Rock Island Arsenal Army Base
Joint Munitions Command, Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, United States Army Sustainment Command, First United States Army
1 Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL 61299
Rock Island Arsenal is a U.S. Army facility located in Rock Island County on a 946-acre island in the Mississippi River, between Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois in an area known as the Quad Cities. Today, Rock Island Arsenal is the nation’s largest government owned and operated arsenal. Rock Island Arsenal Garrison serves all branches of service, including the National Guard and Army Reserve Troops.
It is primarily a civilian installation that produces different types of military equipment including aircraft, vehicles, guns and artillery pieces.
There are over 9,000 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, and retirees assigned to Rock Island Arsenal.
Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois is 7 miles away from Rock Island Arsenal. Rental cars, cab services, and hotel shuttles are available at the airport.
Directions to Rock Island Arsenal:
- Follow the airport signs that take you out of the airport.
- You will come to a stop light, facing north. This is the Route 150 and Interstate 74 intersection. Proceed straight ahead, going north on Interstate 74.
- Take the 7th Avenue exit. (The last Illinois exit). When approaching the stoplight at the bottom of the ramp, turn left on 7th Avenue.
- Follow 7th Avenue to 14th Street, then turn right on 14th Street. This will lead you to RIA’s entrance ramp.
- From the ramp/bridge, either turn right just before the gate to get a visitor’s pass at Building 23, or present your government ID to the guard at the gate.
- Once on the Arsenal, proceed on Rodman Avenue past the cemeteries (on the left) and military housing (on the right). Office buildings start at East Avenue. Visitor parking is available throughout the Island.
Rock Island Arsenal is located on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River. The main gate is located in Moline, Illinois. Your sponsor will provide directions to your unit. Army Community Service can assist with an installation Map and directions to your unit facilities. Call ACS at 309-782-0829 for more information.
Soldiers need to report to their servicing unit upon the first duty day after arriving at the installation. Your duty office may have additional in-processing requirements.
During Duty Hours: Army Sustainment Command, HH Cor DMC, Joint Munitions Command (JMC), or Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC) assignees should report to the ASC HHC Orderly Room in Bldg 390, Basement, SW wing.
After Duty Hours: No CQ/Orderly Room is available, so report on the next duty day.
First Army personnel:
Upon arrival at RIA, report directly to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD), BLDG 68, 2932 Rodman Avenue, to begin initial unit in-processing. Orderly Room hours of operations are 0900-1700, Monday-Friday. Call 309- 782-9227 for more information. If you arrive after duty hours, on a weekend or holiday, please report to HHD at 0900 on the next duty day.
All employees who have relocated from another government installation to the Rock Island Arsenal should meet with their servicing Civilian Personnel representative in the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center located in Building 104, 1st Floor. Civilian personnel reporting for their in-processing brief should come to Bldg 104, 1st floor, West, Conference room.
TRICARE Information and News
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FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in an Illinois school, a child must be at least 5 years old before or on September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Illinois Department of Human Services (309) 794-9530
Responsible for providing a wide variety of safety net services to Illinois residents in poverty, who are facing other economic challenges, or who have any of a variety of disabilities or health challenges.
Rock Island County Health Department (309) 793-1955
Promote, preserve and protect the health of all residents through disease surveillance, health education, direct services, and health policy development.
Moline Humane Society (309) 797-6550
Rock Island County Sheriff (309) 794-1230
Base Operator (309) 782-6001
Chaplain (309) 782-0910
Civilian Personnel Office (309) 782-1742
Family Child Care (309) 782-6793
Housing Services Office (309) 782-2376
ID/CAC Card Processing (309) 782-0597
Legal Services and JAG (309) 782-1443
Medical Appointments (309) 782-0805
NAF Human Resources Officer (309) 782-1320
Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255
On-base housing options at Rock Island Arsenal include 71 brand new 3-4 bedroom single-family homes for military families. For more housing information contact the housing office at 309-782-2376.
9.9 miles from base
Eldridge is a quiet, family friendly town.
1 miles from base
Rock Island is a medium-sized town with many housing options.
In Rock Island, the summers are long, warm, humid, and wet. The winters are cold, dry, and windy. It is partly cloudy year round and over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 16°F to 85°F and is rarely below -4°F or above 94°F.
The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 20 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 85°F and low of 66°F. The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 30 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 42°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 16°F and high of 31°F.
The wet season lasts 5.5 months, from April 6 to September 22, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on June 10. The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from September 22 to April 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 12% on January 28.
The cost of living in Rock Island Arsenal is 27% higher than the Illinois average and 25% higher than the national average. The cost of goods and services is 2% higher than the Illinois average and 3% higher than the national average.
The Quad Cities area includes Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois. The area has museums, festivals, shopping areas, local sports teams, various outdoor activities, and a scenic riverfront. Each city offers a variety of recreational opportunities for all ages.
Some points of interest include Niabi Zoo, Putnam Museum and Science Center, Quad City Botanical Center, and Snowstar Winter Park.