Posted Online: July 06, 2013, 9:34 pm
Rock Island Arsenal Digest - July 7, 2013
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Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command and Rock Island Arsenal, greets Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn outside ASC headquarters at the Rock Island Arsenal on July 1, 2013.
Col. James O. Fly Jr.
Issac Lund, 8 months, receives an 'Army Brat' certificate of appreciation from D. Scott Welker, deputy to the commander, Army Sustainment Command, as Sgt. 1st Class Travis Lund and his wife, Laura, look on. Sgt. 1st Class Lund is retiring after 20 years of service.
ASC hosts governor, other officials
The Army Sustainment Command hosted the governor of Illinois, the commanding general of the Army Material Command, the assistant secretary of defense (logistics and materiel readiness), and other distinguished visitors during a July 1 visit to the Rock Island Arsenal.
Gov. Pat Quinn received a briefing on ASC and Arsenal tenants from Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command and Rock Island Arsenal. Gen. Dennis Via, AMC Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Riling, and Alan Estevez also received a briefing and toured the island.
Gov. Quinn visited the ASC, Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory and other areas of the island. Mr. Estevez visited ASC, Logistics Civil Augmentation Program personnel, Army Contracting Command – Rock Island, and Joint Munitions Command.
Gen. Via and Sgt. Maj. Riling also toured ASC and JMC, and met with Quinn, state legislators and a congressional staffer.
Gen.Via's wife, Linda, and Melinda Riling, the wife of Sgt. Maj. Riling, also toured the island, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Wharton's spouse, Rebekah. Col. Elmer Speights Jr., commander, Installation Management Command – Rock Island, and his wife, Norricia, served as their hosts.
Gen. Via participated in the JMC change of command, with Mr. Estevez and Sgt. Maj. Riling in attendance, on July 2.
-- Submitted by Army Sustainment Command Public Affairs
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Arsenal factory commander's tenure to end July 11
Col. James O. Fly Jr. has been in command of the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center for more than 34 months. His tenure will come to a close on July 11, when he turns the command over to Col. David J. Luders.
"My command here at the Arsenal has been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined, and I will miss being a part of this phenomenal operation and team," Col. Fly said. "My wife, Ella, and my sons have called the Quad-Cities home for more than four years, during which we could not have asked for better support from the community and Arsenal Island."
Col. Fly was assigned to the Army Sustainment Command at the Rock Island Arsenal prior to taking command of the manufacturing facility. Following the change of command, he will return to the Army Sustainment Command prior to retiring at the start of next year.
"Ella and I look forward to staying in the community for the near future," Col. Fly said. "My son is getting close to graduating from high school, and we think this is a perfect place for him to earn a high school diploma."
Col. Luders will take over as the 47th commander of the Arsenal's JMTC. He comes to RIA-JMTC from the U.S. Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command, where he served as the military deputy commander of the G-3 (Operations) at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
"Dave Luders has already visited this Arsenal four times over the past year. He understands the value of our Arsenal, this national treasure," Col. Fly said. "His strong advocacy for and leadership of the Arsenal means the future continues to burn bright for Rock Island Arsenal, its employees, and the community as a whole."
The change of command will take place at 9 a.m. July 11 on Arsenal Island.
-- Submitted by Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center Public Affairs Office
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Commander offers July 4th message
Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command and Rock Island Arsenal, shares the following thoughts aboutIndependence Day:
On July 4, 1863, the United States of America marked an Independence Day like no other before or since. Confederate Army units were retreating southward from the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, where the bloodiest battle ever fought on the North American continent had just concluded. Soldiers from both sides had fought with extraordinary courage and determination, and families in the North and South were about to receive terrible news about the loss of loved ones.
Four months later, President Abraham Lincoln stood on that battlefield and delivered a speech widely regarded as the best ever in American history, if not world history. President Lincoln stated that the land on which he stood had been consecrated, not by his words, but rather by the deeds of those who fought and died there. He called for a "new birth of freedom," and promised that "government of the people, by the people, for the people" would carry on, and take root elsewhere.
Cast-iron plaques marked with the 272 words of the Gettysburg Address were first produced at Rock Island Arsenal in 1908, and replacement plaques were made here several years ago. The plaques have been placed at Rock Island National Cemetery and other national cemeteries across the nation, serving as silent testimony explaining why those who are buried at these sites have earned our highest esteem.
Today, exactly 150 years after Gettysburg, America stands united and free, thanks to the valor and sacrifice of the brave men and women who have served our nation in uniform throughout the years and who continue to serve today. Let us always remember that our nation was formed by those willing to fight for freedom, and remains strong today thanks to those still willing to defend freedom. Let us always support those who defend us, and let us join them in creating "a new birth of freedom" throughout the world.
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ASC honors 12 retiring members
The Army Sustainment Command bid farewell to 12 of its members in a ceremony June 27 at Heritage Hall on Arsenal Island.
D. Scott Welker, deputy to the commander, gave four Department of the Army civilians and eight soldiers awards, certificates, flags and pins recognizing their accomplishments at ASC's quarterly award, retirement and retreat ceremony. Their service involved 349 years, 34 deployments and careers ranging from 20 to 44 years
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Allen Shuler and John Blackledge also were recognized.
Chief Warrant OfficerSchuler received the Commanding General's Award for Excellence for his work as a leader in the Supply Division of the Distribution Management Center. Mr. Blackledge was awarded the Commander's Award for Civilian Service for providing support to the deputy commanding general, operations, ASC, from December 2012 to June 2013, and was recognized for 30 years of service.
Those retiring in the ceremony were:
Nancy Adolphi, Susan (Bobbi) Cole, Dennis Durham, Debra O'Connor, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Serena Jordan, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Barry Rice, Sgt. Maj. Jacqueline Edwards, Master Sgt. Dustin Swinney, Master Sgt. Rosa Villanueva, Master Sgt. Tina Winchester, Sgt. 1st Class Gary Landstrom Jr., and Sgt. 1st Class Travis Lund.
"The people we honor today are absolutely outstanding individuals who gave a lot of themselves during their career," Mr. Welker said in his remarks. "They will be very difficult to replace and very sorely missed by this command and this community."
-- Submitted byJon Micheal Connor, Army Sustainment Command Public Affairs