Loebsack, Schilling Honor Rock Island Arsenal’s 150 Years of Service to Nation Print
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 02 July 2012 10:19

Congressmen introduce Resolution recognizing 150th Anniversary of Rock Island Arsenal

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today introduced a bipartisan Resolution in the House of Representatives to recognize the 150th Anniversary of the Rock Island Arsenal and its ongoing contributions to our nation’s security and the Quad Cities economy.  On July 11, 1862, President Lincoln signed into law legislation that established the Arsenal.  Over the years, the workforce of the Rock Island Arsenal has equipped our men and women in uniform, and the Arsenal has long played a key role in job creation and economic development throughout the Quad Cities.

“The men and women who have worked at the Arsenal over the past 150 years have one thing in common- dedication to our nation’s defense and providing for those who wear our nation’s uniform,” said Loebsack.  “Since it was first established, Rock Island Arsenal has played a critical role in our nation’s defense and in job creation and economic development in the Quad Cities.  As we mark this historic occasion, I will continue to work with the Quad Cities community and the bipartisan, bicameral congressional delegation to ensure that Rock Island Arsenal continues its 150 year tradition of playing a central role for the Army, in equipping our troops, and in the Quad Cities.”

“The Rock Island Arsenal and its hard working employees have made remarkable, vital contributions to our national security and our area’s economy in the 150 years since its establishment,” said Schilling. “As I’ve said before, the Arsenal is truly a national treasure that should be preserved and protected.  It’s an honor to represent the Arsenal and the men and women it employs, and I will continue to be a strong advocate along with the folks from the Quad Cities area so that the Arsenal can be around for another 150 years.”

A copy of the resolution can be found here.

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