Topics: Army Bases in Illinois – U.S. Army Bases
Built on an island in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois, Rock Island Arsenal sits on nearly 1,000 acres of land. The area was first used by the government in 1816, when Fort Armstrong occupied the area. Toward the end of the 19th century and into modern times, the Army base has been one of the largest producers of armaments for the U.S. Army. The only operating U.S. military foundry, Rock Island Arsenal produces Howitzers and other towed artillery as well as small arms and even aircraft weapons.
There are two major Army installations located in the state of Illinois. Rock Island Arsenal is an island base located just north of Rock Island, Illinois. Charles M. Price Support Center is located east of St. Louis. Both of these installations have been open for many years and are currently still in operation.
Charles M. Price Support Center has been in operation since 1942. It is a satellite base of the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command operation located in Huntsville, Alabama. Many U.S. Army personnel, staff support and families are located on the centers 680 acres of land. With open air and enclosed storage space capabilities, it is one of the largest support centers in the country.