Brig. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of the Army Sustainment Command, hosted a Rock Island Arsenal-wide town-hall meeting May 1 to outline his vision for the future of Arsenal Island. "We are trying not to focus so much on the noun 'Arsenal,' " Brig. Gen. Wharton said, "and focus more on the state-of-the-art technologies of information technology, supply chain, all of those kinds of things that will keep us relevant and keep us at the forefront." Brig. Gen. Wharton, the island's senior mission commander, described the Arsenal as an Army post with regional and global impacts. Being the largest employer in the Quad-Cities region, with more than 7,700 employees, the installation has a community impact of more than $1 billion per year and 14,000 local jobs. The 10 major commands located on the island support military members around the world through their manufacturing, research and development, sustainment, engineering and training missions. "Now that we own the installation Department of Logistics, we basically have most of the segment of the supply chain under Army Materiel Command for the Department of Defense," Brig. Gen. Wharton said. "If I were to talk about it in a business sense -- and if we are serious about getting after efficiency -- we own most of the global supply chain." The ASC was given operational control of installation Departments of Logistics, now known as Logistic Readiness Centers, in October 2012. Since the 73 LRCs are now under its purview, ASC exclusively manages field and sustainment maintenance, laundry, bulk fuel, property book, personal property, transportation, food service, supply, hazardous material operations, and ammunition for the entire Army. "Supporting the war fighter is job one," Brig. Gen. Wharton said. "That will never change." Hestressed that none of the 10 major commands on the island stands alone. Every mission of each command and tenant adds to the Arsenal's success. Brig. Gen.Wharton's vision also includes making the Arsenal an integral part of the Quad-Cities community by strengthening its partnerships with local companies, small businesses, and local academic institutions. "I want you to know that (my) staff -- my chief of staff and Command Sgt. Maj. (James) Spencer -- is actively involved in helping us to build it," he said. -- Submitted bySgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, Army Sustainment Command Public Affairs
Interns finish their time at the Arsenal Four months of learning and hard work came to an end April 19 for 15 Minority College Relations Program interns at the Rock Island Arsenal after they out-briefed a general officer on their accomplishments within the Army Sustainment Command and Joint Munitions Command. Brig. Gen. Kevin G. O'Connell, commanding general, Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command/Joint Munitions Command, watched the interns conduct their out-briefings in the ASC commanding general's conference room. Assisting Brig. Gen. O'Connell were Col. Scott Lofreddo, chief of staff, ASC, and Susan McKinnis, chief, Installation Contracting Division, Army Contracting Command. The internships began Jan. 7. The mission of the internship program is to develop collaboration within the commands, allowing minority institutions to participate and enhance the future readiness of each. The vision statement calls for expanding partnering opportunities between the Army and minority educational institutions. The internships allow college students, or those who recently graduated, an opportunity to work with Army civilian employees, contractors and soldiers. Interns in order of their out-briefings were: --Charles Johnson, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, ASC Equal Employment Opportunity Office. --Jessica Deharo, University of Texas at El Paso, ASC Office of Counsel, Congressional Affairs. --Jasmine Vinson, Alabama A&M University, JMC Enterprise Integration Office. --Sandy Favela, University of Texas at El Paso, ASC Resource Management. --Olivia Avila, University of Texas at El Paso, JMC Munitions & Logistics Readiness Center, ERP Systems Analysis and Reporting Division. --William Sanders, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, JMC Commodity Management Directorate -- Production Support and Maintenance Division. --Akima Huggins, Alabama A&M University, ASC Human Resources. --Matthew Hizon, University of Texas at El Paso, JMC Industrial Preparedness Division. --Yuan White, Alabama A & M University, ASC Financial Operations Division. --Jasmine Phillips, Prairie View A & M University, ASC Public Affairs Office. --Shaquita Banks, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, JMC Equal Employment Opportunity Office. --Elizabeth Ruiz, University of Texas at El Paso, JMC Worldwide Ammunition Reporting System Team. --Eric Ramirez, University of Texas at El Paso, ASC Engineering Division. The following interns did their out-briefing the day before: --Beth-April King, Alabama A & M University, Government Contact Administration. --James Mason, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, JMC -- Quality Directorate. In addition to explaining what work they completed, which in some cases included major projects, the interns also told of the lessons learned during their internships. Lessons included "driving in the snow," "time management and following a work plan to obtain solid results," learning the "cost of validation techniques," "participating and contributing to a team," "how to handle a colder climate," "too many acronyms," "importance of humility" and "living more independently," to name a few. After one briefing, Brig. Gen. O'Connell said one acronym worth remembering was "J-O-B," which drew laughter from attendees and interns. "My hat's off to the MCRP and those who mentored and helped the interns," he said. "America's future is very bright; just an outstanding presentation." -- Submitted byJon Micheal Connor,Army Sustainment Command Public Affairs
New inspector general sworn in at Arsenal Brig. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, and senior mission commander, Rock Island Arsenal, swears in Lt. Col. Joy Vetta Lewis as the command's official inspector general April 26 in his office. Lt. Col. Lewis' previously was assigned to the Distribution Management Center, Support Operations, 21st Theater Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany. A typical tour for an inspector general is three years. The inspector general's office supports the ASC commanding general in setting the morale and ethical climate through teaching and training, inspecting, inquiring, investigating, and assisting personnel throughout the command.
Soldier hones trainer/mentor skills for deploying units FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. – Several years ago, a young man from New Jersey found his way out west, and now he is a "Gunslinger." Sgt. 1st Class Donald Davis is a member of the 189th Infantry Brigade, Division West, 1st Battalion, 363rd Training Support Battalion, located in Dublin, Calif. It is a division of First Army Headquarters, Rock Island Arsenal, and its members are known as the Gunslingers. In 2001, Sgt. 1st Class Davis completed his active-duty service and embarked on a new career as an Army Reserve soldier. At Fort Sill, Okla., he trained battalion- and brigade-level staffs in the military decision-making process. But shortly after he joined the Gunslinger trainer/mentor team in California, the reserve unit geared up for a new mission. "The unit was mobilized for four to five years at Fort Bliss (Texas). Some guys stayed there for a while, running different lanes, and that's how my trainer/mentor process started," he said. Since 2005, Sgt. 1st Class Davis has honed his trainer/mentor skills to better prepare units for deployments. "Getting to see (soldiers) enhance their skills, helping them out with tasks, getting to see guys go downrange with the stuff you had to offer them swells my chest a bit," he said. Coming from active duty to the Reserve component wasn't an issue for Sgt. 1st Class Davis. "There really isn't any difference between the two," he said. "I think the Reserve soldiers' ages vary. Every rank has sort of a mixed bag of age and experience. On the active side, the leadership is somewhat older, and the junior guys are younger." At Fort Hunter Liggett, Sgt. 1st Class Davis has joined his Gunslinger unit for 14 days of annual training. Here, he makes sure the soldiers standing in as opposing forces are prepared for their mission by providing guidance and structure to their actions while maintaining the teaching points for the unit being trained. "We take the opposing forces out, brief them on what is going to take place, and rehearse whatever scenario is going to take place," he said. "We supervise them on what the embedded trainer/mentor wants them to do. We then make sure they are doing the right thing at the right time and right level." If complete chaos breaks out during the training, it could be a good thing and a bad thing, Sgt. 1st Class Davis said. "You stress the unit to see how they react to it and the tough situation. If they can handle the tough situation, then the normal stuff is a walk in the park," he said. "I expect the opposing forces to perform well, as well as the unit. If this happens, my job has been done." -- Submitted by Sgt. 1st Class Victor Gardner, 189th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division West, Public Affairs
Today is Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.