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Loebsack, Schilling Honor Rock Island Arsenal’s 150 Years of Service to Nation PDF Print E-mail
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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.


Military Museum Flag Project Continues with 8th Illinois Cavalry Guidon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois Guard PAO   
Friday, 29 June 2012 10:23

Private-Public Partnership Conserves Flag of First Union Unit to Fire at Battle of Gettysburg

SPRINGFIELD, IL (06/28/2012)(readMedia)-- The three-foot long, red, white and blue flag carried by Soldiers of the 8th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry in the Civil War hangs proudly at the DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton, thanks to a private-public partnership program with the Illinois State Military Museum.

"The 8th Illinois Cavalry guidon ranks as the 13th flag from the Military Museum collection to be conserved and loaned for display," said Bill Lear of Springfield, curator of the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield. "This joint effort conserves flags without any cost to the state while giving more opportunities for the public to see historic flags from the collection."

A guidon is a small flag that has colors and shapes to identify a unit. The Military Museum has nearly 1,100 guidons and regimental and national flags that were carried by militia and Illinois National Guard units from as early as the 1846 Mexican War to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Private donors raise the money to pay for the conservation of the flags, which remain the property of Illinois. Upon completion of the conservation process, the Military Museum loans the flag to donors for display. However, the flag must be displayed in a building that meets strict standards for physical security and for environmental controls of temperature and lighting.

The 8th Illinois Cavalry conservation project took 12 months and cost $20,000, which the DuPage County Historical Museum Foundation raised. The foundation also assisted in raising money to conserve the 36th Illinois Volunteer Infantry national colors. That flag has been on display at the DuPage County Historical Museum since 2010.

Recruited in northern Illinois in 1861, the 8th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry played a key role in Civil War history at the battle of Gettysburg. Lt. Marcellus E. Jones of Company E is credited as the Union Soldier who fired the first shot July 1, 1863. Jones of Danby, which is now Glen Ellyn, borrowed a carbine from Sgt. Levi Shafer of Naperville and fired at a Confederate Soldier. Besides its service at Gettysburg, the unit also aided in the hunt for John Wilkes Booth, President Abraham Lincoln's assassin, and served as Lincoln's honor guard while he lay under the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact the Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 North MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, Ill., or call (217) 761-3384.


The Illinois State Military Museum displays the history of the Illinois National Guard from 1723 to the 21st Century. Located two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave. in Springfield, Ill., the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For further information about the museum call (217) 761-3910 or visit . Like the museum on Facebook at www.facebook.Illinois.State.Military.Museum. To learn more about Illinois National Guard history visit

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Hometown Military 4th of July Greetings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carlos Cruz   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:41

Below are the playlists and date/times for the individual states that we have July 4th greetings for. They will play out of DVIDS Channel 2.


Galaxy 17 Service

Located @ 91 degrees west

Transponder: C21

Downlink Frequency: 4133.6150 Horizontal

Carrier type: MPEG-4, DVB-S2

Modulation: 8PSK

Symbol Rate: 6.960

FEC: 5/6

Pilot: On

Network ID: 620

SD2 is service channel #2


DVIDS 24/7 Technical Operations Center 678-421-6690



Thursday June 28 at 11:00am ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 9:00am ET)

july4_connecticut TRT- 00:00:30

july4_newyork TRT- 00:02:36

july4_newjerseyTRT- 00:01:06

july4_pennsylvania TRT- 00:00:16

july4_delaware TRT- 00:00:27

july4_maryland TRT- 00:00:59

july4_virginia TRT- 00:03:13


Thursday June 28 at 11:15am ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 9:15am ET)

july4_northcarolina TRT- 00:11:17

july4_southcarolina TRT- 00:01:36

july4_tennessee TRT- 00:01:16

july4_georgia TRT- 00:06:18

july4_florida TRT- 00:02:56

july4_alabama TRT- 01:00

july4_mississippi TRT- 00:00:26


Thursday June 28 at 2:00pm ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 11:00am ET)

july4_kentucky TRT- 00:01:10

july4_ohio TRT- 00:02:13

july4_indiana TRT- 00:01:01

july4_michigan TRT- 00:01:13

july4_wisconsin TRT- 00:00:32

july4_iowa TRT- 00:00:35

july4_illinois TRT- 00:00:56

july4_missouri TRT- 00:00:42


Thursday June 28 at 2:15pm ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 11:15am ET)

july4_northdakota TRT- 00:00:16

july4_oklahoma TRT- 00:01:16

july4_arkansas TRT- 00:01:36

july4_louisiana TRT- 00:00:11

july4_texas TRT- 00:06:14


Thursday June 28 at 2:30pm ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 12:15pm ET)

july4_colorado TRT- 00:02:26

july4_utah TRT- 00:00:19

july4_arizona TRT- 00:44

july4_nevada TRT- 00:00:32

july4_idaho TRT- 00:02:12

july4_washington TRT- 00:00:36

july4_oregon TRT- 00:00:13

july4_california TRT- 00:01:49

july4_alaska TRT- 00:28


Thursday June 28 at 2:45pm ET (Re-feed Friday, June 28 at 1:00pm ET)

july4_puertorico TRT- 00:01:48

july4_virginislands TRT- 00:00:13


Since I have sent this out after the fact, please contact me directly if you would like to use the greetings for your state and need me to do another play-out.

Iowa All-Academy Ball: Honoring Military Academy Alumni in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Gillman   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:38

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 28, 2012) – Planning has begun for The Sixth Annual Iowa All-Academy Military Ball; an event recognizing Iowans currently enrolled in any of the United States Military Academies, as well as honoring Iowa-based graduates of the academies, who have gone on to serve our country.

The Iowa All-Academy Ball will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, and is open to all current students and graduates of any of the five United States Service Academies; The United States Military Academy (West Point, NY), The United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), The United States Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT), The United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO), and The United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY).

The Iowa All-Academy Ball will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include a full program, incorporating a cocktail reception, keynote speakers, dinner, and live entertainment.

The secondary goal of the Iowa All-Academy Ball is to raise funds for three Iowa-based charitable organizations. A silent auction will also be held during the event.

. You can also follow the Iowa All-Academy Ball on Twitter (@iowaallacademyball), or stay informed by following the Iowa All-Academy Ball Facebook page.


Braley’s Bipartisan “Blueprint for Veterans Opportunity” Advances in US House PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:37

Measures will strengthen veterans’ employment protections, enhance mortgage safeguards, and block deceptive targeting of vets by educational institutions

Washington, D.C. – A package of three bipartisan bills authored by Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01), dubbed the “Blueprint for Veterans Opportunity,” were approved by a US House panel earlier today.  The measures will help improve economic opportunities and job protections for America’s military veterans.  Braley is the highest ranking Democrat on the panel, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

Braley’s “Blueprint” will strengthen employment protections for veterans seeking medical treatment for service-related injuries, enhance protections from home foreclosures against veterans, and target deceptive marketing practices of some educational institutions by providing veterans with standard information about available higher education options.

“The ‘Blueprint for Veterans Opportunity’ advanced by the subcommittee today will strengthen protections for veterans’ jobs, homes, and educational benefits,” said Braley.  “This is a step forward for America’s returning veterans.  I’m encouraged that these proposals attracted such strong support from members of both parties.  It shows what’s possible when we put aside party labels and work together to do good for men and women who have sacrificed so much for us.”

The three bills passed with the overwhelming bipartisan support of the panel, chaired by Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN-03).  Braley and Stutzman have worked closely together for months on numerous legislative proposals to improve economic prospects for veterans.  In October 2011, Braley and Stutzman hosted a field hearing on reducing the unemployment rate among returning National Guard veterans in Waterloo, Iowa.

More detailed summaries of the components of Braley’s “Blueprint for Veterans Opportunity” follow:

HR 3524, Disabled Veterans Employment Protection Act. Introduced November 2011 by Braley.  Version adopted today provides military and National Guard veterans up to 4 weeks of unpaid leave each calendar year for treatment for a service-related injury without fear of losing their jobs.  More information:

HR 5747, Military Veteran Home Protection Act. Introduced May 2012 by Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-07).  Braley version introduced and adopted today expands and improves protections from home foreclosures against military veterans and surviving spouses of servicemembers who died while serving our country.

HR 4057, Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act. Introduced February 2012 by Rep. Gus Bilrakis (FL-09). Braley version introduced and adopted today targets aggressive and deceptive marketing to service members and veterans by some educational institutions and provides veterans with standard information about post-secondary institutions to help vets make more informed choices about college.

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