By Tony A. Lopez (ASC)May 24, 2011
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - The Army Sustainment Command's missions and Soldiers were highlighted at a variety of activities during Military Appreciation Week that concluded May 22.
Several distinguished visitors were given informational briefings and tours of the Rock Island Arsenal and its missions. Guests included Representatives Bruce Braley (Iowa), Dave Loebsack (Iowa) and Bobby Schilling (Ill.); Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (Ill.), Mayor John Thodos, (East Moline, Ill.), Jim Bohnsack (Rock Island County (Ill.) Board Chairman), Guy Beougher, (Defense Logistics Agency), Tara Barney (Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce) and Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Via, (Deputy Commanding General, Army Materiel Command).
Army Sustainment Command hosted a Lead Materiel Integrator proof of principle evaluation during the week of May 16 at the Rock Island Arsenal. LMI's goal is providing Army-wide distribution of materiel with speed and precision.
Unit integrators, materiel integrators and Army stakeholders were given hands-on opportunity to use the new Decision Support Tool and test its capabilities during training.
Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, commanding general of Army Sustainment Command, cut the ribbon and welcomed guests to the 2011 Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium held at the iWireless Center, Moline, Ill., on May 17.
Seven students received scholarships from the Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club at a ceremonial luncheon May 18 at Arsenal Island Golf Course clubhouse. Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine presented coins and congratulated the scholarship recipients.
The Federal Executive Association, Quad Cities Chapter, held its annual employee awards ceremony and luncheon at the Rock Island Arsenal Heritage Hall on May 19. ASC and other federal employees who exemplify the very best in dedicated public service were recognized for serving their country with honor and distinction.
The Association of the United States Army hosted Military Appreciation Night at the Quad Cities River Bandits baseball game to honor and support Soldiers for their service on May 21. Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine was among dignitaries who signed the Army Medicine Healthcare Covenant to continue supporting Soldiers wounded while mobilized to fight in the Global War on Terrorism. The Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit - Illinois focuses on providing medical treatment to Soldiers in their hometowns. Prior to game-time, Fontaine threw out the first pitch and a joint color guard posted the flags during the National Anthem.
The week concluded with an Armed Forces Day open house on the Rock Island Arsenal. With the bang of a cannon, the parade kicked off at noon May 22. The parade was only one aspect of the Open House at which entire families learned about their neighbor, Army Sustainment Command, and Rock Island Arsenal's many contributions to the military and its missions around the globe.