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Newsletters are published each month and distributed by the ASC History Office. Answers to the previous month's trivia, new trivia, and an archive deep dive are also available in each issue.
Current Edition: Volume 14, Issue 4 26 January 2024

This month's edition of the newsletter is all about experimental weapons - rather, the laboratories that researched, designed, developed, and led to the production of many innovative ideas during the Cold War: the WECOM Weapons Laboratories.

Trivia Answers for January 2024


Below are the answers for trivia in the most recent edition of the ASC History Newsletter. Check your knowledge and see how you did!

What was the unofficial name of the 280-mm Heavy Motorized Gun, M65? Atomic Annie
What weapon replaced the M16 rifle? M4 rifle
What was the alternative form of ammunition designed to be used in an environment without oxygen? Flechette

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ASC History Newsletters are uploaded monthly to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) around the 15th of each month. DVIDS acts as the main archive for digital media for the U.S. Army. You can access ASC History Newsletters in this format back to the first print in September of 2010.

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Volume I, Fiscal Year 2011
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
48220 Vol. 1, Issue 1A 15 SEP 2010 The Early History of Rock Island Arsenal
Quarters One
48223 Vol. 1, Issue 1B 15 OCT 2010 401st Army Field Support Brigade
Bagram Airfield
Fort Armstrong, Rock Island, IL
48225 Vol. 1, Issue 2 15 NOV 2010 402d Army Field Support Brigade
Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club
48228 Vol. 1, Issue 3 15 DEC 2010 403d Army Field Support Brigade
The First Bridge
48230 Vol. 1, Issue 4 15 JAN 2011 404th Army Field Support Brigade
The Black Hawk War
48232 Vol. 1, Issue 5 15 FEB 2011 405th Army Field Support Brigade
Rock Island Ordnance Center
48235 Vol. 1, Issue 6 15 MAR 2011 406th Army Field Support Brigade
Savanna Proving Ground
48237 Vol. 1, Issue 7 15 APR 2011 407th Army Field Support Brigade
Battle of Campbell's Island
48239 Vol. 1, Issue 8 15 MAY 2011 Distribution Management Center
Battle of Credit Island
48242 Vol. 1, Issue 9 15 JUN 2011 Army Reserve Sustainment Command
Educational Contracts
48245 Vol. 1, Issue 10 15 JUL 2011 Lead Materiel Integrator
Frontier Life During the American Indian Wars
48247 Vol. 1, Issue 11 15 AUG 2011 Logistics Civil Augmentation Program
U.S. Army & Strike Breaking
48249 Vol. 1, Issue 12 15 SEP 2011 Field Support
Sioux Uprising of 1862
Volume II, Fiscal Year 2012
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
48558 Vol. 2, Issue 1 15 OCT 2011 ASC Army Reserve Element
Ghosts in Quarters One?
48561 Vol. 2, Issue 2 15 NOV 2011 Logistics Assistance Program
Indian War Logistics
48563 Vol. 2, Issue 3 15 DEC 2011 Remembering Pearl Harbor
Christmas Day, 1911
48565 Vol. 2, Issue 4 15 JAN 2012 Sylvan Island and Republic Steel
RIA in the Spanish American War
48568 Vol. 2, Issue 5 15 FEB 2012 Directorate of Logistics
RIA Prison Barracks
48569 Vol. 2, Issue 6 15 MAR 2012 Creation of Army Materiel Command
Squatters on RIA
48570 Vol. 2, Issue 7 15 APR 2012 Armament, Munitions, and Chemical Command
Dred Scott
48572 Vol. 2, Issue 8 15 MAY 2012 Industrial Operations Command
A "Suitable Site" for a National Arsenal
48575 Vol. 2, Issue 9 15 JUN 2012 Operations Support Command
The Murder of George Davenport
48576 Vol. 2, Issue 10 15 JUL 2012 Rock Island Arsenal: The Heart of the Quad Cities
48579 Vol. 2, Issue 11 15 AUG 2012 Field Support Command
Italian Quartermaster Corps
48580 Vol. 2, Issue 12 15 SEP 2012 Army Field Support Command
Berchtesgaden
Volume III, Fiscal Year 2013
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
48591 Vol. 3, Issue 1 15 OCT 2012 Joint Munitions Command (JMC)
Telodynamic System
48594 Vol. 3, Issue 2 15 NOV 2012 Army Sustainment Command
Turkey vs. Eagle
48595 Vol. 3, Issue 3 15 DEC 2012 Timeline of Evolution to ASC
Sometimes all you can do is laugh
48596 Vol. 3, Issue 4 15 JAN 2013 The 279th Army Field Support Brigade, Alabama NG
To the East Bank of the Mississippi
48597 Vol. 3, Issue 5 15 FEB 2013 AMC Europe - 1982
Trading Post at Rock Island
48600 Vol. 3, Issue 6 15 MAR 2013 David Sears on Arsenal Island
Intertribal Warfare
48603 Vol. 3, Issue 7 15 APR 2013 Kingsbury at Harpers Ferry
Steam vs. Rail
48605 Vol. 3, Issue 8 15 MAY 2013 Watertown and Rock Island
1872 Iron Bridge
48606 Vol. 3, Issue 9 15 JUN 2013 LAP in 2000-2003
Guards of the Rock Island Prison Barracks
48609 Vol. 3, Issue 10 15 JUL 2013 LOGCAP Before Operation Iraqi Freedom
The Arsenal's First Building
48610 Vol. 3, Issue 11 15 AUG 2013 The Great Flood of 1993 at RIA
Rodman the Engineer
48613 Vol. 3, Issue 12 15 SEP 2013 Distribution Management Center
Early Arsenal Labor Disputes
Volume IV, Fiscal Year 2014
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
49475 Vol. 4, Issue 1 15 OCT 2013 401st Army Field Support Brigade
The Louisiana Purchase of 1803
49476 Vol. 4, Issue 2 15 NOV 2013 402d Army Field Support Brigade
The Shutdown of 1877
49478 Vol. 4, Issue 3 15 DEC 2013 403d Army Field Support Brigade
Black Squirrels of RIA
49480 Vol. 4, Issue 4 15 JAN 2014 404th Army Field Support Brigade
The Construction of Building 390
49482 Vol. 4, Issue 5 15 FEB 2014 405th Army Field Support Brigade
Antoine LeClaire - Founder of Davenport
49483 Vol. 4, Issue 6 15 MAR 2014 406th Army Field Support Brigade
The Infamy of John Looney
49486 Vol. 4, Issue 7 15 APR 2014 407th Army Field Support Brigade
History Preserved on Island
49487 Vol. 4, Issue 8 15 MAY 2014 Distribution Management Center
Unique Water on Arsenal Island
49490 Vol. 4, Issue 9 15 JUN 2014 U.S. Army Reserve Sustainment Command (ARSC)
Sanger and Steel Fraud
49491 Vol. 4, Issue 10 15 JUL 2014 Weapons Command (WECOM), RIA, and Vietnam
Lock and Dam Number 15
49492 Vol. 4, Issue 11 15 AUG 2014 Gulf of Tonkin Commemoration
The Red Ball Express
49494 Vol. 4, Issue 12 15 SEP 2014 ASC at 8
Beginnings of the Bettendorf Brothers
Volume V, Fiscal Year 2015
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
48644 Vol. 5, Issue 1 15 OCT 2014 Army Heraldry and the ASC Crest
RIA Rumors
48646 Vol. 5, Issue 2 15 NOV 2014 The 279th AFSB (ANG)
Creation of the Arsenal Sibilings
48647 Vol. 5, Issue 3 15 DEC 2014 LOGCAP Support Brigade
Rock Island Arsenal Holiday Celebrations
48649 Vol. 5, Issue 4 15 JAN 2015 The Industrial Operations Command as the Start of ASC
Machinist Apprentice School
48650 Vol. 5, Issue 5 15 FEB 2015 Evolution of ASC Part II
The Rock Island Arsenal in the Spanish American War
48653 Vol. 5, Issue 6 15 MAR 2015 Evolution of ASC Part III
Historical Heroes
48654 Vol. 5, Issue 7 15 APR 2015 Army Materiel Command Logistics Support Element - Southwest Asia
SGT Rock
48656 Vol. 5, Issue 8 15 MAY 2015 Gaining Control in Iraq - The Creation of AMC LSE-Iraq
Nick Fury
48657 Vol. 5, Issue 9 15 JUN 2015 From LSEs to AFSBs
Rock Island Arsenal Museum Preserves All Things RIA
48658 Vol. 5, Issue 10 15 JUL 2015 Standing up AFSBs, CONUS East and West
Dimock and Gould - Buckets on the Island
48659 Vol. 5, Issue 11 15 AUG 2015 Battle of Bad Axe - End of the Black Hawk War
U.S. Army & Strike Breaking
48660 Vol. 5, Issue 12 15 SEP 2015 Distribution Management Center
Sergeant Stubby - America's First War Dog
Volume VI, Fiscal Year 2016
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
48693 Vol. 6, Issue 1 15 OCT 2015 50 Years of the Logistics Assistance Program in Combat
Comanche: Survivor of Custer's Last Stand
48694 Vol. 6, Issue 2 15 NOV 2015 Army Sustainment Command
Cher Ami: Bird of Battle
48695 Vol. 6, Issue 3 15 DEC 2015 Remember Pearl Harbor
Rock Island Arsenal Holiday Celebrations
48698 Vol. 6, Issue 4 15 JAN 2016 The Palmoares Incident
ASC and Contracting
48700 Vol. 6, Issue 5 15 FEB 2016 The Fort Dearborn Massacre
The Evolution of APS
48701 Vol. 6, Issue 6 15 MAR 2016 Army Field Support Battalion - Africa
Fort Armstrong Time Capsule
48703 Vol. 6, Issue 7 15 APR 2016 Fort Armstrong's 200th Anniversary: 1816-2016
48704 Vol. 6, Issue 8 15 MAY 2016 Fort Armstrong 1816-1836: A Short History
48706 Vol. 6, Issue 9 15 JUN 2016 Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients Buried at the Rock Island National Cemeter
48708 Vol. 6, Issue 10 15 JUL 2016 The Declaration of Independence: 240th Anniversary
48710 Vol. 6, Issue 11 15 AUG 2016 401st Army Field Support Brigade
Apollo 11
48712 Vol. 6, Issue 12 15 SEP 2016 402d Army Field Support Brigade
15th Anniversary of 9/11
Volume VII, Fiscal Year 2017
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
48738 Vol. 7, Issue 1 15 OCT 2016 The Evolution of Army Sustainment Command
48739 Vol. 7, Issue 2 15 NOV 2016 The Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand
48742 Vol. 7, Issue 3 15 DEC 2016 The Zimmerman Telegram
48743 Vol. 7, Issue 4 15 JAN 2017 Unrestricted Submarine Warfare
48744 Vol. 7, Issue 5 15 FEB 2017 U.S. Army on the Mexico Border
48746 Vol. 7, Issue 6 15 MAR 2017 Declaration of War
48749 Vol. 7, Issue 7 15 APR 2017 AEF's Early Challenges with Coalition Warfare
48752 Vol. 7, Issue 8 15 MAY 2017 Cantigny
48754 Vol. 7, Issue 9 15 JUN 2017 AEF Training
48755 Vol. 7, Issue 10 15 JUL 2017 Gas, Gas, Gas!
48756 Vol. 7, Issue 11 15 AUG 2017 Lusitania
48757 Vol. 7, Issue 12 15 SEP 2017 Battle of Jutland
Volume VIII, Fiscal Year 2018
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
48760 Vol. 8, Issue 1 15 OCT 2017 Rock of the Marne
48763 Vol. 8, Issue 2 15 NOV 2017 Belleau Wood
48766 Vol. 8, Issue 3 15 DEC 2017 Rock Island Arsenal and the Mark VIII Tank
48768 Vol. 8, Issue 4 15 JAN 2018 Gallipoli
48771 Vol. 8, Issue 5 15 FEB 2018 Fighting in the Alps
48772 Vol. 8, Issue 6 15 MAR 2018 World War I Propaganda Posters
48774 Vol. 8, Issue 7 16 APR 2018 The Battle of Tannenberg
48775 Vol. 8, Issue 8 15 MAY 2018 The Brusilov Offensive
48776 Vol. 8, Issue 9 15 JUN 2018 Battle of St. Mihiel
48778 Vol. 8, Issue 10 16 JUL 2018 Verdun
Rock Island Arsenal's Contributions to the War
48781 Vol. 8, Issue 11 15 AUG 2018 First Army's 100th Anniversary
The Logistics of Moving an Army
48784 Vol. 8, Issue 12 14 SEP 2018 Meuse-Argonne
From the Archives: Arsenal Worker Tells of Battle
Volume IX, Fiscal Year 2019
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
48785 Vol. 9, Issue 1 15 OCT 2018 Last Battle of Ypres
Kaiser Bill's Halloween!!
48786 Vol. 9, Issue 2 15 NOV 2018 The Armistice
48789 Vol. 9, Issue 3 14 DEC 2018 The AEF in Soviet Russia
From the Archives: Yanks With Chief Reach Siberia Port
48791 Vol. 9, Issue 4 15 JAN 2019 The Rock Island Arsenal Museum
48794 Vol. 9, Issue 5 15 FEB 2019 Battle of Kasserine Pass
Camp McClellan
48795 Vol. 9, Issue 6 15 MAR 2019 The Strategic Bombing Campaign
The Boeing B-17 Superfortress
48797 Vol. 9, Issue 7 16 APR 2019 The Great Flood of 1993
The Graf Zeppelin Visits the Quad Cities
48798 Vol. 9, Issue 8 15 MAY 2019 The Allied Liberation of Rome
Rosie the Riveter at Rock Island Arsenal
48801 Vol. 9, Issue 9 14 JUN 2019 The Normandy Invasion
Brevetted Brigadier General Thomas J. Rodman
48804 Vol. 9, Issue 10 15 JUL 2019 The Government Bridge
The Hunt for the 1856 Bridge
48994 Vol. 9, Issue 11 15 AUG 2019 Operation Dragoon
Liberation of Guam
49496 Vol. 9, Issue 12 18 SEP 2019 Army Navy "E" Flag
Building 390
MAJ Kingsbury
Volume X, Fiscal Year 2020
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
49830 Vol. 10, Issue 1 9 OCT 2019 401st Army Field Support Brigade
The Ghosts of Quarters One
Atomic Annie
50345 Vol. 10, Issue 2 18 NOV 2019 402nd Army Field Support Brigade
Veterans Day Centennial
50669 Vol. 10, Issue 3 17 DEC 2019 Battle of the Bulge
Good Weather Prayer
51548 Vol. 10, Issue 4 15 JAN 2020 Battle of Luzon
Operation Downfall
52225 Vol. 10, Issue 5 26 FEB 2020 403d Army Field Support Brigade
Fort Armstrong
52522 Vol. 10, Issue 6 17 MAR 2020 First to Cross the Rhine
Operation Plunder
52874 Vol. 10, Issue 7 15 APR 2020 404th Army Field Support Brigade
Telodynamic System
52985 Vol. 10, Issue 8 20 MAY 2020 The German Surrender & V-E Day
From the Archives: Hostilities to Cease at 5 P.M.
53399 Vol. 10, Issue 9 16 JUN 2020 405th Army Field Support Brigade
Battle of Campbell's Island
55296 Vol. 10, Issue 10 15 JUL 2020 The Atomic Bombing of Japan
The B-29 Superfortress
509th Composite Group
55635 Vol. 10, Issue 11 21 AUG 2020 Women's Sufferage Movement: 100 Years Later
55803 Vol. 10, Issue 12 21 SEP 2020 406th Army Field Support Brigade
The 1872 Iron Bridge
Volume XI, Fiscal Year 2021
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
55941 Vol. 11, Issue 1 22 OCT 2020 407th Army Field Support Brigade
The Ghosts of Quarters One
T145 175 mm Gun
56084 Vol. 11, Issue 2 16 NOV 2020 Industrial Operations Command (IOC)
Armistice Day
56445 Vol. 11, Issue 3 18 DEC 2020 Harpers Ferry
Savanna Proving Ground
57386 Vol. 11, Issue 4 15 JAN 2021 Battle of Garmsir
First Battle of Seoul
57385 Vol. 11, Issue 5 16 FEB 2021 LOGCAP: The Early Days
Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait
57384 Vol. 11, Issue 6 15 MAR 2021 Operation New Dawn
Bettendorf Brothers
57907 Vol. 11, Issue 7 12 APR 2021 Battle of Inchon
The Colonel Davenport House
Unexploded Tallboy
58164 Vol. 11, Issue 8 20 MAY 2021 Operations Support Command
The Mark VIII Tank
58422 Vol. 11, Issue 9 22 JUN 2021 The Kosovo War
Rock Island Arsenal's Quarters Six
58621 Vol. 11, Issue 10 20 JUL 2021 Field Support Command
The Arsenal Siblings
58755 Vol. 11, Issue 11 20 AUG 2021 Battle of Heartbreak Ridge
Frontier Life During the American Indian Wars
58949 Vol. 11, Issue 12 15 SEP 2021 9/11 @ 20
Volume XII, Fiscal Year 2022

Note: Some issues of this volume were special editions only (10 & 11). As such they are displayed in the Special Editions section of the database.

Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
59371 Vol. 12, Issue 1 19 OCT 2021 ASC @ 15
59821 Vol. 12, Issue 2 22 NOV 2021 Battle of Ramadi
Atomic Artillery
60284 Vol. 12, Issue 3 21 DEC 2021 Pearl Harbor @ 80
Operation DESERT FOX
61456 Vol. 12, Issue 4 21 JAN 2022 The Middle East After the Great War
The Hussein Regime Ends
61975 Vol. 12, Issue 5 15 FEB 2022 The Battle of Midway
World War II Logistics in the Pacific Theater
63130 Vol. 12, Issue 6 18 MAR 2022 The 38th Parallel
The Super Bazooka
63484 Vol. 12, Issue 7 20 APR 2022 The Red Ball Express
SGT Stubby
63688 Vol. 12, Issue 8 13 MAY 2022 The Great Flood of 2019
Cher Ami: Bird of Battle
64220 Vol. 12, Issue 9 17 JUN 2022 Camp Lewis
"Powder River, Let'er Buck!"
65072 Vol. 12, Issue 12 15 SEP 2022 Battle of St. Mihiel, 1918
Volume XIII, Fiscal Year 2023

Note: Some issues of this volume were special editions only (1 - 3). As such they are displayed in the Special Editions section of the database.

Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
66114 Vol. 13, Issue 4 23 JAN 2023 Supplying Europe During the World Wars
66260 Vol. 13, Issue 5 14 FEB 2023 The Invention of the First Transportation Officer
66470 Vol. 13, Issue 6 17 MAR 2023 The Logistics System of the Roman Armies
66617 Vol. 13, Issue 7 24 APR 2023 Logistics of Napoleon's Army
66750 Vol. 13, Issue 8 16 MAY 2023 The Mother of All Landings: Supplying OVERLORD
66759 Vol. 13, Issue 8SE 16 MAY 2023 Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
66925 Vol. 13, Issue 9 13 JUN 2023 The Rock Island Arsenal Museum
67079 Vol. 13, Issue 10 21 JUL 2023 From a Red Ball to a Red Eye: The Berlin Airlift
67435 Vol. 13, Issue 11 21 AUG 2023 Planning Gone Typical: The Schlieffen Plan
67611 Vol. 13, Issue 12 22 SEP 2023 Before a Logistical Revolution: The Gulf War
Volume XIII, Fiscal Year 2024
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
67738 Vol. 14, Issue 1 13 OCT 2023 IOC to ASC: A Revolution of Military Logistics
68422 Vol. 14, Issue 2 28 NOV 2023 Rock Island Prison Barracks at 160 Years
68575 Vol. 14, Issue 3 15 DEC 2023 Field Support & Prepositioned Stocks: An Enduring Legacy
69522 Vol. 14, Issue 4 26 JAN 2024 Weapon Systems Laboratories & Rodman Labs
Rock Island Arsenal 160th Anniversary
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
61457 Vol. 12, Issue 4 SE 21 JAN 2022 The Battle of the Rock Island Rapids
61976 Vol. 12, Issue 5 SE 15 FEB 2022 Fort Armstrong
63130 Vol. 12, Issue 6 SE 16 MAR 2022 The Black Hawk War
63403 Vol. 12, Issue 7 SE 18 APR 2022 The Bridges at Rock Island
63689 Vol. 12, Issue 8 SE 17 MAY 2022 The Sentries of the Rock Island Prison Barracks
64219 Vol. 12, Issue 9 SE 17 JUN 2022 Prominent Figures at Rock Island
64375 Vol. 12, Issue 10 SE 7 JUL 2022 The Birth of a Grand National Arsenal
64699 Vol. 12, Issue 11 SE 4 AUG 2022 A Short History of Quarters One
65071 Vol. 12, Issue 12 SE 13 SEP 2022 A Road Tour of Rock Island Arsenal
65185 Vol. 13, Issue 1 SE 13 OCT 2022 SGT Christiansen's Cannon and Rock Island Arsenal
65646 Vol. 13, Issue 2 SE 18 NOV 2022 Army Materiel Command at Rock Island Arsenal
65982 Vol. 13, Issue 3 SE 19 DEC 2022 Preservation of History of Rock Island Arsenal

 

COVID-19 Special Edition
Link DVIDS ID Publication Date Title
56085 Vol. 10, Issue 6 SE1 30 MAR 2020 Rock Island Arsenal & Influenza (Part 1)
56086 Vol. 10, Issue 6 SE2 7 APR 2020 Rock Island Arsenal & Influenza (Part 2)
56087 Vol. 10, Issue 7 SE1 14 APR 2020 Rock Island Arsenal & Influenza (Part 3)
56088 Vol. 10, Issue 7 SE2 30 APR 2020 Rock Island Arsenal & Influenza (Part 4)
56089 Vol. 10, Issue 7 SE3 7 MAY 2020 Sports & Influenza