Rock Island Arsenal Digest - Feb. 10, 2013

Posted Online: Feb. 09, 2013, 10:14 pm
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Command spotlight: U.S. Army Contracting Command

Army Contracting Command-Rock Island (ACC-RI) is a professional workforce of about 550 civilian employees and a growing number of soldiers who provide global contracting support to the joint forces of the U.S.

ACC-RI supports the acquisition of ammunition, theater logistics operations, base life support, and chemical demilitarization of sites around the country. Civilians and soldiers work side by side to develop sound procurement solutions that answer the needs of the nation’s war fighters while keeping the needs of the taxpayer in mind.

ACC-RI was established in October 2008 as a regional contracting center falling under the Army Contracting Command (ACC), located in Huntsville, Ala. ACC brings together contracting capabilities into a structure that focuses on professional, ethical, efficient and responsive contracting operations. The command is dedicated to being the preeminent provider of contracting solutions that enable the Army’s global dominance.

Contracting is a specialized function of the Army, and employees at ACC-RI are held to high training standards. This training prepares new employees to properly plan, solicit, award and administer all contracts. Ongoing training for the workforce also is a priority, ensuring all employees are aware of and using the best contracting practices.

ACC-RI’s contracting work begins at home, supporting the contracting needs of the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison. These contracts keep the roads, grounds and buildings in repair and provide renovations. ACC-RI also addresses emergency situations that affect the island, such as occasional river flooding, triggering ACC-RI to procure barriers that safeguard the island.

Some of ACC-RI’s contracting expertise supports garrisons’ missions at military installations around the U.S. From maintenance of buildings and roads to large-scale renovations and construction, ACC-RI serves the needs of the nation’s installations.

Finally, the reach of ACC-RI's procurement solutions extends worldwide. It provides services to customers around the globe, including those located in the Middle East. The center has been recognized as a leader in procuring essential services of top quality in fast-paced, overseas environments.

Because of the excellent procurement solutions that have been developed and carried out, ACC-RI has become a “go-to” center for Army customers, as well as customers from the other joint services.

Sergeant Audie Murphy Club gets new member at Arsenal

The Army Sustainment Command hosted its first Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction ceremony on Jan. 17 at Heritage Hall in Building 60.

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew C. Favory was inducted into the prestigious noncommissioned officer-only association and serves as the provost marshal sergeant for ASC.

Sgt. 1st Class Favory, 27, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., enlisted two days after his graduation from Norwell High School in Ossian, Ind., in 2003. Since then, he has held numerous leadership and operations positions, including team leader, squad leader, platoon sergeant and drill sergeant.

He has served at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; and Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Sgt. 1st Class Favory is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in homeland security and emergency management from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.

He is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge and Combat Action Badge.

The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club recognizes Army noncommissioned officers in the ranks of corporal through sergeant first class who display exemplary leadership, characterized by personal concern for the needs, training development and welfare of soldiers. The club's namesake, Audie Murphy, rose to national fame as the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II.

Among his 33 awards and decorations he received the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for bravery that can be given.

To be inducted into the SAMC, a soldier must be recommended by his chain of command. After a noncommissioned officer is recommended, two challenging boards must be passed; they involve thoroughly knowing Sgt. Murphy's biography and providing responses based on leadership scenarios.

During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. John F. Wharton, ASC commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, ASC command sergeant major, presented Sgt. 1st Class Favory with the Sergeant Audie Murphy medallion and an Army Commendation Medal.

'They must prove that they're that good, that they deserve this honor,' said Brig. Gen. Wharton during the ceremony. 'It's grueling, but at the end of it, they have the distinction of being one of less than 10 percent of NCOs who are members.”

Sgt. 1st Class Favory said having several supervisors that were SAMC inductees helped shape and lead him to believe he could be like them -- a positive influence on the next generation of Army leaders.

'To be a part of the club means that now I get to be that (kind of an) NCO for a soldier out there,” he said. “They were very good leaders, and I attribute that directly to the success that I have had in the last nine years.'

-- Submitted by Jasmine Phillips, ASC Public Affairs


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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