Rock Island Arsenal

Updated: August 25, 2023
Rock Island Arsenal
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    The Rock Island Arsenal, located on a 946-acre island in the Mississippi River, bridges Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois. Established in 1816, it’s the U.S.’s largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal. Besides crafting military equipment and ordnance, the arsenal hosts the First Army headquarters and the U.S. Army’s Center of Excellence for Additive Manufacturing.

    Base Operator:

    390 Rodman Avenue
    Rock Island, IL 61299

    What Kind of Base is Rock Island Arsenal?

    In addition to manufacturing, the Rock Island Arsenal offers logistics and base support to all Armed Forces branches, National Guard, and Army Reserve Troops. Notably, the Rock Island Arsenal Museum, the second-oldest U.S. Army Museum, showcases the site’s military-industrial history.

    Rock Island Arsenal History

    The Rock Island Arsenal has marked its presence in every major U.S. conflict since the Black Hawk War of 1832. During the Civil War, it imprisoned over 12,400 Confederate soldiers. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark, it preserves its storied past while serving the military’s modern needs.


    Rock Island Arsenal Housing

    Rock Island Arsenal offers 80 family housing units. To inquire about availability and potential wait times, reach out to the RIA Housing Office at 309-782-2376.

    Rock Island Arsenal doesn’t provide barracks for single soldiers. However, the Housing Office can recommend approved local apartment complexes.

    While the base doesn’t have a mobile home park, several options exist in nearby communities. Note: Most are stationary and aren’t designed for drive-up recreational vehicles.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    There is no temporary lodging at Rock Island Arsenal.


    What is the BAH for Rock Island Arsenal?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Rock Island Arsenal varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Illinois state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.



    Military Housing Area: IL089

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,362 $1,266
    E02 $1,362 $1,266
    E03 $1,362 $1,266
    E04 $1,362 $1,266
    E05 $1,461 $1,269
    E06 $1,854 $1,392
    E07 $1,878 $1,410
    E08 $1,887 $1,545
    E09 $1,974 $1,656
    W01 $1,875 $1,407
    W02 $1,884 $1,542
    W03 $1,896 $1,671
    W04 $2,016 $1,854
    W05 $2,196 $1,860
    O01E $1,881 $1,458
    O02E $1,890 $1,632
    O03E $2,040 $1,848
    O01 $1,515 $1,272
    O02 $1,851 $1,428
    O03 $1,893 $1,710
    O04 $2,259 $1,857
    O05 $2,541 $1,905
    O06 $2,559 $1,920
    O07 $2,577 $1,932

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    Rock Island Arsenal Surrounding Area

    The Rock Island Arsenal boasts a rich backdrop. Historically a Sauk Native Americans’ summer campsite, the ‘Quad Cities region now offers a mix of urban energy and hometown charm. Attractions include award-winning museums, festivals, and a lively nightlife. Nature lovers can enjoy the picturesque riverfront, while history enthusiasts can visit the Confederate Cemetery, Rock Island National Cemetery, and historic stone workshops. The on-base museum highlights an impressive small arms weapons collection.


    Woodson Health Clinic, situated in the basement of Building 110, caters to the health needs of the active-duty military at Rock Island Arsenal. While their primary focus is on active-duty personnel, the clinic also serves dependents and retirees when time and space permit. To schedule an appointment, dial 1-866-524-4677. Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Ft. Campbell oversees the clinic and its appointment line.

    Rock Island Arsenal does not offer dental services. Seek dental care at off-post facilities.


    There is one Child Development Center on-post. The base offers full day care for infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children. There is also a school year care and a summer camp program for students.


    Rock Island Arsenal offers a variety of school choices to fit each family’s unique needs. Children living on post can attend schools in the Moline or Rock Island Illinois districts or the Davenport, Bettendorf, or Pleasant Valley districts in Iowa. For more information, call 309-782-6515, the Rock Island Arsenal School Liaison Office.

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