Rock Island Arsenal Digest - Feb. 17, 2013

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Command spotlight:US Army Sustainment Command

The Army Sustainment Command sustains U.S. and coalition forces at home and abroad in support of combatant commanders. ASC is an evolving organization, taking on new programs and functions, while adapting to the Army's changing missions.
ASC is one of nine major subordinate commands within the Army Materiel Command, located in Huntsville, Ala. As AMC's operational arm, ASC maintains and distributes materiel and services to soldiers through a network of seven Army Field Support Brigades, the Distribution Management Command, 20 Army Field Support Battalions and 73 Directorates of Logistics.
ASC has a presence in 28 states and 17 countries, and it employs 65,000 members of the military, civilians and contractors. The headquarters, located at the Rock Island Arsenal, employs more than 1,000 soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and contractors.
The command accomplishes its mission through a range of capabilities and programs designed to provide outstanding logistics support to soldiers in the field. They include:
— Lead Materiel Integrator: ASC serves as the Army's central hub for logistics services. LMI enables ASC to provide materiel according to Army priorities, to ensure the right equipment is provided in the right quantity and condition to the right place at the right time.
— Logistics Assistance Program: The Logistics Assistance Program is focused on the resolution of logistics-related problems to ensure unit readiness. Through the use of civilian logistics assistance representatives, the program provides support to units before, during and after deployment.
— Logistics Civil Augmentation Program: LOGCAP is a multibillion-dollar program that uses contracts for base and support services such as dining facilities, engineering, and morale, welfare and recreation services for Army, joint forces and coalition partners during combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian and training operations.
— Directorates of Logistics: DOLs enable the Army to deliver logistics supplies and services to Army units as they return to their home bases from deployment. Seventy-three DOLs around the world provide services such as ammunition management, food service, transportation, maintenance, and supply services.
From the Rock Island Arsenal, ASC reaches out to the world to provide soldiers with vital logistics capabilities, ensuring the Army is ready to accomplish its mission anytime, anywhere.

ASC honors 3 in quarterly
retirement, retreat ceremony

Three Army Sustainment Command personnel were recognized for their career achievements and a total of 75 years of service in a retirement and retreat ceremony on Jan. 31 at the Rock Island Arsenal.
James E. Salter Jr., Sgt. 1st Class Robert B. Haxton III and Staff Sgt. Raphinette K. Quinn were bade farewell by the command and well-wishers in a ceremony hosted by Brig. Gen. Duane A. Gamble, ASC deputy commanding general, held in Building 60.
"Today, during this ceremony, we honor and thank all of you for all that you've done for our three retirees over the years," Brig. Gen. Gamble said.
Mr. Salter, a 34-year civilian veteran who retired as a GS-13, served as the team leader for Army Prepositioned Stocks major-end items and was responsible for coordinating sourcing and disposal of those items during his nine-year tenure with ASC.
He has deployed to Europe, Kenya (in support of a Rwanda relief effort) and Iraq.
Mr. Salter also has served as a volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization of the Mississippi Valley, Quad-Cities, and Greater Charleston Area, S.C.
Sgt. 1st Class Haxton assumed duties in August 2010 as the provost marshal noncommissioned officer-in-charge for ASC. He is a native of Waukee, Iowa, and enlisted in the Army in May 1993. His deployments included Kosovo and Afghanistan.
He is an active member of the American Legion Chapter 639, Eldridge, Iowa.
Staff Sgt. Quinn assumed duties in January 2012 as a movement supervisor in ASC's Logistics Mobility Branch, Distribution Management Center. She enlisted in the Army in March 1992. Her deployments include Kuwait and Iraq, and she has supported operations affecting Afghanistan.
She is working on a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Central Texas College in her quest for a career in crime scene investigation.
The Army Sustainment Command sustains the Army and joint forces in support of combatant commanders around the world through logistics.
— Submitted by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs

UFC legend speaks at graduation

Army Sustainment Command Sgt. Walter Buck poses with former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Pat Miletich after a Modern Army Combatives Level 2 Tactical Combatives certification graduation ceremony Feb. 8 at the Rock Island Arsenal's fitness center. Mr. Miletich spoke to the six ASC soldiers about how the MAC program has been instrumental in the development of world-class fighters and the success of the sport. Sgt. Buck, Capt. Justin Bergen, Sgts. 1st Class Curtis Benjamin, Matthew Favory and David Stephenson, and Staff Sgt. Tony Reed gained their certificates after a grueling two-week course that teaches advanced hand-to-hand combat techniques and builds on the philosophies and methodology of the MAC program.

Q-C leaders visit Arsenal

Army Sustainment Command's Brig. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, center hosted a quarterly luncheon for the political leaders of the Quad-Cities Feb. 13 at historic Quarters 1 at the Rock Island Arsenal. Flanking Brig. Gen. Wharton areDavenport Mayor Bill Gluba, left, and ASC'sCommand Sgt. Maj. James Spencer. Middle row from left are Larry Minard, chairman of the Scott County Board of Supervisors; East Moline Mayor John Thodos; and Phil Banaszek, chairman of the Rock Island County Board. Top row from left are D. Scott Welker, ASC deputy to the commander; Moline Mayor Don Welvaert; Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley; and Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, ASC deputy commanding general.
ASC soldier drops puck Army Sustainment Command's Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Favory accepts the ceremonial puck from Quad City Mallards player Shayne Toporowski during Military Appreciation Night Feb. 8 at the i wireless Center in Moline. Sgt. 1st Class Favory was honored for his recent induction into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club. He dropped the ceremonial puck to start the game between the Mallards and the Bloomington Blaze.


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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