of War William H. Taft signed the RIA Golf Club's new charter.
9 DEC 1918 COL Hillman issues orders requiring all RIA employees to wear facemasks.
1 DEC 1970 The Experimental Firing Center was opened and assigned to WECOM.
   

Army Materiel Command at Rock Island Arsenal

The history that leads to the Army Sustainment Command (ASC) is that of military logistics as a whole. Sun Tzu defined logistics as “A general science forming the most essential parts of the art of war.” Logistics has been a struggle that spans the age of war. From the age of conflict in the Roman Empire, to the French Army under Napoleon, to the D-Day Landings at Normandy, and the sustainment of Allies in the Global War on Terror, logistics has been the source of innovations and struggles.

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EVENTS


Date Time Title Location
14 DEC 2022 2:00 PM CST [RIA@160 Series] Army Materiel Command at Rock Island Arsenal Rock Island Library, Main
14 DEC 2022 6:00 PM CST [RIA@160 Series] Army Materiel Command at Rock Island Arsenal Davenport Public Library, Main
14 DEC 2022 6:00 PM CST [RIA@160 Series] Army Materiel Command at Rock Island Arsenal Online Program
11 JAN 2023 2:00 PM CST POWs Return: The Italian Quartermaster Service Company at Rock Island Arsenal Rock Island Library, Main
11 JAN 2023 6:00 PM CST POWs Return: The Italian Quartermaster Service Company at Rock Island Arsenal Davenport Public Library, Eastern
11 JAN 2023 6:00 PM CST POWs Return: The Italian Quartermaster Service Company at Rock Island Arsenal Online Program
14 JAN 2023 10:00 AM CST Quarters One Historic Tour Rock Island Arsenal, Quarters One

 

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AMAS-CEH
U.S. Army Sustainment Command
1 Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island, Illinois, 61299-6500
Command Historian 309.782.5046
Assistant Historian 309.782.2178
Archivist 309.782.2139
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