Arsenal factory featured on PBS documentary to air Oct. 16


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Press release submitted by Rock Island Arsenal

Arsenal factory featured on PBS documentary to air on Tuesday night

RIA-JMTC Public Affairs Office

The Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (RIA-JMTC) will be featured on a documentary entitled "The Mighty Mississippi with Sir Trevor McDonald" Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. on WQPT.

The documentary follows renowned British broadcaster, Sir Trevor McDonald, on an epic 2,000 mile journey along the great Mississippi River to discover why it is the most important river in the United States. His journey begins in the Gulf of Mexico where the river flows into the sea, and ends at the river's source near the Canadian Border.

Along his journey, he stops at RIA-JMTC where Col. James O. Fly, Jr, commander RIA-JMTC, tours him around the only vertically integrated metal manufacturing facility in the Department of Defense. On the tour, Col Fly highlights many of the Arsenal's unique capabilities and shows how the Arsenal is supporting Soldiers today.

The three part series originally aired in April on United Kingdom's ITV1 network.




















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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