The Secretary of the Army, Christine Wormuth, visited Rock Island Arsenal yesterday and reassured the QC that the arsenal won't see base closures any time soon.

Why would it close, you ask? It's the Army's base realignment and closure operation, called BRAC. Secretary Wormuth says that Rock Island Arsenal plays too big of a role in NATO's efforts to assist Ukraine. She told WQAD:

It's really, I think, underscored how important it is to have a healthy defense industrial base, and Rock Island Arsenal is core to that. So there's really nothing to worry about.

Secretary Wormuth noted the arsenal's "incredible history" and also mentioned that Rock Island Arsenal is key to the Army's growth. She went on to say:

I would say Rock Island Arsenal is as important as ever, you know, one of the things that I think is really unique about the arsenal is just how many different types of manufacturing activities take place here in one place. We have met, you know, we may have other Arsenal's where there are castings or forgings. But we don't have all of the different things that are done here at Rock Island Arsenal.

Ukraine isn't part of NATO but it's a "close NATO partner", according to NATO's website so NATO member countries have been providing their support for Ukraine since the invasions began. The battle in Ukraine continues, as the U.S. has agreed to send longer-range weapons to Ukraine while street fighting continues in the eastern part of Ukraine.

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