Rock Island Arsenal Digest, July 20, 2014

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Joint Munitions Command honors new Hall Of Fame inductees

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL — The Joint Munitions Command workforce honored 10 new members of the Ammunition Hall of Fame on July 9.

Richard Janik and Albert Ehringer were inducted in a ceremony hosted by Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, JMC commanding general, to recognize their contributions to the ammunition community.

The eight additional inductees will be recognized at ceremonies at other installations later in July.

The Ammunition Hall of Fame was established in October 2011 to honor and memorialize former civilian and military personnel who made significant, lasting contributions to the U.S. Army ammunition mission.

Their achievements are indicative of the excellence required to provide the highest quality ammunition to service members who used the products they provided. A 10-member selection board reviewed 19 nominations to determine the 10 inductees. To date, 22 people have been inducted.

"The challenge that we have each and every day is to provide the most reliable and lethal ammunitions to the joint forces and it's a mission that is critical to our military," said French. "Today, we celebrate the contributions of two individuals.

"Their service spans not only today, but all the way back to World War II," she said. "These honorees' contributions remind us that each generation builds on the dedication and achievements of those who served before them. They pursued excellence, and it is important to take this time to recognize their contributions."

Richard Janik was responsible for planning, budgeting and implementing command programs for industrial preparedness, production base support, capital investment and command and control of inactive installations.

During command mergers, Janik adjusted the organizations to meet critical demands by providing training for depot maintenance and increasing industrial readiness, in the face of lost institutional knowledge.

He implemented Ammo Fast 21, a strategy used to downsize and reduce duplicate capabilities in the industrial base. He decreased the price of maintenance of inactive ammunition plants by millions of dollars, and ensured the operational readiness of the industrial base to meet ammunition requirement demands.

"I'm very honored to receive this award," said Janik. "As I've always said, mission comes first. The people in the organization, they're the ones who execute what has to be done. I want to thank the people who supported me in my career."

Albert Ehringer's ammunition career began in 1941, and he rose through the ranks to director of the Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command Ammunition Center and School by 1971. In this capacity, he provided the best training and facilities for ammunition instruction.

As director of special missions during the Vietnam War, Ehringer focused instruction on new weapons and munitions of the Pentomic Era. He fostered positive relations at the international level, solved critical concerns for safety conditions, and was responsible for technical innovation.

His expertise in ammunition maintenance and management improved logistics, safety and automation processes over the course of three wars.

Ehringer was inducted posthumously with his three daughters; Patricia McKenna, Carolyn Kazako and Cindi Bertuli, and a granddaughter; Christie Rice, representing him during the ceremony.

"We're really pleased and honored to be here today, and to be able to accept this award on behalf of our dad," said McKenna. "He truly loved his job, and with my mom's support, he was able to dedicate his career to support and execute his portion of the Army mission.

"If he was here today, he would be extremely honored to accept this award himself. From the bottom of our heart, thank you for honoring him today, we really appreciate it."

Later this month, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) John C. Raaen Jr.; Col. (Ret.) Kilbert Lockwood; Carmine Spinelli; Ralph Campoli; James Barton III; Victor Lindner and Leo Hillard will be honored at Picatinny Arsenal on July 17. William Melton will be honored at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant on July 22.

JMC produces small-, medium- and large-caliber ammunition items for the Department of Defense. JMC is the logistics integrator for life-cycle management of ammunition and provides a global presence of technical support to U.S. combat units wherever they are stationed or deployed.

— By Tony Lopez, JMC Public Affairs


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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