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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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