Rear Adm. Michael J. Browne, deputy chief engineer of Naval Sea Systems Command, tours Rock Island Arsenal with Col. Craig Cotter, commanding officer of the Joint Manufacturing Technology Center. (Photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Gary Ward)
Rock Island Arsenal does not have single solider barracks or on-post housing for military personnel and their family. Contact the housing office for information regarding approved local apartment complexes for single soldiers and family housing at 309-782-2376.SUPPORT SERVICES
Army Community Service
Army Community Service invites you into a world of education, opportunity and discovery while offering programs and services that promote self-reliance, resilience and stability during war and peace.
Programs and services include readiness programs for employment, finances and relocation; family enrichment; information and referral; mobilization, deployment and support stability operations; new parent support; sexual harassment, assault reporting and prevention; the Soldier and Family Assistance Center; survivor outreach; and more.
For a full list of ACS programs at Rock Island Arsenal, visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/army-community-service.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program provides comprehensive support to family members with special needs. EFMP takes an all-inclusive approach to coordinate military and civilian community, educational, medical, housing and personnel services to help soldiers and their families with special needs.
Soldiers with family members who have special needs are required to register for EFMP and keep enrollment information current. This way, family needs will be considered during the OCONUS assignments process.
For information on Rock Island Arsenal’s EFMP program and contacts, visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/efmp.
Family Readiness Groups
The goal of a Family Readiness Group is to establish a network that enables unit members to effectively gather and distribute information, resolve problems and maintain family mutual support. The FRG is a command-sponsored organization of volunteer family members, civilian employees, service members and other individuals associated with your unit. Unit FRGs provide official command information, connect families with needed assistance, and build unit morale and cohesion.
For more information on First Army’s FRG, visit www.first.army.mil/content.aspx?ContentID=535.CHILD CARE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
Child Development Centers
Child Development Centers provide care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Nationally accredited full-day and pre-kindergarten programs are available at Rock Island Arsenal.
Rock Island Arsenal has three Child Development Centers at 3679 King Drive in buildings 11, 15 and 16. For more information on these centers, visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/cy.
Family Child Care
The Army Family Child Care program is a child care option offered in homes both on and off post by authorized military family members and qualified civilians working as independent contractors. FCC homes provide flexible hours and comfortable family settings. Most offer full-day, part-day and hourly care. Special services may include 24-hour and long-term care during mobilization and training exercises, evening and weekend care, and care for newborns, children with special needs and those that are mildly ill.
The same regulations and safety guidelines enforced in CYS Services child care centers apply to FCC homes. All providers have regular safety, fire and regulation compliance inspections, and once a month, a FCC staff member conducts a visit to each FCC home, ensuring a high-quality, safe and developmentally appropriate atmosphere for the children. Providers and family members 12 years of age and over are vetted through a stringent background investigation to include FBI and National Agency checks.
Family Child Care offers a 15 percent cost savings for patrons over Child Development Center and School Age Center fees. The program also offers an opportunity for spouses to contribute to the family income while caring for their own children.
For more information, call 309-782-0813 or visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/cy.
School Age Programs
The School Age Center, at 3954 Rodman Ave., provides care during school closures and seasonal and holiday school breaks for children in kindergarten through fifth or sixth grade (depending on the school configuration). Children have access to computer labs and utilize standard curricula through formal partnerships with nationally recognized organizations such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Summer programs and day camp activities are available for elementary children and middle school students (grades 6-7). Activities include swimming, bowling, skating, field trips, crafts, 4-H activities and computer time.
For more information, visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/cy.
School Support Services
School Support Services provides Army school-aged youth with educational opportunities, resources and information necessary to achieve academic success. School Support Services is home to the School Liaison Office, where school liaison officers help deliver the best educational resources and information for your children.
School liaison officers specialize in education transitions, and make sure incoming and exiting families have information about local schools, graduation requirements, after-school services and programs, youth sponsorship programs and home schooling.
School Support Services is at 3438 Rodman Ave. on the first floor of Building 110 in the east wing. For more information, call 309-782-6515 or visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/school-support-services.
Youth Sports and Fitness Programs
Youth sports and fitness programs provide team sports, individual sports, and fitness and health programs. Pre-registration and sports-specific physicals are required for sports and fitness programs. For more information, visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/youth-sports.RECREATION PROGRAMS
Auto Craft Shop
The Auto Craft Shop, at 1740 North Ave., has all the tools and equipment you need to help you keep your car running smoothly. The shop’s skilled auto technicians can assist if you get stuck along the way. Full-service auto repair is available for those less mechanically inclined. For more information, call 309-782-8631 or visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/auto-craft-shop.
The Fitness Center, at 3395 Rodman Ave., offers group fitness classes and equipment for self-guided workouts. The center features a running track, a weight room, basketball court areas, a climbing wall, a circuit room, a cardio room, racquetball courts, a dry sauna and a steam room.
The center’s website also has maps of various jogging routes on the island and information on adult sports leagues. For more information, call 309-782-6787 or visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/fitness-center.
Come tee off at the 18-hole, par-71 Arsenal Island Golf Course, where you’ll enjoy playing on bent grass tees, greens and fairways. Historic limestone mansions and buildings and the mighty Mississippi River provide the scenic backdrop as you drive, chip and putt your way through the Quad Cities’ original golf course.
While the course operates on an active military base, the access requirements have been streamlined for golfers and a once per year background check is all that is required for an annual access pass.
For more information, call 309-793-1604 or visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/arsenal-island-golf-course-clubhouse-2.
Leisure Travel Office
The Leisure Travel Office, in Building 333 next to the exchange, offers substantial discounts on tickets to local attractions, concerts, amusement parks and regional bus trips to exciting destinations. For more information, call 309-782-5890 or visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/leisure-travel-office.
Outdoor Recreation is your one-stop rental shop for all your outdoor adventures, special events, and home maintenance and repair. From skis and snowboards to campers and canoes, Outdoor Recreation has you covered.
Outdoor Recreation can also help you reserve a pavilion for a family reunion, party, company picnic or other outdoor event. Information on post vehicle storage and self-storage units is available as well.
For more information, call 309-782-8630 or visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/programs/outdoor-recreation.SHOPPING AND DINING
Save your hard-earned dollars by shopping for groceries at the commissary. The commissary is in Building 334 on Rodman Avenue. For more information, call 309-782-4614/4798 or go to www.commissaries.com.
Dining on the Island
Need a quick bite to eat? Rock Island Arsenal features the following eateries. For more information on menus and hours of operation, visit https://rockisland.armymwr.com/us/rockisland/categories/social-and-dining.
- Arsenal Island Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie St., 309-793-1601.
- Island Oasis Cafe & Grill, 3395 Rodman Ave., 309-782-2805.
- Lock and Dam Lounge, 3055 Rodman Ave., 309-782-3075.
- Treat America Cafeterias and Catering, buildings 60, 212 and 350, 309-793-4337.
Rock Island Arsenal’s exchange, in Building 333, wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Services include military clothing, a barbershop and dry cleaners. Call 309-788-4940 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com for more information.