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Inside the Gates: Welcome to the Island

As the drawdown continues, big changes are expected for the Rock Island Arsenal, and they're happening quicker than you think.

As the drawdown continues, big changes are expected for the Rock Island Arsenal, and they're happening quicker than you think.

Colonel Elmer Speights has plenty of plans in the works for the Arsenal, starting with the look.

Expect to find big signs welcoming you by the entrances in Davenport, Rock Island and Moline.  You'll also see logos for each command, including a massive Army logo on the water tower. 

Navigating the island will become easier, with new directional signs to help people find their way around. 

There will also be more housing options on the island for military families.

But Colonel Speights says this is about more than cosmetic changes.   He says most people don't even realize they can come onto the island.  And he wants to make it easier.


"You don't have to state where you're going to the 9th degree anymore. We're an open facility," he says. 















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