Today, Congressman Loebsack issued the following statement after speaking with Secretary of the Army John McHugh about the future of the Rock Island Arsenal and the Joint Manufacturing Technology Center.
"I served with Secretary McHugh on the House Armed Services Committee during his time in Congress, and I took this opportunity to discuss with him the importance of the Arsenal to the Quad Cities economy and to the Army. The Arsenal and its workforce have played a vital function in equipping our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and I believe that the Arsenal should play a key role in the future of the Army.
"Secretary McHugh told me that there are no current plans to close or relocate the Joint Manufacturing Technology Center. However, the Army Material Command is currently conducting an ongoing review of everything under its command, and I made it clear to the Secretary that I would fight any proposal to reduce or eliminate work or functions at JMTC or the Rock Island Arsenal. As this review continues, I will remain vigilant and continue to work with the bipartisan congressional delegation and the Quad Cities community to promote a strong future for the Rock Island Arsenal."
Loebsack also raised concerns about the possible location of the Expeditionary Contracting Command in Huntsville, AL; efforts to perform work at Picatinny Arsenal that is currently being done at Rock Island Arsenal; and future workload at Rock Island Arsenal. He was joined in the bipartisan call by Congressmen Bobby Schilling (R-IL) and Bruce Braley (D-IA).