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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Defense furlough decision coming soon
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Government Executive, Kedar Pavgi
The Pentagon recently acknowledged that some services could afford to eliminate at least some planned civilian furloughs, but the department still is aiming for a unified department-wide policy on forced unpaid leave and will make a decision soon.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters during a daily press briefing that the Defense Department was emphasizing a "one team, one fight" approach to furloughs even though there were "pockets of money in different places for each of the services" that could eliminate the mandatory unpaid days.

"To be totally straightforward, the math does work for some services to avoid some furloughs, at a minimum," said Little. "For other services, it is harder."



More jobs for vets, cheers Michelle Obama, but 'there's more work to be done'
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msnbc, Emma Margolin
Less than two years after President Barack Obama challenged the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013, America's business have already more than followed through. Standing alongside the president, vice president and Dr. Jill Biden, first lady Michelle Obama recently said that through their initiative Joining Forces — a nationwide campaign designed two years ago to connect servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses with the resources needed to find jobs — businesses have hired 290,000 veterans or military spouses, and they have pledged to hire or train another 435,000 in the next five years.

"These men and women are some of the most talented, accomplished, dedicated people you will ever meet," said the first lady, speaking about the military families she's met in her time at the White House. "And that's why two years ago, when the four of us came together to launch Joining Forces right here in this very room, our goal was to create an initiative that was worthy of their character and their service. Since then, this nation has truly joined forces in so many amazing ways."


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    Military families need your help to find work (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
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Lawmakers urge 'merit-based' furlough decisions at defense (Government Executive)
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Outcry erupts over 1 percent pay raise proposed for military (Navy Times)

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WASHINGTON UPDATE


Dempsey says DoD still uncertain about furloughs
The Washington Post
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters Tuesday that Pentagon officials are "doing our best to avoid" furloughs of the Department of Defense's 800,000 civilian employees, but he said that the department is still uncertain whether the 14 days now planned can be reduced.
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Pentagon finds that furloughs can't be one-size-fits-all
The Washington Post
Through months of handwringing over automatic budget cuts facing the federal government, the Defense Department has insisted that most of its 800,000 civilian employees will feel the same pain if the department decides to furlough its workers.
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How the US Army's top corps commander in Asia sees things
The E-Ring
How different is the Pentagon's attitude toward Asia and the Pacific today than in the last decade? Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, commanding general of the Army's I Corps, which is tasked to Pacific Command (PACOM), recalled the difficulty in getting approval to send a single hospital ship to visit Pacific nations when he was executive assistant to then PACOM commander Adm. William J. "Fox" Fallon, in 2006.
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Seoul, Washington to start talks on cost-sharing for US troops
Yonhap News Agency
South Korea and the United States are expected to begin senior-level negotiations this month to renew a cost-sharing agreement for American troops stationed in the South, diplomatic sources recently said.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


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COMMISSARY NEWS


Faulkner appointed chairman of Commissary Board of Directors
DeCA Office of Corporate Communication
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. William M. Faulkner has been appointed chairman of the Defense Commissary Agency Board of Directors by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Faulkner, whose appointment was effective March 29, succeeded Air Force Lt. Gen. Darrell D. Jones, who had served as chairman since March 31, 2011. Jones, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, has been appointed chairman of the Exchange Board of Directors.
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Fresh fluid milk and other assorted fresh milk products
Federal Business Opportunities
The Defense Commissary Agency is seeking interested sources capable of providing fresh fluid milk and other assorted fresh milk products to commissaries located in DeCA's East and Central Areas(northeast and southeastern region of the U.S.). The commissaries are located in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
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Trash removal service
Federal Business Opportunities
Trash Removal Service, McClellan Commissary and DeCA West Region Headquarters, California. The Period of Performance will be for a base year of Aug. 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014, and will include four one-year option periods that may extend performance through July 31, 2018. This Request for Quote will be issued on or about April 29, 2013 with a tentative closing date of May 29, 2013. This acquisition is being issued as Unrestricted.
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Pest control services
Federal Business Opportunities
Pest Management Services, West Point Commissary, New York. The Period of Performance will be for a base period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, and will include four one-year option periods that may extend performance through June 30, 2018. This Request for Quotation will be issued on or about May 1, 2013 with a tentative closing date of May 30, 2013. This acquisition is being issued as a 100 percent Small Business Set-Aside.
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Hussmann freezer shelves
Federal Business Opportunities
This requirement is being issued as 100 percent small business set-aside for Hussmann freezer shelves, for the Defense Commissary Agency stores located at Miramar Naval Station in San Diego, CA (92145). The Request for Quote will be posted on the FedBizOpps at www.fedbizopps.gov on or about May 14, 2013. Offerors may obtain a copy of the RFQ at this site. The SIC is 3496, FSC is 7125, and the NAICS code is 337215 for this requirement. All responsible sources may submit an offer, which will be considered by the above agency.
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Mixed reaction to Consumer Reports' study on turkey and antibiotic resistance
Food Safety News
The release of a new study by Consumer Reports, which found that antibiotic-free turkey products have lower levels of drug resistance than conventional products, recently sparked a wide variety of reactions. Depending on who you ask, the study is either alarming or offers evidence that turkey has an amazing food safety record.
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Adults consume 13 percent of calories from added sugars
USA Today
The trends are moving in the right direction: People are downing less added sugar in their diets, but health experts say Americans still consume too much. About 13 percent of adults' daily calories come from added sugars in things like cake and regular soda, according to recent government statistics.
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Food Marketing Institute: Industry outlook is 'personal, digital and virtual'
Progressive Grocer
Taking a deeper look at the grocery industry and its outlook for the future, the Food Marketing Institute has unveiled a new analytic report with suggestions for retail growth strategies. "Food Retailing 2013: Tomorrow’s Trends Delivered Today" examines the future of the supermarket experience through the lenses of grocery demand, consumer trends, merchandising and marketing innovation and technology, according to FMI.
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Study: Ordering groceries online is greener than driving to the store
The Washington Post
Good news for people thinking about ordering groceries online from stores like Safeway and getting them delivered to their doorsteps. A new study from the University of Washington finds that grocery delivery can be greener than driving from home to the supermarket and back.
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The biggest mistake shoppers make at the store
Business Insider
More than 90 percent of consumers said they're always looking for ways to save in a new survey by RetailMeNot. But wanting something and doing the legwork to get it are two entirely different concepts. Whether shoppers like to admit it or not, sometimes we're just too busy getting in and out of the grocery store to bother hunting down sales.
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Yes, even grocery shoppers say they want mobile services and the power to tell off their store
Mobile Marketing Daily
It's not surprising that both Americans and Europeans show little desire to shop for groceries directly on their mobile devices. Remote food shopping has been a tough sell for the past 15 years on the Internet.

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Air Force to eliminate 1,000 'surplus' civilian jobs
Air Force Times
The Air Force will use its reduction in force authority to re-balance its civilian work force and eliminate "surplus employees," officials said. Though the service got rid of more than 16,000 civilian positions in fiscal 2012, it still has about 1,000 civilians in unfunded positions.

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Military families need your help to find work
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden write, "Over the past few years, as we've traveled the country speaking with our men and women in uniform and their families, we've been amazed by all of the ways they find to serve our country every single day."

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EXCHANGE NEWS


Best Buy tries to solve big box puzzle
The Huffington Post
As the swift rise of e-commerce takes its toll on traditional stores, especially ones selling electronics, and critics question big box stores' future, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly is determined to prove that the retailer still has a place in a world altered by massive online sales. Best Buy's brick-and-mortar stores are shifting as Joly and his team try to solve the many puzzles of big box retail.
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The importance of in-store video for retailers
The Guardian
The role and character of the high street has changed. Once it was the center stage of shopping journey. Now it is among one of the many options available for shopping. Customer expectations have also changed. While online and mobile shopping provides information at fingertips, when shopping in-store the customer expects a more personal and engaging experience.
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Home Depot's Richard the Cat mocks how-to helpless humans
ClickZ
Think Grumpy Cat is the only moody spokescat on the Internet? Think again. The Home Depot is using another surly feline, Richard the Cat, in its online springtime promotional efforts. According to his Tumblr bio, Richard the Cat is an outdoor expert stuck with "'how-to' helpless humans." Distinctively disdainful of people — particularly when it comes to springtime gardening — Richard tweets messages like, "When the humans #DigIn outside, they say they're 'planting.' So far, they've successfully grown a garden of weeds," from his Twitter handle, @RichardtheCat, which had 660 followers as of April 24.
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Millennials less likely to change spending habits because of economy
Retail's BIG Blog
Born to a generation where "having it all" seemed commonplace, today's millennials are known for a variety of perceptions, such as being labeled "trophy kids" and having "helicopter parents." Adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a very interesting story to tell. Generational aspects aside, there is a common issue all age groups are facing — how to handle the challenges that exist in today's economy.
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Cabela's profit surges 73 percent on guns and ammo sales
Chain Store Age
Cabela's first quarter profit rose 72.9 percent, topping expectations, on strong sales of firearms and ammunition. Net income rose to $49.8 million, up from $28.8 million in the year-ago quarter.
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J.C. Penney returns to lead agency model
Adweek
So much for J.C. Penney's multiple creative agency offense. Seventeen months after sprinkling its business among several shops, the struggling retailer has reverted to a more classic lead agency model with the hiring of WPP Group's Young & Rubicam in New York. The move is return to Penney's past practice.
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Clothing shop is tailored to digital age
The Wall Street Journal
In the heart of Silicon Valley, Amazon.com Inc. veterans are trying to disrupt the experience of shopping in a store—just as the online retailer upended e-commerce. Former Amazon supply-chain Vice President Nadia Shouraboura, who launched the Hointer Inc. clothing company in Seattle last year, recently opened a store in Palo Alto on May 1. But there is a digital twist: The new store, like all Hointer shops, has almost no salespeople. It also changes its prices dynamically to prevent the increasingly common practice of consumers browsing in stores, only to buy from online retailers who offer the same goods for less.
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Forget stale Doritos, flat Fanta or a squashed Mars bar: Chanel's new vending machines arrive at Selfridges
The Independent
Forget stale Doritos, flat Fanta or a squashed Mars bar after swimming. This is the 21st century and vending machines have gone upmarket. Chanel has set up its new machine, which dispenses mascaras instead of the usual disappointing swag, in Selfridges.
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A wholesaler finds himself in competition with retail clients
The New York Times
Based in Miami, Source Outdoor is a 5-year-old importer and wholesaler of patio and deck furniture owned by Gerald Shvartsman. From humble beginnings, in which he tried to sell his first containers of goods himself, Shvartsman, 35, has expanded his one-man start-up to encompass more than 50 employees and sales in 2012 of $7 million.
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Beating the burden of brick and mortar success for breakthrough omni-channel fulfillment
National Retail Federation
Online and mobile commerce continues to outpace store channel growth, highlighting a fundamental shift in consumer preference. In response, leading brick & mortar retailers are aggressively seeking omni-channel fulfillment capabilities to deliver against the future consumer promise of emotive product search with fast delivery across "endless shelf" assortment at low prices. Few have unlocked this promise to date. It is the retailers' laser focus on store operations success that is preventing them from achieving multi-channel breakthrough.
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Closing the gap between retailer capabilities and customer expectations
STORES
How seamless are you? A recent survey of 6,000 customers in eight countries finds that the majority of customers expect a seamless shopping experience, including the same product assortment and price across all channels, as well as the ability to order out-of-stock items from their mobile device while in the store. Retailers have their work cut out for them if they want to deliver a consistent, connected and more memorable customer experience while offering flexible fulfillment/returns and integrating merchandising and marketing at every touch point.
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Jones Group to close 170 stores, cut workforce
Chain Store Age
The Jones Group Inc. recently announced it will put into action a series of events designed to shore up profitability, the most significant of which includes shuttering 170 underperforming stores in the U.S. by mid-2014.
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Senate confirms Wal-Mart's Burwell as White House budget director
Chain Store Age
The U.S. Senate recently voted 96-0 to confirm former Wal-Mart Foundation president Sylvia Mathews Burwell as White House budget director. Burwell, the first fully confirmed budget director since January 2012, when Jack Lew, now Treasury Secretary, left the position to become Obama's chief of staff, received a vote of confidence from her former employer.
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Wal-Mart provides scheduling visibility to associates
Chain Store Age
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently said it is implementing a pilot program that brings increased transparency to its workforce scheduling and allows associates to choose more hours for themselves.
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Window dressing reboot: High art — and high tech — at a retailer near you
The Globe and Mail
With the popularity of online shopping, retail stores have a new challenge on their hands. "The retail environment is more competitive than ever," said Molly Leis, a New York-based luxury-retail consultant and principal of MRL Communications/ "To get us into a store is more challenging now. Window displays have become much more engaging."
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McDonald's considers all-day breakfast, delivery
USA Today
McDonald's is considering serving breakfast all day, offering rewards to frequent eaters and even delivering the golden arches to your door, the company's chief recently said. In an interview with CNBC, President and CEO Don Thompson said the world's largest fast-food chain "has looked at breakfast across the day" and "innovative ways" to expand hours in the United States, noting that it's already happened in other countries.
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Will longer hours boost sales?
The Wall Street Journal
Fast-food chains are hanging a lot of hopes on night owls and early birds. With a lean economy squeezing their sales, thousands of restaurants are extending their hours to try to get more people through the door. But franchisees are learning that it can take a lot of work to get the most out of off-hours snackers.
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Target to sell Wired-endorsed products
Adweek
Wired was born of the tech boom, but it's always styled itself as a lifestyle magazine. To that end, it's branched out into conferences, cultivated fashion and lifestyle advertisers, and even put its name on a handful of limited-edition products that it's sold in a pop-up store.
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Is Abercrombie getting its sexy mojo back?
MarketWatch
Time to be hot on Abercrombie & Fitch Co. again? Things hadn't been going well for the retailer known for its sexy image. The teen apparel retailer's stock has declined 2.8 percent in the past year, compared with a 15 percent gain in the S&P Retail Index. Its shares have lost about half of their value since reaching a peak of $85 in 2007.
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The future of retail in the age of the flagship store
The Wall Street Journal
The invention of the car didn't lead to the extinction of horse-drawn carriages — it just made them a rarer and more distinguished way of getting around, and primarily a tourist attraction. Now apply that same kind of idea to online shopping and the old-fashioned brick-and-mortar store: far from dying off, it could make them a less common but more impressive sight.
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For retailers, celebrity brands are an attractive lure
Chicago Tribune
Sears and a number of other department stores are hoping they can convince millennials that they're worthy of a second look, and, ideally, their lifelong loyalty. They're beefing up mobile shopping tools and bringing in more affordable, fashionable merchandise as well as signing up celebrities to sell their wares.
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PayPal expands further into stores, but Wal-Mart holds out
Reuters
PayPal is extending its reach to more physical stores, having signed up 50 merchant acquirers which help process payments but the eBay Inc unit has yet to persuade Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer.
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NRF: Consumers look to pamper Mom with iPads, jewelry this Mother's Day
National Retail Federation
Working hard to support the family day in and day out, mom will be more than recognized for her devotion this Mother's Day. According to NRF's Mother's Day spending survey conducted by BIGinsight, consumers will spend an average of $168.94 on mom, up 11 percent from last year's $152.52. Total spending is expected to reach $20.7 billion.
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US consumers less positive as economic concerns weigh
Reuters via CNBC
U.S. consumer sentiment eased in April as Americans remained concerned about their employment and financial prospects, a survey recently released showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment fell to 76.4 from 78.6 in March, although it topped economists' expectations for 73.2.
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Why you need to 'multiculturize' your brand
Retail Customer Experience
There is a huge emerging Latino wave "multiculturizing" America that will also change the mainstream market in the U.S. Latinos represent a massive $1.3 trillion in purchasing power and 56 percent of U.S. population growth. The Latino population is 52 million strong and growing, and they represent 17 percent of the U.S. population. The number of Latinos living in the U.S. is expected to grow up to 29 percent of the population by 2050 according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
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13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: Peak water
By Jay Fiske
Peak water? Yes, just like oil, we're headed into a state of "peak water," and we know what happens to costs when demand exceeds supply. However, peak water could make peak oil look like a walk in the park. Remember that water is essential for human life, and the demand for it will continue to grow with our world's population. The writing is on the wall, so let's see how we can mitigate that in our own businesses.
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Wal-Mart prefers developing own e-commerce technology
Supermarket News
Wal-Mart Stores would rather develop its own e-commerce technology than use existing systems so it can do a better job keeping up with changing customer needs, the company's top e-commerce executive said in a recent presentation.
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Marketing to millennials: You have to do it their way
Forbes
A specter haunts the waking hours of small-business owners everywhere. No, not the IRS auditor. And not the crazed poster of flaming Yelp critiques. The figure in the thoughts of small-business owners is the millennial. Millennials are your most important customers right now — and will be for years to come. They are young, typically defined as those people born after 1980. And, at 80 million, they make up the largest generation in U.S. history.
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Tablet shoppers are 3 times more likely to buy than smartphone shoppers
Internet Retailer
Consumers use tablets similar to the way they use a PC — to compare products and buy, a new study says. They use smartphones for quick actions like checking a price or finding a store. Indeed, the tablet conversion rate is 2.2 percent while smartphones come in at 0.7 percent, according to the new research from Adobe Systems Inc. titled "The State of Mobile Benchmark Q2 2013." Conversion rates on computers, meanwhile are 3.3 percent, the report notes.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


New NEXCOM DMM
On April 30, at 1:40 p.m., Beth Elmore wrote:
After 13 years with the Navy Exchange, Mike Patch has retired. His last day is today. We all wish him well and thank him for his guidance and business partnership these past years.

Watches and Sunglasses will now be reporting to John Bower. John has been with the Navy Exchange for the past six years as the Divisional Merchandise Manager over women apparel, children's and infants. Prior to the Navy Exchange, John had a long 27 year career with Peeble's department stores were he retired as a General Merchandise Manager.

We look forward to his input and guidance as we move our business forward though 2013 and beyond.

Beth Elmore
Watch & Sunglass Buyer
Navy Exchange Service Command
3280 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452-5724

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ALA Exchange E-Blast week 5/3/13

MCX SALES MARCH 2013

MCX ERIC MOORE'S LAST DAY — APRIL 26
Vendors,
I'm sad to report that my last day with MCX will be this Friday, April 26, but I've been offered a great opportunity with Dollar Tree in Chesapeake, Va. I apologize in advance for not being able to call everyone personally. Below is who you should contact until a new buyer is named.

For HBA/Personal Care:
Bob McLaughlin (mclaughlinr@usmc-mccs.org), Consumables DMM
Will Van Hoorn (William.VanHoorn@usmc-mccs.org), Jr. Buyer Spt Nut/Cleaning
Andrew Cordova (cordovaa@usmc-mccs.org), Repl. Analyst
Lisa Samad (Lisa.Samad@usmc-mccs.org), HBA/PC Data Tech
Jordan Shomo (Jordan.Shomo@usmc-mccs.org), NEW — HBA/PC Asst. Buyer

For Cleaning/Sports Nutrition:
Will Van Hoorn (William.VanHoorn@usmc-mccs.org), Jr. Buyer Spt Nut/Cleaning
Mallory Parker (Mallory.Parker@usmc-mccs.org), Spt Nut/Cleaning Data Tech

Thanks for everything that you have done and I know will continue to support the Marines and their families. It has been a pleasure working with all of you and growing our businesses together. Thanks again.

Eric M. Moore
HQ MCX BUYER
Health and Beauty Aids, Cleaning, Sports Nutrition & Personal Care
Semper Fit & Exchange Services Division
3044 Catlin Avenue
Quantico, VA 22134-5099
Phone: 703-784-2642
Fax: 703-784-5354
mooreer@usmc-mccs.org


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May is National Military Appreciation Month
U.S. Army
The President of the United States has proclaimed May as National Military Appreciation Month to remind Americans of the importance of the U.S. Armed Forces in history. It is a symbol of unity, honoring today's military men and women, veterans and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom.
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Outdoor rec reopens with new look, expanded product line
Schriever Air Force Base
Following a three-month renovation, the Schriever Outdoor Recreation and Information Tickets and Tours office held its grand re-opening ceremony March 29. Col. James Ross, 50th Space Wing commander, presided during the ceremony and highlighted some of the center's new features.
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