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Committee OKs enhanced commissaries program
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Army Times, Rick Maze
The House Armed Services Committee has authorized a pilot program of an "enhanced" commissary that would sell groceries, alcoholic beverages and discounted tobacco products. The committee doesn't say where the test store would be located, other than narrowing it to a base that is designated for either closure or a significant reduction as a result of realigning units.


FLASH: 3 percent withholding delayed an additional year:

The ALA still strongly supports full repeal of this initiative and we work closely with the withholding relief coalition. Because of the hard work of members of our coalition, particularly our Lobby Team, the number of cosponsors of the House repeal bill, H.R. 674, has reached 101 members as of today, and the combined total on the two Senate bills, S.89 and S.164, comes to 16, including the lead sponsors. In the short term, the publication of the IRS Rules grants short-term relief.

IRS delays contractor tax withholding
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Government Executive, Emily Long
The Internal Revenue Service is pushing off an unpopular requirement that the government withhold a percentage of its payments to most contractors for tax purposes.


GAO: New IDs aren't keeping ports secure
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Government Executive, Joseph Marks
Despite nine years of fine-tuning and more than $400 million in funding, a government-issued picture ID card used at U.S. ports provides less security than the average state-issued driver's license, a federal auditor told lawmakers.


Congress:

Fiscal crisis dims personnel initiatives for 2012
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Kitsap Sun, Tom Philpott
The fiscal 2012 defense budget taking shape in Congress could have the fewest significant initiatives for military personnel, retirees and their families in a generation.


Lawmaker proposes federal hiring freeze
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Government Executive, Emily Long
A House lawmaker is seeking a freeze on federal hiring until the government eliminates its deficit.


Lawmakers moving to block defense cuts
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The Washington Post, Walter Pincus
Lawmakers overseeing defense spending are moving to block or modify deep cuts proposed by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, setting up a key vote that soon could help determine the success of the administration's attempt to shrink the Pentagon's budget.


House speaker calls for spending cuts equal to rise in debt limit
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Government Executive, Susan Davis
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reasserted the House GOP's negotiating position on the pending vote to increase the debt limit in a high-profile speech recently before Wall Street heavyweights nervous about how the politics of the vote could shake an already weak economic recovery.


House plan backs higher military health care fees
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The Boston Globe, Donna Cassata
After years of resisting proposed increases for military men and women, budget-conscious lawmakers suddenly are poised to make them pay a bit more for their health care, although not on the terms proposed by President Barack Obama.


McKeon Opposes White House Defense Policy
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Defense News, Kate Brannen
The battle lines over the U.S. defense budget debate became clearer recently, with Democratic and Republican leaders in the House outlining opposing views for how the United States can remain a strong world power.


Panetta's challenge: Slimming down the Pentagon
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The Washington Post, Gordon Adams
Leon Panetta still may be savoring the successful operation against Osama bin Laden in a month or two. But as the incoming defense secretary, he will have a major challenge of a different order: presiding over a defense build-down.


Don't pack for Guam just yet:

Lawmakers US military plans in Japan unaffordable
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The Boston Globe, Matthew Pennington
The planned reorganization of American forces in east Asia, including on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, is unworkable and unaffordable, three influential U.S. senators said.


VA slammed:

Court orders major overhaul of VA's mental health system
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Los Angeles Times, Carol J. Williams
A federal appeals court recently lambasted the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to care for those suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and ordered a major overhaul of the behemoth agency.


New base access requirements for Fort Hood:

Fort Hood vendor info: HQ US Northcom Force Protection Directive 11-121, amplification to FPCON direction
ATTN: All Fort Hood visitors,
This information is important for all vendors who work for or represent the various companies supporting Fort Hood exchange facilities and need post access.

Each vendor on site needs to be provided with a letter, on respective company stationary, listing the name of the vendor representative, their point of contact at the company, company address and telephone number, and stating what facilities they frequent. It should be signed by your human resources manager at your firm or authorized person there, affirming that the representative in question works for your company.

Fort Hood will be testing Force Protection code "CHARLIE" soon, at which time the vendor must have a current Fort Hood decal, military ID or the letter to go through the gate. If they do not have those three items they will be asked to go to the visitor's center to obtain day pass. At code CHARLIE, a driver's license will not be accepted as authorized access document; however, it may be asked for as well. Each vendor must be ready for that when this happens.


House moves on defense bill:

House panel OKs defense bill, delays gay service
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News, Donna Cassata
A House panel recently approved a defense bill that would delay President Barack Obama's new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military and limit the commander in chief's authority on slashing the nation's nuclear arsenal.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA


Washington Update


McDonnell asks DoD to delay BRAC transfer
The Washington Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked the Defense Department to delay the relocation of thousands of military workers to the Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. Citing recent reports issued by the Department of Defense Inspector General and the Virginia Department of Transportation that foretell of gridlock around the site, McDonnell in a May 6 letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked for more time to complete transportation improvements. More

Pentagon trying to avoid across-the-board cuts
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon is offering new clues on how it plans to meet a White House goal of trimming the military budget by $400 billion over the next decade as it winds down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Speaking at a recent investment conference in New York, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said the department would avoid "across the board cuts" to military spending, and had launched a process that would identify "where the nation is willing to accept risk" when it comes to investing in new weaponry. More

First nurse nominated as Army surgeon general
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Maj. Gen. Patricia Horoho would become the first nurse and the first woman to serve as the Army Surgeon General if the Senate confirms her nomination and simultaneous promotion to lieutenant general, which recently were announced by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Horoho currently serves as Army deputy surgeon general and 23rd chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. More

Report: Japan, US give up on 2014 airbase relocation target
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Japan and the United States have given up on a plan to relocate by 2014 an American airbase on the southern island of Okinawa, which has angered local residents and soured bilateral ties, the Yomiuri newspaper recently reported. The ongoing debate over where to relocate the U.S. Marines' Futenma airbase long has been a thorn in relations between the two allies and prompted Prime Minister Naoto Kan's predecessor to resign last year. More

US boosts ranks of elite forces
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The Obama administration secretly has been building up its ranks of hunter-killer commandos, such as the Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden. Since 2009, the U.S. has boosted the number of strike teams in Afghanistan from four to 20, each with 10 to 100 men. These and other special-operations forces have carried out thousands of raids in the past year, officials said, killing about 3,200 insurgents and capturing approximately 8,000 more. More

A local push for military to wear US sneakers
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since World War II, U.S. military forces have worn American-made apparel from their helmets down to their socks. Every stitch, every yard of camouflage, every combat boot is supposed to come from a U.S. factory. But not their sneakers. More

Commissary News


H-E-B offers private-label hand soaps
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H.E. Butt Grocery Co. has introduced a private-label line of hand sanitizers and soaps. Orchid is comparable to brands such as Bath & Body Works and Bodycology, according to a beauty blogger who authors the mycrazysavings.com blog. More

Supervalu adds color to dietary guidelines
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At its Acme and Farm Fresh chains on the East Coast, Minneapolis-based Supervalu Inc. has rolled out a newly expanded in-store color-coded better-for-you food finder — Nutrition iQ — and an education initiative called "Colors in Your Carriage" to help grocery shoppers navigate the aisles while meeting their nutrition needs. Both chains have offered color-coded nutrition tags on more than 2,500 center store food items since last year. More

Whole foods rolls out animal welfare certification
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Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market said all fresh beef, pork and chicken sold in its U.S. stores now is certified under the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system, providing shoppers with a new depth of information about how farm animals are raised. The 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system — the signature program of the nonprofit Global Animal Partnership — identifies incrementally higher welfare practices and conditions within farm animal production systems. More

10 insider grocery savings secrets
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Besides couponing, there are so many different ways to save money on your grocery bill — if only you knew the ins and outs of your favorite store's policies and promotions. And how do you find that out? "Just ask your store manager, who will happily tell you how to save the most at their store," says Annette Economides, who co-authored "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family." More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website since 10 a.m. May 5 and as of 10 a.m. May 12:

PROMOTIONS
  • DP #11, update #1, and CONUS Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
  • DP #12, Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
  • DP #13, Far East Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
  • Christmas International, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
  • 2011 Holiday Thanksgiving/Christmas — 2012 Superbowl WW Promotion Package.
  • Summer Club Pack July Quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE

None received.

MISCELLANEOUS
  • Adds/changes/deletes for Week 11-19.
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
  • 2011 Reset Schedule, Update #6.


RUN IN THE ARMY 10 MILER:
From Cindy Dulik, PepsiCo, commissary council chair:

I would like to invite you to join me, Team DeCA and Team ALA Industry in the Army Ten-Miler on Sunday, Oct. 9, in Washington, D.C. If you're interested in participating in a historic event with thousands of your fellow Americans, come join the fun!

Background information: Each year, tens of thousands of runners and spectators come to Washington, D.C., to join this race classic. Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the Army Ten-Miler proceeds support Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers and their families. The race starts and finishes at the Pentagon, passing by D.C. landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the Capitol Building.

Cost: $55 per individual.

Registration (you must register yourself): Runners who have participated in at least seven Army Ten-Miler races can begin registration May 1. For everyone else, general registration will open May 15. Click here for more information.

Last year registration filled up in just hours! I would suggest getting online early if you want to run. After you have registered, the names of each member of our team should be submitted to Cindy Dulik at cindy.dulik@pepsico.com by Aug. 1. We will then put together Industry Teams!

Team DeCA — led by CSM Gaines — is ready to go! Are you ready to join them and your industry peers in running the Army Ten Miler?

Lace 'em up and let's go!

Cynthia Dulik
PepsiCo Warehouse Sales
Director - Military and Distributor Sales
Office: 804-233-3506
Cell: 864-630-9240
cindy.dulik@pepsico.com

MEETINGS CANCELED:

With the exception of the ALA/DeCA Training Event & Conference scheduled for May 23-25, DeCA has CANCELED all the other Region meetings for 2011 (East, West, Korea & Europe).

UPCOMING COMMISSARY RELATED MEETINGS:

2011 Congressional Caucus: June 14, House Rayburn Building, Washington, D.C. Watch for registration information.

2011 ALA/DeCA Training Event & Conference: May 23-25, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Norfolk, Va. Registration is available.

2011 ALA/DeCA Hawaii Conference & Food Show: Aug. 15-18, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu. Watch for registration information.

64th Annual Convention: Oct. 4-6, Orlando World Marriott Center, Orlando, Fla. Watch for registration information.


ALA Meetings


ALA Congressional Caucus
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Gordon will join us on the morning of June 14 in Washington, D.C., at the Rayburn House Office Building and address the congressional caucus. In light of the recent budget stress, this is a must-attend event. Click here to visit our webpage and register today!

For details on any of our events, visit our Web page at www.ala-national.org.


Exchange News


Fueling democracy: Brands have a bigger role to play in society
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's more often the case that you don't choose the things you believe in, they choose you, and in the name of "universal conscience," whether nascent or proactive, mercurial brands Twitter, Facebook, Skype and Google certainly have acted influentially and are unsurpassed in history. "Brand" always has favored revolution, and the likes of these brands metaphorically represent this freedom tsunami in several ways — the people, the place and the time. More

Sears launches events to support US military families
Kantar Retail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Working with the nonprofit Rebuilding Together, Sears has launched its fourth annual "Heroes at Home" campaign to renovate and repair more than 300 American military families' homes. Sears also will be collecting donations to support the effort in stores and online at sears.com/heroesathome now through July 16. More

Gas prices drive shoppers online
Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pain at the pump? Not for these shoppers. More than 28 percent of U.S. consumers say they are shopping online more because of rising gas costs, according to a survey conducted exclusively for Internet Retailer by Synovate, a global market research firm. More

US economy preview: Retail sales probably climbed in April
Bloomberg News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sales at U.S. retailers probably climbed in April, reinforcing evidence that employment gains are allowing Americans to weather higher fuel costs, economists said. The projected 0.6 percent gain in purchases would follow a 0.4 percent increase in March, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey ahead of Commerce Department figures May 12. Another report may show the cost of living increased. More

Retailers reining in sophisticated theft rings
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Police say 19 people spent two years clearing shelves of local Kroger, Walgreens, Wal-mart and Dick's Sporting Goods stores, then selling the stolen items to unsuspecting customers for cents on the dollar. Out of the tough economic environment has emerged a new class of property theft that's enriching professional criminals and putting U.S. retailers on highest alert. More

Economy cuts shopping trips
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Shoppers reduced their average supermarket shopping trips to 1.69 per week, according to data released at Food Marketing Institute's Future Connect conference. The frequency was the lowest in the history of FMI's Trends survey of consumer shopping habits. More

Steering shoppers to the center
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As more shoppers seek the convenience of online shopping, retailers will need to enhance the in-store experience for tech-savvy consumers looking to get more out of their brick-and-mortar shopping trips. Easy-to-use mechanisms such as smartphone applications and "virtual stockboy" kiosks are just the thing to get with-it customers excited about navigating the depths of 21st century center store. More

Cash payment network to build traffic, dollars for 7-Eleven
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
PayNearMe, a Silicon Valley-based cash payment network, recently announced four new initiatives with 7-Eleven that will provide consumers with an easier and quicker way to purchase transportation tickets, pay their utility bills, transfer money and make cash payments for international mobile top-up services. The new services are expected to drive traffic, as well as generate commission-related income, for the Dallas-based convenience store chain. More

Fast-food lobbies US states on 'Happy Meal' laws
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Fast-food companies are asking U.S. state legislators to remove restaurant marketing from local governments' regulatory menu, in the latest industry bid to stay a step ahead of anti-obesity laws. The lobbying push, which has succeeded in Arizona and gained traction in Florida, aims to stop marketing restrictions before they start. The efforts come as food companies face increasing scrutiny from the U.S. government over how they pitch their products to youngsters as obesity rates rise. More

Exchange Announcements


ALA NY Chapter golf outing at Scenic West Point Military Academy
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Monday, June 20
Scenic West Point Military Academy
New York

Join us for a day of golf, fun and networking!

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship monies to military dependent children. Your past support has allowed us to increase the scholarship payments from previous years and we have even bigger goals in the works.

You can help:

Hole sponsorships: An important source of contributions to the scholarship fund. Whether or not you are able to attend the event, please consider sponsoring a hole. Email your company logo and we will include on hole sponsorship sign.

Prize donations: The raffle/auction is an very important source of fund raising. We appreciate whatever you can provide.

Please email me the item/items you are donating and ship to:

Denise Passarella
Pepsi Cola Military Sales
700 Anderson Hill Rd. MD 426
Purchase, N.Y. 10577-1444
(NOTE: PLEASE MARK BOX WITH YOUR COMPANY NAME AND ALA GOLF EVENT)

Please note that to guarantee you receive a shirt in your requested size, we MUST receive your completed reservation form by May 20.

We must order the shirts well in advance. Reservations for the event will be accepted after the May 20 deadline, but we may not have your size available when you arrive. Please help us out and get your reservation forms in early.

We hope to see you on June 20.

For the ALA NY Chapter,



Linda S. Sharlin
Board Member, NY Chapter ALA
Linda@Maxisavergroup.com
609-577-9634


Washington Update


Army MWR contest promotes healthy lifestyle, resiliency
U.S. Army MWR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In May, 59 garrisons worldwide will participate in the "Strong B.A.N.D.S." promotion in support of National Sports and Fitness Month. B.A.N.D.S. stands for Balanced lifestyle, Actively motivated, Nutritional health, Determined to excel, Strength and conditioning. The MWR promotion is designed to energize and inspire community members to live a healthy lifestyle. More

Army's new chief of staff talks about his priorities, worries
NationalJournal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gen. Martin Dempsey became the Army's 37th chief of staff April 11, after leading the service's Training and Doctrine Command. He is no stranger to the battlefield, having served as deputy and acting commander of U.S. Central Command in 2007 and 2008. But while he is leading an Army that has been at war for nearly a decade, he also must prepare his force for the future. More
 
 

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