68-year-old Andrea Peterson has an amazing story to tell. She knew, after being saved from a burning building when she was young, that she wanted to be a firefighter when she grew up. She voiced this dream moments after being saved to the very firemen who rescued her. They laughed and told her, "You’ll be a good mommy, you’ll be a good teacher, maybe you’ll be a nurse, but you can never be a fireman.” Decades later, Andrea has realized her dream of being a firefighter.
The Rock Island Arsenal Police Department responded to a report of the discovery of a Civil-War era cannonball found after 2 p.m. by construction crews during contracted work on the installation this afternoon. The police contacted the Quad City Bomb Squad to inspect the cannonball. The team assessed the item to be a solid lead inert cannonball.
The Army Materiel Command's top civilian met Dec. 13 with senior leaders from organizations at Rock Island Arsenal. Brig. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of the Army Sustainment Command and senior mission commander of RIA, hosted John B. Nerger, Army Materiel Command executive director to the commanding general for his first visit here.