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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.

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NEWS

 Converting Military Training to a Rewarding Civilian Career

The Bix 7 Wants You For a Patriotic 40th Anniversary; Aiming for a Field of 20,000

Rick McGrath Leads 2014 Quad-City Times Bix 7 Military Salute

Governor Quinn Launches Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket 

Unity Point Health Trinity Announces New Initiative For Veterans

Governor Quinn Announces Program to Help Service Members Find Civilian Employment 

What is Open, What is Closed on Rock Island Arsenal During Shutdown

Government Grinds to a Halt at RIA

Black Hawk College Named Military Friendly School for 4th Year 

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.

US Army Garrison Command Sergeant Major Assumes Responsibility for Rock Island Arsenal

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.

LTG Tucker Takes Charge As New Commander of First Army

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. 

MSPB Suspends Processing of DoD Furlough Appeals

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.

Army Sustainment Command Briefs Congressional Staffers On Evolving Global Reach and Critical Missions

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.

Illinois Passes In-State Tuition for Veterans

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.

Exelon Corp Partners with U.S. Army to Hire Veterans 

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

Defense Industry Remains in the Dark on Budget Decisions

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.

 GI Benefits Transferrable to Spouse or Child

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.

Governor Quinn Praises Quad City Manufacturing Lab Public Private Partnership

(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 Quad Cities Leaders Attend National Security Seminar at Army War College

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.

Quad Cities Community Steps Up to Host Army Birthday Celebration 

(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 Named Top 50 Military Community!

(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.

Island Insight for the Week of May 28 

Join Community Leaders at the Quad Cities Military Salute Gala

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.

Local Company DynCorp Leading the Way in Veteran Hiring

DynCorp International Wins Department of State Prime Contractor Subcontract Award

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.

Veteran-Owned Business Opportunities with the State of Illinois

Sequestration Hitting Small Business Hardest

DoD Program to Help Stressed Military Parents

Over 100,000 Veteran and Military Spouses Hired Nationwide in U.S. Chamber's Hiring Campaign

Military Children Express Sacrifice Through Art, Writing

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.

Civic Leaders Visit With Senior Mission Commander of Rock Island Arsenal

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.  

Army Sustainment Command's Commanding General Nominated for Promotion

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin Named Chairman of Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

Alcoa Foundation Promotes Careers in Manufacturing with Returning Veterans

Army Budget Cuts' Effect on RIA Unknown

Military to Civilian Transition and Resume Reviewing Workshop - January 21

Monthly Premium E-Payment Deadline Looming for TRICARE Reserve Select and Retired Reserve

Military Service Could Mean College Credit

IL Department of Veterans Affairs Newsletter Released

Davenport Central Student Tribute to Fallen Alumni

AUSA Family Programs Update

VA Says Most Vets Still Unaware of Benefits

Contracting Jobs Heading to Rock Island Arsenal 

Veterans to Entreprenuers Event November 20 in Rockford

AECOM Awarded Five Year Base Operations Contract from U.S. Army 

Exelon Nuclear Named Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers

Re-Employment Services Workshop for Veterans coming up November 14

We Hire Vets Initiative Launched!

Veterans Day: Discounts and Freebies

State of Illinois Sets Date for Inaugural Women Veterans Fair for October 27

Arsenal Factory Featured on PBS Documentary

Veterans Day Free Meal Tracking Site 

Quad Cities Defense Contractor Cobham Lands New Deal

Army Strengthens Suicide Prevention

Army Sustainment Command Take Over Logistics Operation

Black Hawk College Designated a Military Friendly School

USO of Illinois Breaks Ground at Rock Island Arsenal

RIA Assistance Visit Bring Leaders Together at Rock Island Arsenal

QC Honors Patriots Day with Various Events

Cobham Wins $15 Million Apache Helicopter Contract

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hosting Veteran Small Business Summit September 28

Black Hawk College Honored by USO for Military Help

Gov. Quinn Launches Program to Connect Veterans with Growing Businesses

Deadline for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Extended to October 2012

Rock Island Arsenal Named Center of Excellence for Add-On-Armor

QCA Born Soldier Laid to Rest

Act of Kindness for Wounded Warriors

Leaders React Positively to President's Support of Rock Island Arsenal

Army Acquisition Executive Visits Rock Island Arsenal-JMTC

Thousands Help Celebrate 150th

Rock Island Arsenal Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Rock Island Arsenal Marks 150 Years, Community Rallies in Support

Celebrate the Rock of Our Community

The Mission: Throw a Great Birthday Party

R.I. Arsenal Milestone Ties in with Red, White & Boom!

Quad Cities Region Named 2012 All-America City Based on Plan to Improve Third Grade Reading

Schilling and Loebsack Honor Rock Island Arsenal's 150 Years of Service to the Nation

USO Band Brings Sense of History to Red, White & Boom

$200,000 Grant Will Help Area Veterans

Body of Cpl. Luxmore Returns with Hero's Procession

Rock Island Arsenal Celebrates 150th Anniversary

New Windsor Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Symposium Aims to Link Large, Small Businesses

Palmer College Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program

Vets Navigate New Terrain - the Job Market

Sustainment Command at RI Arsenal takes on key duty

EAGLE Program Could Help QC Businesses

A Call to Duty, Retired Soldier Continues to Serve Community

Lobbyists Keep Q-C Issues Alive in D.C.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Voices Support for Arsenal

Arsenal Announces New Public-Private Partnership

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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.
Cost: $30
RSVP by April 4th to ll-menke@wiu.edu

April 12 – Operation: Family Timeout
Davenport YMCA
Swimming, games, snacks and a 4-H activity
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – pick up between 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Contact: 309.756.9978

 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 WQPTSignificant 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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