Grand Re-Opening of USO Rock Island Center Jan. 31


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Press release submitted by USO Rock Island


Grand Re-Opening of USO Rock Island Center on Rock Island Arsenal with Army Community Services

Open House and Family Event featuring Figge Art Museum

ROCK ISLAND, IL– On Thursday, January 31, 2013, the USO of Illinois celebrates the expansion of its USO Rock Island facility on Rock Island Arsenalin partnership with Army Community Services. The new, 2,000-square foot space is offered as a 'home away from home' and military community center by the USO of Illinois and features a meeting space and lounge, reading library and resource center, computer lab with free WI-FI, cable TV and gaming console, snacks and refreshments and a children's play area. The newly renovated space, adjacent to Army Community Services (ACS), will work together with ACS as a special military community center, welcoming area active duty, guard and reserve military and their dependent family members, and retired military, a place of support with specialized programming and initiatives that lift morale, deliver comfort, provide resources and build strong community. USO Rock Island center embraces the HOOAH!Quad Cities initiative and hopes to build bridges of support and resource between area military communities, Rock Island Arsenal and the Quad Cities community-at-large.

TheGrand Re-Opening includes and Open House, featuring a special USO Discovery Kids event with Figge Art Museum called "Picture Our Littlest Heroes," sponsored by the Moline Foundation. Area military kids will learn about the art of portraiture as they create their own works of art to take home.

WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 2013
12:00 – 5:30pm Open House
1:00pm Official Program and Ribbon Cutting
4:00-5:30pm USO Discovery Kids featuring Figge Art Museum

WHERE: Building 110, 1st Floor SE Wing, 1 Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL

(MEDIA) Media wanting to cover this event are required to RSVP with Garrison Public Affairs at (309) 782-1121 or via email to eric.cramer@us.army.mil by 12 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30. Media covering the event will meet at the (Moline Gate) Visitor Control Building at 12:30 p.m. before the event, which begins at 1 p.m.

ABOUT USO OF ILLINOIS
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families. The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. The USO of Illinois is a civilian 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, not a government agency. We are supported solely by the generosity of the American people. For more information abou the USO of Illinois, visit: www.usoofillinois.org


ABOUT ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICES
Army Community Service (ACS) is a community oriented Department of Army social service program designed to strengthen family relationships, promote self-reliance, and support military and civilian job performance by providing high quality human services for Families and individuals. Services include: Army Emergency Relief, Employment Resource Center, Exceptional Family Member Program, Family Advocacy Program, Family Assistance, Victim Advocacy, Financial Readiness Program, Volunteer Coordination, Army Family Team Building, Relocation Assistance, and Survivor Outreach Services. For more information about the Rock Island Arsenal ACS Program, visit www.riamwr.com/acs/.


ABOUT HOOAH! QUAD CITIES
Hooah! Quad Cities recognizes the commitment and sacrifices that our military members and their families make every day. The strength of our Armed Forces comes from the strength of our service members, military families and veterans. As such, Quad Cities citizens, employers, educators, civic and business leaders are committed to standing behind our military families and servicemen and women. Hooah! Quad Cities is a resource for military members, veterans and military families as well as for civilians to find out how they can support our heroes. For more information, visit www.HooahQuadCities.com.























 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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