Hooah! Quad Cities, an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber, is a resource center for military members, veterans and military families, and a link for members of the greater Quad Cities community to connect with the Rock Island Arsenal. Hooah! Quad Cities connects service organizations, businesses, the military community, and civic leaders to support the Armed Forces and advance the goal to maintain the Rock Island Arsenal as a regional and national asset.
The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The 2014 list includes more than 1,800 schools.
The U.S. Army Garrison at the Rock Island Arsenal on Thursday welcomed its first command sergeant major. CSM Melissa Judkins became the official command sergeant major of the garrison during a 9 a.m. assumption of responsibility ceremony on the south lawn of Quarters One. She will work under the direction of Col. Elmer Speights Jr., the garrison commander.
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker was officially recognized as the commander of First Army in an Assumption of Command ceremony held at Memorial Park at Rock Island Arsenal today.
The Merit Systems Protection Board, overwhelmed by thousands of furlough appeals from Defense Department employees, has frozen processing of those cases to gain “a better understanding of the claims being raised” and other factors, according to a recent notice posted on the agency’s web site.
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Congressional staffers from Iowa and Illinois will be apprising elected officials on the status of Arsenal Island, its various missions and future following a day's worth of briefings here Aug. 13.
WASHINGTON, DC --Illinois State Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law House Bill 2353, “Higher Ed-Military-Tuition,” which grants state residency to student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, allowing them to qualify for in-state tuition.
Chicago & Washington: In an effort to help young Army soldiers get good jobs after they complete their military service, Exelon Corporation and the U.S. Army yesterday signed an agreement to partner in the Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program
Via National Defense: Just weeks before the beginning of a new budget year, there is no clarity on the 2014 spending plan for the Defense Department, or any other agency for that matter. For defense industry, such utter lack of insight into how the Pentagon will spend its funding over the coming months and years is unprecedented.
TRICARE Prime Legislation Passes House
Legislation (H.R. 1971) that would require the Defense Department to offer the TRICARE Prime managed health care option in places where the department plans to discontinue the program was passed by the House as part of the defense authorization bill. Due to a policy change, more than 170,000 veterans across the country who live outside 100 miles of a military treatment facility will lose access to TRICARE Prime on Oct. 1, 2013.
Introduced by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the legislation would afford every affected veteran the opportunity to continue their enrollment in TRICARE Prime or move to TRICARE Standard, depending upon which plan best fits their needs.
(Rock Island Arsenal, IL) Governor Quinn visited the Quad City Manufacturing Lab (QCML), located at Rock Island Arsenal, during a visit to the Quad Cities region. The public private partnership between QCML and Western Illinois University is a model for innovative collaboration for economic development and education.
Two local leaders, Tara Barney, CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and Kerry Skinner, President of the Rock Island Arsenal Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, recently returned from a week long National Security Seminar at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA.
(Bettendorf, IA) After the Army decided to cancel the Army Birthday Ball due to sequestration, it fell to the community to ensure the tradition of honoring our soldiers continued. The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Rock Island Arsenal Chapter of AUSA stepped in, and with a new twist, determined that the Quad Cities would celebrate all the Armed Forces on this very important birthday.
(Quad Cities )– The Quad Cities was named one of America’s Top Military Friendly Communities by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine this week. The rankings compared 381 metropolitan cities, putting the Quad Cities among the top 12.5 percent of metros across the country. The ranking was based on the number of veteran-owned businesses, job openings at military friendly employers and the number of military friendly school campuses, as well as cost of living and the unemployment rate.
On June 15th the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and Rock Island Arsenal Chapter of the Association of the United States Army will be hosting a community celebration to honor the Army's birthday and the men and women who serve. All are welcome to attend this black-tie, formal affair supporting the Quad Cities Military Community.
A Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Member and active community participant, DynCorp International (DI), has been awarded the Prime Contractor Small Business Subcontracting Award by the U.S. Department of State Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business. The award recognizes companies that award the most subcontracting dollars to small businesses. DI is one of only three awardees honored for fiscal year 2012. The Quad Cities is proud to have DynCorp in our community and look forward to the companies continued success.
Trinity Regional Health System Joins We Hire Vets
We Hire Vets Partner, Fluor, Helps Vets Find Employment
Fluor contributed $100,000 to an initiative to assist veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.
Fluor announced a $100,000 contribution to the National Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) program. In response to the United States’ economic challenges, the chamber and the National Chamber Foundation founded Hiring Our Heroes – an initiative to assist veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.
Fluor is dedicated to communities and their economic development and supports initiatives like HOH that help match the skills of our veterans with career and job opportunities.
On behalf of the community, we would like to thank Brigadier General John Wharton, Army Sustainment Command commanding officer and senior mission commander of the Rock Island Arsenal, for his efforts to engage civic community leaders in the Quad Cities. "Engagements like this enhance relations between the military and nearby civilian communities. Additionally, they provide a direct avenue for leaders to discuss current affairs and future plans that may affect each community." We look forward to continuted communication with our military partners to move the Quad Cities forward as a great military commuity.
Let us know about upcoming events in the community - email Hooah@QuadCitiesChamber.com!
April: Month of Military Child
April 1 - 3:00 p.m.
Peach Blossoms in a Post-Military World: Working with Iraq-Era Student-Veterans
Presented by distinguished faculty lecturer Dr. David Rohall
Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, 3561 60th Street, Moline, IL - Room 102
Following the lecture there will be refreshments and time for questions and discussion. This event is free and open to the public
April 5 - 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Army Community Services, US Army MWR and US Army Child, Youth & School Services Hosts Youth Summertime Activities Expo
Rock Island Arsenal Fitness Center
Come learn what is available to you for you and your children 0-18 years old during the summer months. This expo will have four major categories: Summer Fun and Activities, Day and Resident Camps, Volunteer Opportunities and Education.
This event is free and open to the public.
More information: 309.782.0791
April 7 Eat Wings, Raise Funds
11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. AND & 7:30 p.m. until close
Buffalo Wild Wings, Moline, IL
Support the RIA Sergeant Audie Murphy Club by eating lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings Moline, IL. 10% of proceeds will benefit the club.
April 8, 7:00 p.m. American Experience “1964”
Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: Follow prominent and ordinary Americans whose actions began to turn the country onto a new course. Highlights include Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barry Goldwater and Betty Friedan.
April 9, 8:00 p.m. John Glenn: A Life of Service
Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: The documentary chronicles this American hero, born in Ohio, who has dedicated himself to a life of duty and public service. From a war pilot to being the first American to orbit the Earth to his days in the Senate – and at 77 years of age becoming the oldest person to go into space – the viewer is transported to the pivotal moments in John Glenn’s life when he put country before self.
April 12 Western Illinois University Macomb campus Annual Military Ball
6:00 p.m. social followed by dinner, program and dancing.
RSVP by April 4th to email@example.com
April 12 – Operation: Family Timeout
Swimming, games, snacks and a 4-H activity
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – pick up between 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
April 13, 8:00 p.m. Civil War: The Untold Story “Bloody Shiloh”
Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: The fighting in the hellish terrain around Shiloh in 1862 is some of the most brutal of the war.
April 15 Combat to College: Educational Partnerships Assisting in Student Veteran Success
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Illinois State University Bone Student Center Ballroom
Conference is free to Illinois student veterans
RSVP and learn more at http://iccbdbsrv.iccb.org/combattocollege/register.cfm
April 15 8:00 p.m. Rock Island Arsenal: Inside the Gates
Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT, Courtesy of Collaborative Partner CBS4
A look at Quarters One, the Railroad Bridge, the Springfield rifle, and much more, plus a personal profile of U.S. Army Chaplain Major Scott Fluegel.
Wednesday, April 16 8:00 p.m. Escape in the Pacific: 1943
Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: This program delivers a dramatic, gripping account of one of the most remarkable incidents of World War II — the only successful group to escape from a Japanese POW camp. On April 4, 1943, 10 American prisoners of war — survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and the Fall of Corregidor — and two Filipino convicts carried out a daring escape from one of Japan's most notorious (and reputedly escape-proof) prison camps, the Davao Penal Colony located on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
Saturday, April 19 - Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Memorial Park, Rock Island Arsenal, IL
(Inclement weather location will be building 150 or fitness center)
Join us for an Easter egg hunt for ages 0-15, photos with the Easter Bunny, a Teddy Bear Clinic, and Easter Contests.
Contact: 309.782.2828 or http://www.riamwr.com/event/easter-egg-hunt/
Sunday, April 20 8:00 p.m. Civil War: The Untold Story “A Beacon of Hope”
Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: Significant Civil War battles are explored with insight from experts and realistic battle footage.
Tuesday, April 22 8:00 p.m. Rock Island Arsenal: Inside the Gates
Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT, Courtesy of Collaborative Partner CBS4: A look at the Ballistic Testing facility, drop-hammer forging, the Arsenal Foundry, the Ten Stone shops, and more, plus a personal profile of David Blaylock, Testing Branch Chief.
Wednesday, April 23rd 11:00 p.m. Miller’s Center American Forum “The Greatest Generation? America’s Uncertain Entry in WWII”
Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: The years leading up to America's entry into World War II are discussed by authors Lynne Olson ("Those Angry Days") and Richard Moe ("Roosevelt's Second Act").
Tuesday, April 29 8:00 p.m. Stories Honor Flight
Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT, Courtesy of Collaborative Partner CBS4: A look at honor flights made in October 2013. Veterans on these flights include Paul Satterthwait and Bill Davis. Three veterans on the flight get surprises in DC.
Tuesday, April 29 9:00 p.m. Eagles of Mercy
Embracing Our Military Program on WQPT: Recounts the story of two American medics from the 101st Airborne who parachuted into Normandy.
Friday, May 9 - Military Family Fun Night with Elmo
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Sky Deck - Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport, IA
The USO of Illinois Discovery Kids Program invites military children to a special evening of crafts, learning, pizza, and FUN with Sesame Street's Elmo! All children will receive goodie bags and tickets to the Quad Cities River Bandits baseball game at 7:00 p.m. Free participation is available to Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Retired military children only. RSVP and learn more at https://www.events.org/creg.aspx?e=13940&m=10