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President's Message

The Budget:
It is important that Resale Commands continue to demonstrate solid financial results and sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars because there is a train wreck of sorts around the corner. The Defense budget for 2011 will allow for growth to cover the cost of a recently ramped up force structure but when the troops begin to come home and the force structure changes over the next five years, the Defense budget will come under immense pressure to get smaller. The pressure for deficit reduction will become the monster in the closet for budget planners. In our testimony this year before the House Armed Services Committee the ALA will continue to stress the return on investment that the Services get for the investment on the part of DoD in the military resale programs. The fact that the resale organizations boast a record of solid financial performance goes a long way when attempting to rank their importance to the military mission.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA





Wounded Warrior Flight in Pacific Prowler B-25 to Doolittle Reunion

The Doolittle Raiders Reunion, set for April 16 to 18 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, is sure to be a memorable event, and now the folks who fly the Pacific Prowler B-25 - including our own ALA Vice President, Bob Ellis - will be providing six wounded warriors the chance of a lifetime to ride along with them on their flight to Dayton, Ohio.

The Prowler, operated by a nonprofit group based at the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, was built in 1944 at North American's Kansas City plant and joined the Army Air Force in 1945. The airplane has been featured in about 80 Hollywood films, including Memphis Belle, Flight of the Phoenix, and Catch 22. "The Pacific Prowler is one of the most stunning B-25s flying today." For more information about the program contact the group at their Web site www.pacificprowler.org/.



2010 Exchange Roundtable

March 15-17
Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, VA

Delivering the Benefit in 2010 and Beyond
Online Registration is now open!

The headquarters hotel is the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. You will find detailed hotel information, as well as a link to the hotel Web site (to make your reservations online) on our Web site.

A preliminary agenda is also posted to our Web site.

Highlights include:
  • Updates from the Chief Merchandisers of each of the services
  • Col. Matthew H. Molloy, USAF
  • Breakout sessions from each of the services focused on the following areas: Consumables, Hardlines, Marketing, PAR/Replenishment and/or Other Topics
CLICK HERE to register now!

ALA Events Open to Non-Members

Dear Prospective Member,

This year the ALA is offering a unique partnership opportunity to attract new members and demonstrate the benefits of the association. We are allowing non-member companies to attend one of our key business meetings held between now and the end of June with the payment of the registration fee and an additional premium(1) that will be applied to the 2010/2011 membership dues if the company applies for membership prior to July 1, 2010(2). The meetings include:

2010 Exchange Roundtable, March 15-17, in Norfolk, Va. This segment of the military market represents nearly $14 billion in sales from a mass merchandise type format to gas stations and Convenience stores. Meeting includes key updates and topic specific breakout sessions providing insight into this $14 billion business channel.

2010 DeCA/ALA Worldwide Partnership Summit and Training Event, June 7-11, Atlanta, Ga. This meeting will be attended by all DeCA store directors world wide along with all key decision makers in the agency. Business base is over $6 billion in a supermarket like assortment with the opportunity for world wide distribution and sales. Includes an opportunity to learn how to do business with the government and develop your business approach.

2010 ALA Congressional Caucus, June 15 in Washington, D.C. The ALA is the recognized advocate in the nation's capitol when addressing issues impacting the military resale channel. This Capitol Hill symposium is attended by all of the senior members of military resale and focuses on the key issues facing the military business channel. Topic specific presentations are made by subject matter experts along with timely presentations from key members of Congress and the Administration. This day long event includes a "power" reception in the evening with members of congress and their staffs.

This presents a great opportunity to learn about this great business opportunity, experience the partnership opportunities membership in the association provides and see the impact the association has on Capitol Hill. The ALA has been supporting world class quality of life for our troops and their families through strong resale benefits for over 90 years. The staff of the association consists of senior executives with demonstrated records of performance. This is your opportunity to join us. For additional information about the specific agendas and registration for these meetings or any other information you need about the association, please visit our Web site at ALA-National.org.  I look forward to seeing you at one of our events.

Sincerely,


Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA



Washington Update


Defense Secretary in Afghanistan
FNC (video)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. is on the right path in Afghanistan. Gates spoke today with White House correspondent Mike Emanuel after spending part of the day in an area that until recently was controlled by the Taliban. More

Axing the appointees
Government Executive - FedBlog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare
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The number of Executive Branch political appointees could be dramatically cut under a bill reintroduced in the Senate. More

Two options left for moving Futenma
The Japan Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The government is narrowing the relocation of Futenma air station in Okinawa down to two options, including a plan to build a helipad at the marines' Camp Schwab in Nago, government sources said. More

Local panel wants justifications for carrier move
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A panel of Hampton Roads congressmen, elected state and city leaders, and retired military officers sent a letter to top Navy officials Tuesday asking pointed questions about plans to move an aircraft carrier from Norfolk to Mayport, Fla. More

The $100,000 question: How much pay is too much for a federal employee?
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As federal employee pay becomes a hot-button political issue, employee groups and analysts say focusing solely on salary figures ignores issues like the federal classification system and the importance of the work civil servants do. More

Decadelong tanker saga draws to a close
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Northrop Grumman Corp.'s decision to forgo bidding on the US Air Force's $35 billion refueling tanker program, leaving Boeing Co. without a competitor, might not mark the end of a nearly decadelong quest to replace the military's existing fleet, a Boeing executive said. More

'Hurt Locker' shines light on real-life bomb defusers
Fayetteville Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With controversy swirling and one soldier having sued the filmmakers, Avon and other EOD technicians with the 722 Ordnance Company at Fort Bragg aren't allowed to share their opinions of the film. But they were happy to shed some light on exactly what it is they do. More

Commissary News


EPA honors Food Lion chain
Charlotte Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Environmental Protection Agency has added the Food Lion supermarket chain to its list of Energy Star leaders. More

Supervalu schedules promotion at 3,400 stores
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Supervalu is planning a one-week sales event with a major supplier at 3,400 stores in the coming months, Craig Herkert, president and chief executive officer of the Minneapolis-based company, said here Wednesday at the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch Consumer Conference. More

Schwarzenegger signs Calif. Beverage-Recycling Relief Bill
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation supported by the California Grocers Association that aims to restore the state's Beverage Container Recycling Program and Fund to solvency through June. More

Retailers, take back your shelves
Retail Customer Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shoppers are looking for authenticity, not just in the products, but in the seller of those products. Differentiation is coming back, with better branding, and a growing commitment to the shopper above all. Taking back your shelves need not be expensive, and any loss in "wrong door revenue" can be overcome. More

Safeway says prices now in line with rivals
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Safeway Inc. says its prices are now in line with its main grocery store competitors in the U.S., signaling that the grocery store operator may be done with its most aggressive price cuts. More

Adult incontinence category is booming
Brand Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Personal care brands Depend, Tena and Poise are on a mission to remove the social stigma of adult incontinence, with a flurry of new campaigns and product launches targeting boomers. More

Peapod aims to eradicate food deserts
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Internet grocer Peapod has joined forces with Chicago-based sustainable communities group Neighbor Capital and food desert researcher Mari Gallagher to look at ways to expand delivery to communities where a dearth of full-service grocery stores makes it difficult to obtain quality fresh food. More

Weis Markets receives 'silver' certification from GreenChill
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Regional supermarket chain Weis Markets has earned a certification award from the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, a voluntary Environmental Protection Agency alliance with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. More

Diet Coke eyes 'Next Gen' consumers
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Diet Coke made its appearance at this year's Oscars. A new 60-second spot for the soft-drink brand debut during the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 7. The spot is part of an ongoing campaign called "Stay Extraordinary," and "celebrates the achievements of the next generation of Diet Coke drinkers," per the brand, which is owned by The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta. More

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of noon, 11 March:

PROMOTIONS
  • DP #7, Update #2
  • DP #8, Shipper Quantities
  • DP #11, Promotion Package
  • Canning Update #2 (There is not an update #1 as it was for DeCA Only)
  • Halloween Promotion Package
  • DP #9 Alaska Shipper & Promotion quantities – orders placed 15 Apr
  • DP #10 Far East Shipper & Promotion Quantities – orders placed 29 Apr
  • DP #8, Update 1
NOTICES TO TRADE
  • 10-54, Store Reset Date – Imperial Beach
  • 10-55, Store Reset Date – Mountain Home AFB
  • 10-56, Store Reset Date – Walter Reed
  • 10-57, Store Reset Date – Holloman AFB
  • 10-58, DeCA Worldwide Value Priced Frozen Whole Turkey and Fresh Turkey Parts Merchandising Program w/4 Attachments
  • 10-59, Brand Name Resale Swell Allowance Program
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates
  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 10-9 and 10-10 w/delete dates of 4/12/10
DeCA NEWS RELEASES
  • 22-10, Go for the good stuff: nutritious food that tastes good
  • 23-10, what's your goal for National Nutrition Month?


Exchange News


Behind every green retailer is smart technology
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Retailers of all shapes and sizes are continually working to become more eco-conscious, and technology is key to becoming a greener business. From telecommuting to paperless operations, technology is an innately green component of retailers’ businesses that can minimize environmental impact and maximize business growth. More

Retail sales post strongest gains since late 2007
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Shoppers returned to the nation's malls last month, buying a surprising amount of spring clothing and other items and helping stores post the strongest retail sales since November 2007, a month before the recession began. More

Target launches scannable mobile coupon program
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target said it is first national retailer to offer a scannable mobile coupon program that allows guests to receive exclusive offers directly on their mobile phones. More

Quick-service restaurants ditch fiberglass look
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Forget the fiberglass chairs and stationary tables — fast-food restaurants are going upscale with their décor, Brandweek reports. For example, McDonald's is importing its "urban redesign" look from locations in the European Union to U.S. units. More

Walgreens' monthly sales rise
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Walgreens had February sales of $5.31 billion, an increase of 3.2 percent from $5.14 billion for the same month in 2009. The drug store chain also reported that its same-store sales increased 0.4 percent. More

ExxonMobil positioned for growth
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At its annual presentation to investment analysts at the New York Stock Exchange, ExxonMobil executives shared the company's 2009 results during a challenging year. The company also revealed plans for the upcoming year. More

Kohl's opening nine new stores in March
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Kohl's Department Stores said that this month it will open nine of the 30 new stores the Menomonee Falls-based department store chain plans to add this year. More

JC Penney to focus on exclusives, sees malls return
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Department stores must keep ramping up exclusive lines of clothing and accessories if they are to win market share from rivals and thrive in the still sluggish U.S. consumer spending environment, JC Penney Co Inc. Chief Executive Myron Ullman said. More

Washington Update


Maj. Gen. Reuben Jones, Sonia Sotomayor honored during Black History Month
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Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones, commanding general of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, was honored Sat., Feb. 27 with the "Keepers of the Community Award" at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Gospel Service. More

Seven WCAP Soldiers, alums make Team USA for Olympic Winter Games
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Seven current and former members of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program have earned spots on Team USA for the XXI Olympic Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 12-28 in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. More

Military Personnel Subcommittee Hearing Schedule Posted:


March 15, 2010, Monday
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Legislative Priorities in Support of Families
Witnesses: National Military Family Association (TBD)

March 17, 2010, Wednesday
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Military Personnel Legislative Priorities
Witnesses: Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness and the Service Personnel Chiefs

March 23, 2010, Tuesday
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
HVC-210, the Capitol (Tentative)
Subject: Military Associations Legislative Priorities
Witnesses: (TBD)

March 25, 2010, Thursday
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Not yet scheduled
Witnesses:

April 13, 2010, Tuesday
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: DOD Medical Centers of Excellence
Witnesses: DOD Witnesses (TBD)

April 15, 2010, Thursday
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Supporting the Reserve Components as an Operational
Reserve – Key Military Personnel legislative initiatives
Witnesses: DOD Witnesses (TBD)

April 20, 2010, Tuesday
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Implementation of the Requirement to Provide a Medical Examination Before Separating Members Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the Capacity of DOD to Provide Care to PTSD Cases
Witnesses: DOD (TBD)

April 21, 2010, Wednesday
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
HVC-210, the Capitol (Tentative)
Subject: Defense Health Program
Witnesses: DOD Witnesses (TBD)

April 23, 2010, Friday
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Military Resale and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Overview
Witnesses: Panel One: Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness, the Commanders of the Military Resale Activities, the Service Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Chiefs. Panel Two: American Logistics Association, Armed Forces Marketing Council


Executive Promotions

On behalf of the Commander, AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • Andrew J. Keilholz, PB 4F Organizational Development Manager III, Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Senior Career Manager, Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES in March 2010
  • Michael J. King, PB 4F Project Manager, Information Technology Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Senior Project Manager, Information Technology Directorate, HQ AAFES in February 2010
  • Amanda M. Kruse, PB 4F Exchange Retail Business Manager, Fort Lewis/McChord AFB Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Fort Carson Exchange, Western Region in May 2010
  • Patrick L. Oldenburgh Jr., PB 4F Human Resources Manager V (OSE), Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES (Duty Station: Lakenheath Exchange) to the position of PB 5A Region Human Resources Manager VI (OSE), Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES (Duty Station: Wiesbaden Exchange) in July 2010
  • Sandra G. Reed, PB 4F Sales & Merchandise Manager, Ramstein Exchange, Europe Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), KCP Yongsan Exchange, Pacific Region in June 2010
  • Shirley Strano, PB 4F Merchandise & Inventory Planning Manager, Sales Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5B Planning, Allocation, Replenishment Manager, Sales Directorate, HQ AAFES in February 2010
  • Robert E. Wallis, PB 4F Contract Team Leader, Procurement Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Procurement Manager, Procurement Directorate, HQ AAFES in March 2010
  • Patricia A. Waterreus, PB 4F Career Manager II, Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Learning Operations Manager, Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES in March 2010
  • Brandy R. Yates, PB 4F Auditor II, Audit Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Auditor III, Audit Directorate, HQ AAFES in March 2010
On behalf of the Commander, AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive assignments. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • Matthew A. Beatty, Store Manager (MS), Fort Carson Exchange, Western Region to the position of Training Center Manager, Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES (Duty Station: San Antonio) in May 2010
  • Robert D. Boggs, HQ Facility Manager (OCONUS), Mainz Kastel Exchange, Europe Region to the position of Senior Business Program Specialist Supervisor, Real Estate Directorate, HQ AAFES in July 2010
  • Michael T. Gerth, VP Direct Marketing, Marketing Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of Region VP, Europe Region in November 2010
  • Herbertina C. Johnson, EEO Counsel AE Manager, Command Group/EEO Office, HQ AAFES to the position of Director of Diversity, Command Group/Diversity Office, HQ AAFES in March 2010
  • Michael L. Whisler, Executive Administrator to COO, Command Group, HQ AAFES to the position of Area Manager, Hickam AFB Exchange, Pacific Region in October 2010
CONGRATULATIONS!

Please disseminate to our AAFES family!

JAMES E. MOORE
Senior Vice President
Human Resources
 


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