Rock Island Arsenal Digest - March 17, 2013

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Command spotlight:Regional CHRA

One of seven Army civilian personnel regional offices, the North Central Regional Director's Office, is located at the Rock Island Arsenal, along with the Regional Processing Center and the Rock Island Arsenal Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.
The North Central Regional Director provides senior leadership and oversight of all civilian personnel advisory services, a centralized human-resources operations, fiscal program oversight and senior supervisory authority of human-resources staff within the region, providing personnel services to more than 55,000 Army and Department of Defense civilian appropriated-fund employees and more than 3,000 nonappropriated-fund employees.
The Civilian Human Resources Agency (CHRA), located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., exercises oversight over the civilian personnel organizations, consisting of regional operations centers and installation civilian-personnel advisory centers (CPACs). CHRA is part of the Army leadership's vision to streamline headquarters, create more agile and responsive staffs, reduce layers of review and approval, focus on mission and transform the Army.
Customers are dispersed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 28 overseas countries. The organization includes the North Central Processing Center, Rock Island, and CPACs located at the Rock Island Arsenal, Fort McCoy, Detroit Arsenal, Fort Belvoir, Fort Meade, Fort Sam Houston, Headquarters Department of Army, Joint Task Force Nation Capital Region Medical Command and Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Support Activity.
CHRA consists of highly skilled customer-service professionals who are "Partners in Excellence."

ASC donates computersto local school district

With the help of the Army Sustainment Command, about 100 computers have been donated from the Rock Island Arsenal to Riverdale Community Unit School District 100.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed an executive order mandating that the federal government donate excess and outdated computers to schools and nonprofit organizations.
The Department of Defense Computers for Learning Program, or CLP, focuses on four major developments in American education: making modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom, providing teachers with the professional development they need to use new technologies effectively, connecting classrooms to the National Information Infrastructure and encouraging the creation of excellent educational software.
The Arsenal donated desktop computers, laptops and monitors that students will use in their computer labs and libraries.
These units will primarily be used in the middle school and high school.Riverdale schools have about 1,140 students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
Judy Keplinger, technology coordinator for the district, picked up the computers, which will replace computers that are more than 10 years old.
"This is great for us. With state budget reductions and no ability to buy new computers, this helps us out a lot," Ms. Keplinger said. "It's close, and they are free. This is the fifth trip that I made to the Arsenal over the past two years."
Therese Roof and Chad Baetke, employees of the Arsenal Directorate of Logistics, are in charge of making sure that the computers are working properly and that their hard drives have been wiped of data before they are sent to area schools.
Once computers are inspected, they are put in queue to be distributed to schools.
"I think this is great. The computers are 760 and 755 Dell models … a nice upgrade for the schools at no cost," said Sherrill Benson, property disposal specialist, Defense Logistics Agency.
Beneficiaries in 2012 included Jordan Catholic School, Rock Island; Riverview Middle School, Barron, Wis.; Carlton High School, Carlton, Minn.; and Seton Catholic Elementary School and Middle School, Moline.
Schools and organizations that qualify for the program can fill out an online request at the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office website,
For agencies on the Arsenal that wish to participate in the Computers for Learning Program, guidance can be found at:, or by calling 309-782-2202.
-- Submitted by Jasmine Phillips,ASC Public Affairs

ASC receives awardsin Army competition

Army Sustainment Command placed in 10 categories, taking home 11 awards, including six first-place finishes, in the major command-level judging of the Army's 2012 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Communications Competition.
Jon Connor, a public-affairs specialist with the ASC Public Affairs Office, won six individual awards, including three first-place finishes.
First-place awards by category included:
--Community Relations Program: Speakers bureau to support patriotic holidays, Public Affairs Office.
-- Community Relations Individual Achievement: Command historian - community outreach, George Eaton, command historian.
-- Commentary: "What 9-11 was, is for me 11 years later" by Jon Connor, Public Affairs Office. Story link:
-- Sports Article: "ASC soldier runs half-marathons for cancer charities" by Jon Connor, Public Affairs Office. Story link:
-- Photojournalism: "401st AFSB working mission in Afghanistan" by Jon Connor, Public Affairs Office. Link to story, photos:
-- Individual Photograph: "Soldiers qualify for 2012 Olympic wrestling team" by Galen Putnam, Public Affairs Office. Photo link:
Second-place honors included:
--Web-Based Publication: "Global eLine," ASC Public Affairs Office. Website:
-- Human Interest Feature Article: "ASC guest speaker tells story of daughter's suicide" by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs Office. Story link:
-- Website: Army Sustainment Command website, ASC Public
-- Photojournalism: "Alaskan battalion experiences extreme winter conditions to support soldiers" by Jon Connor, Public Affairs Office. Link to story, photos:
Third-place awards included:
--Personality Feature Article: "Air Force captain becomes Army specialist in career change" by Jon Connor, Public Affairs Office. Story link:
At this level of judging, ASC competed against sister units falling under Army Materiel Command, a four-star command. First-place winners have been submitted to the Department of the Army for further competition at the DA level.
The Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Awards Competition recognizes soldiers and Department of the Army civilian employees for excellence in furthering the objectives of the Department of the Army Public Affairs program. The Secretary of the Army sponsors this competition annually.
The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs at the Pentagon conducts judging.
The award is named in honor of Maj. Gen. Ware, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1945 and served as the deputy chief and chief of information for the Army, now the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, from September 1964 through November 1967. Hewas killed in 1968 when the helicopter he was riding in was shot down in Vietnam.
-- Submitted by ASC Public Affairs

Observing Women's History Month

Kristi Mindrup, Western Illinois University assistant vice president, speaks to soldiers and civilians about women and education during the Rock Island Arsenal's Women's History Month Observance March 11 inside Heritage Hall. Dr. Mindrup was the guest speaker for the Army Sustainment Command-sponsored event, which celebrated women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Other speakers included ASC's Sgt. 1st Class Stacey Everett, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Robert Land and Col. Robin Moralez.

JMC employee retires after 40 years of service

How many people can say they have worked for the federal government for 40 years? Not too many, but Joint Munitions Command's Tony Rosata at the Rock Island Arsenal can.
Mr. Rosata's career began in January 1973, when he entered the U.S. Air Force with security police. He retired March 8, 2013, as a senior security specialist.
In 1977, after his military stint, Mr. Rosata obtained a job at Senica Army Depot in Romulus, N.Y., not far from his hometown of Waterloo, N.Y.
"When I started working at Seneca Army Depot as a GS-4 security guard, I made a little over $8,000 per year. I'm ending this chapter in my life as a GS-13," said Mr. Rosata.
Seneca Army Depot was closed in 1995, and Mr. Rosata relocated to the JMC at the Rock Island Arsenal as a security specialist.
A year later, Mr. Rosata became the first anti-terrorism officer at JMC. After 9/11, he worked in the Operations Center, coordinating security and requirements for anti-terrorism efforts.
In late 2008, Mr. Rosata took on the senior security specialist job.
As he retired, Mr. Rosata said, "I will miss the people, especially our physical security team, which is the best. Working with them has been a pleasure."
He said his plans for retirement are simple: Go to the gym, play a lot of golf, attend his grandkids' sporting events, and travel. He and his wife, Clare, plan to visit historical places such as Deadwood and Wounded Knee, S.D.; Tombstone, Ariz.; and Dodge City, Kan.
--Submitted by Linda Loebach, JMC Public Affairs


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