• Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command and Rock Island Arsenal, greets Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn outside ASC headquarters July 1. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general...

    Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command and Rock Island Arsenal, greets Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn outside ASC headquarters July 1. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn talks with Gen. Dennis Via, commanding general, Army Materiel Command, as Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command and Rock Island Arsenal, and D. Scott Welker, deputy to the commander, ASC, look on July 1 in the lobby area of ASC headquarters. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn talks with Gen. Dennis...

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn talks with Gen. Dennis Via, commanding general, Army Materiel Command, as Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command and Rock Island Arsenal, and D. Scott Welker, deputy to the commander, ASC, look on...

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn points to a coin in Maj. Gen. John Wharton's office as ASC Command Sgt. Maj. James Spencer looks on July 1. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn points to a coin in...

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn points to a coin in Maj. Gen. John Wharton's office as ASC Command Sgt. Maj. James Spencer looks on July 1. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Maj. Gen. John Wharton pose for a picture inside Wharton's office July 1. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Maj. Gen. John...

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Maj. Gen. John Wharton pose for a picture inside Wharton's office July 1. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn makes a few comments before receiving his briefing in the ASC CG Conference Room. "We treasure the men and women of Rock Island Arsenal," Quinn said. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn makes a few comments...

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn makes a few comments before receiving his briefing in the ASC CG Conference Room. "We treasure the men and women of Rock Island Arsenal," Quinn said. (Photo by Jon Micheal Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Dave VanderHeyden, coordinator for Child, Youth and School Services for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, discusses the future of CYSS and SKIES with Melinda Riling (center) and Linda Via as part of the island tour of ACS and USO July 1. Rebekah Wharton, wife of Maj. Gen. John Wharton, and Col. Elmer Speights Jr., commander, IMCOM " Rock Island, and his wife, Norricia, also took part in the tour. (Photo by Elizabeth Adolphi, ASC Public Affairs)

    Dave VanderHeyden, coordinator for Child, Youth...

    Dave VanderHeyden, coordinator for Child, Youth and School Services for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, discusses the future of CYSS and SKIES with Melinda Riling (center) and Linda Via as part of the island tour of ACS and USO July 1...

  • Melinda Riling (left) and Linda Via share a laugh as they watch the children of the Child Development Center line up to go indoors July 1. (Photo by Elizabeth Adolphi, ASC Public Affairs)

    Melinda Riling (left) and Linda Via share a...

    Melinda Riling (left) and Linda Via share a laugh as they watch the children of the Child Development Center line up to go indoors July 1. (Photo by Elizabeth Adolphi, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Linda Via and Melinda Riling wave to toddlers at the Child Development Center during lunch. (Photo by Elizabeth Adolphi, ASC Public Affairs)

    Linda Via and Melinda Riling wave to toddlers...

    Linda Via and Melinda Riling wave to toddlers at the Child Development Center during lunch. (Photo by Elizabeth Adolphi, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Melinda Riling and Linda Via enjoy their tour of the RIA Commissary. Rebekah Wharton and Col. Elmer Speights Jr., participated in the surprise-filled tour at the RIA Commissary. (Photo by Elizabeth Adolphi, ASC Public Affairs)

    Melinda Riling and Linda Via enjoy their tour...

    Melinda Riling and Linda Via enjoy their tour of the RIA Commissary. Rebekah Wharton and Col. Elmer Speights Jr., participated in the surprise-filled tour at the RIA Commissary. (Photo by Elizabeth Adolphi, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Linda Via finds humor with Post Exchange employee, Carl Wolfe, in a shirt that has a saying describing an Army wife. (Photo by Elizabeth Adolphi, ASC Public Affairs)

    Linda Via finds humor with Post Exchange...

    Linda Via finds humor with Post Exchange employee, Carl Wolfe, in a shirt that has a saying describing an Army wife. (Photo by Elizabeth Adolphi, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Gen. Dennis Via and Maj. Gen. John Wharton discuss the ASC mission with Alan Estevez, assistant secretary of defense (logistics and materiel readiness), during the  July 1 visit to RIA. "This command [ASC] is doing great things. The Army Field Support Brigades are key to our defense," Estevez said. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, ASC Public Affairs)

    Gen. Dennis Via and Maj. Gen. John Wharton...

    Gen. Dennis Via and Maj. Gen. John Wharton discuss the ASC mission with Alan Estevez, assistant secretary of defense (logistics and materiel readiness), during the July 1 visit to RIA. "This command [ASC] is doing great things. The Army Field Support...

  • Maj. Gen. John Wharton discusses the command mission with the Alan Estevez, assistant secretary of defense (logistics and materiel readiness). (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, ASC Public Affairs)

    Maj. Gen. John Wharton discusses the command...

    Maj. Gen. John Wharton discusses the command mission with the Alan Estevez, assistant secretary of defense (logistics and materiel readiness). (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Maj. Gen. John Wharton greets Alan Estevez, assistant secretary of defense (logistics and materiel readiness), and Gen. Dennis Via during a July 1 visit to Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. "The Army Sustainment Command is our face to the field around the world," Via said. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, ASC Public Affairs)

    Maj. Gen. John Wharton greets Alan Estevez...

    Maj. Gen. John Wharton greets Alan Estevez, assistant secretary of defense (logistics and materiel readiness), and Gen. Dennis Via during a July 1 visit to Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. "The Army Sustainment Command is our face to the field around the...

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- The Army Sustainment Command hosted the governor of Illinois, the commanding general of the Army Material Command, and the assistant secretary of defense (logistics and materiel readiness), and other distinguished visitors here July 1.

Gov. Pat Quinn received a briefing on ASC and RIA tenants from Maj. Gen. John Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command and Rock Island Arsenal. During other times of the day, Gen. Dennis Via and AMC Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Riling, and Alan Estevez also received a briefing and toured the island.

Quinn visited the ASC, Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory and other areas of the island. Estevez visited ASC, LOGCAP personnel (Logistics Civil Augmentation Program), Army Contracting Command -- Rock Island, and Joint Munitions Command.

Via and Riling also toured ASC and JMC, and met with Quinn, state legislators and a Congressional staffer.

Via's wife, Linda, and Melinda Riling, the wife of Riling, also toured the island, accompanied by Wharton's spouse, Rebekah. Col. Elmer Speights Jr., commander, Installation Management Command -- Rock Island, and his wife, Norricia, served as their hosts.

Via participated in the JMC change of command, with Estevez and Riling in attendance, on July 2.

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