Bustos Highlights Rock Island Arsenal’s Role in Defending Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Today, during a House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) highlighted the logistics role that Joint Munitions Command (JMC) – headquartered at the Rock Island Arsenal – is playing in Eastern Europe to support Ukraine. Experts from Joint Munitions Command have also been deployed to provide technical assistance to our allies in Eastern Europe.

WATCH: Bustos Highlights Rock Island Arsenal’s Role in Defending Ukraine

“The Rock Island Arsenal may be best known for manufacturing munitions, but it’s also playing a critical role in our efforts to arm Ukraine against Russian aggression,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Joint Munitions Command – housed at the Rock Island Arsenal – is responsible for the production and distribution of every single piece of ammunition used by any U.S. military service. The men and women at JMC, including service members deployed from the Rock Island Arsenal, have been working hard to ensure that our needs and our allies’ needs are met in Eastern Europe as we support the people of Ukraine and their democracy.”

Joint Munitions Command is responsible for the management of ammunition production, storage, distribution and demilitarization for all U.S. military services. The U.S. has provided more than 60 million rounds of ammunition to Ukraine in military assistance.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States has deployed roughly 12,000 servicemembers to Europe to support NATO allies and partners. Among those are ammunition experts from the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois.

Those deployed from the Rock Island Arsenal are providing expert technical assistance and support to units stationed in or deployed to Europe. Their training covers a wide range of ammunition and explosives and will help ensure the proper safety, storage and mobilization of equipment.