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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Here is hoping everyone had a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend ...

Now back to the task at hand. I would like you to take a few moments and review with thought the following three articles that address America's military members and their families. They describe a lifestyle that is different and often misunderstood by those who have not served and sacrificed. They help describe how a community and network of benefits have been developed over time to meet the needs and the unique stress levels we have placed on our military families.

The military resale benefits are a cornerstone of the all volunteer force. To see them in the cross hairs leads me to believe that the decision makers do not understand the relationship between these important programs and the service members and their families that rely on them. Next is a piece that peels back the onion on the relationship between the military and the rest of society. I use the onion analogy because the misunderstanding will bring tears to your eyes. Finally, please read the moving Memorial Day presentation from a Marine General and Gold Star father who lost a son in combat.

All three give you a better understanding about who we serve and why we must never give up the fight to protect the benefits they deserve.


Understanding the All Volunteer Force:
Bases offer families home away from home, minus civilians
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Stars and Stripes, Tony Perry
Communities that cluster around the largest bases — Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Campbell in Kentucky, Fort Hood in Texas, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state and Fort Benning in Georgia — are dominated by military personnel, reservists and retirees, many of them from multigenerational military families.


Understanding as a Nation what we ask them to do:
US military and civilians are increasingly divided
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Los Angeles Times, David Zucchino and David S. Cloud
The segregation is so pronounced that it can be traced on a map: Some 49 percent of the 1.3 million active-duty service members in the U.S. are concentrated in just five states — California, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia.


Understanding the price they are willing to pay:
General, Gold Star dad gives moving Memorial Day speech
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Marine Corps Times, Hope Hodge Seck
During a Memorial Day address aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid in New York City, Marine Gen. John Kelly helped his audience to understand exactly what it was to lose a loved one in war.




Maybe a day late and a dollar short:

I applaud the fact that DoD has decided to bring on a resale advisor to help craft a position moving forward, but you have to wonder to what end. I have had many philosophical and operational discussions with Phil Sakowitz about the resale programs their relationships and what works. After all he followed me as the Director and CEO of DeCA. He has demonstrated an understanding and strong support for these important programs.

DoD has submitted a budget and accompanying legislative proposals that will destroy the military resale benefits. Congress is in the process of its deliberations on these proposals. The Boston Consulting group will deliver its report on a variety of key issues impacting military resale moving forward. Congress is anxiously waiting for these results. I hope Phil Sakowitz is the Rosetta Stone that can show DoD that the path they have embarked on is a path to a bad ending.


Ex-commissary chief tapped as resale expert
Read the Full Story
Military Times, Karen Jowers
A former director of the Defense Commissary Agency has been tapped for a one-year appointment to be an adviser in the Defense Department as top officials make decisions related to the future of commissaries and exchanges.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


Dueling retirement reform plans mean more time for debate
Military Times
The most important difference between the Senate and House military retirement reform plans may just be that they're different.
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Issue tracker: Appropriations season
Defense News
Defying opposition from conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats — and a White House veto threat — the House Appropriations defense subcommittee approved a $578.6 billion 2016 Pentagon spending bill.
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SASC pushes bigger Army role in Pacific vs. China
Breaking Defense
The Senate Armed Services Committee has joined the push to give the Army a much larger role in the Pacific. The hard part, ironically, may be getting the Army to go along.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Specific information on upcoming ALA events is posted regularly on the ALA website. To learn more about each event, please click the following links:

Date Event
June 10 2015 Congressional Caucus
June 15 ALA NY Chapter 2015 West Point Charity Golf Outing
June 18 2015 Hampton Roads Luau & Golf
June 26 Europe Chapter Charity Golf
Oct. 26-28 68th Annual Convention


COALITION UPDATE


Obama hails first Memorial Day since end of combat in Afghanistan
USA Today
President Barack Obama honored the nation's fallen on May 25 by pointing out that this is the first Memorial Day since the end of combat operations in Afghanistan — and the first Memorial Day since 9/11 in which the United States is not involved in a major ground war. "Most Americans don't fully see — don't fully understand — the sacrifice made by the 1 percent who serve in this all-volunteer armed forces," Obama said during the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Chairman welcomes tragedy survivors to annual summit
U.S. Department of Defense
Speaking to families of fallen service members at the 21st annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) summit, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he loves that the members were there, but doesn't like how they got there. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey spoke at the organization's National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors for the fourth straight year as they gathered for healing and comfort during the Memorial Day weekend event.
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Providing for the living honors the dead
The Gazette
Columnist Lynda Waddington writes: Monday I will honor my brother, who gave his life in Vietnam while serving our nation…I honor my brother as well as all of our nation’s fallen by caring for veterans who have returned home and active military families who wait. And while that sounds simple — to make it a priority to care and provide for those who have served — it is a concept government officials have not yet grasped.
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DoD seeks to eliminate stigma for seeking mental health care
U.S. Department of Defense
The Defense Department wants service members to know there's no stigma in seeking mental health care, a DoD Health Affairs official said. "We want troops and their families to know DoD has great emphasis on gaining access to mental health care, reducing barriers and following where the research goes to provide them the best possible care," said Navy Capt. (Dr.) Michael J. Colston, psychiatrist and director of mental health policy, health services policy and oversight.
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National Guard responds to floods in Texas, Oklahoma
U.S. Department of Defense
Working with local and state first responders, Texas Guard members spent the Memorial Day weekend responding to calls for help all over Texas as heavy rain pounded the region. Texas Guard members have rescued more than 100 Texans in need during flooding across the state, since mid-May. Figures from the National Guard Bureau indicate that about 240 personnel are on duty in Texas during this emergency.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 AM, May 21, 2015 and 10 AM, May 28, 2015:

PROMOTIONS:
- DP #15, Far East Promotion & Shippers/Pallets/OTB's Quantities.
- DP #16, WW Promotion Package, Customer Appreciation Sale, National Hispanic Month & Labor Day Weekend Sales Event.

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
- 15-54, 2015 Promotion Display Dates Changes & Updated Promotion Calendar and an Excel Copy of the Promotion Calendar.

MISCELLANEOUS:
- Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 15-21.
- ALA Commissary Council May 21, 2015 Meeting Slides.
- DeCA Letter: Ordering Practices to US Distributors and DeCA CDC's, May 21, 2015.
- Guard/Reserve CONUS On-Site Sale Schedule, May 26, 2015.
- CRV Values as of May 24, 2015.




COMMISSARY NEWS


Special report: The war on big food
Fortune
Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone last year, as shoppers swerved to fresh and organic alternatives. Can the supermarket giants win you back?
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Campbell Soup still struggling to gain momentum
Food Business News
Earnings and sales for the Campbell Soup Co. were flat during the third quarter of fiscal 2015 as the company continued to realign its product mix in an effort to improve its performance.
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Tightly aligning with local market preferences key to online grocery success
FoodNavigator-USA
Paying close attention to local market dynamics is the key to success in the online grocery marketplace, according to a webinar put on recently by consulting firm Profitero, which specialized in e-commerce insights. Food categories are underrepresented online as compared to brick and mortar sales, meaning there is a huge opportunity, the presenters said.
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Almond milk sales are soaring
Fortune
American consumers are drinking almond milk in record numbers. Sales of the non-dairy product are now more than $700 million a year — up 40 percent in 2014 from 2013.
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Millennial food shoppers and diners
The Gourmet Retailer
Hartman Group's newest report shares millennials' food shopping and dining habits. According to the report, millennials are more spontaneous and adventurous when it comes to food and drink than previous generations.
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Fresh Market beats Street on profit, misses sales; will open 19 stores
Chain Store Age
It was a mixed first quarter for The Fresh Market Inc. as the grocery retailer met Wall Street expectations for profit but fell short on sales. Net income totaled $15.17 million, down 8 percent from $16.57 million.
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Supermarket LED lights talk to smartphone app
BBC
French shoppers have become the first to experience a new LED lighting system that sends special offers and location data to their smartphones.
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How 1 supermarket chain is tackling health care costs
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
The "Cadillac Tax" isn't the only reason executives are looking to shed health care costs; low-margin businesses don't have much choice but to arrest the increases and trim fat wherever they can.
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Millennials are driving snack sales growth and reshaping how Americans eat
FoodNavigator-USA
Sales of snacks account for a whopping 40 percent of the $370 billion U.S. packaged food market and are set to grow 2 percent annually through 2019, thanks in large part to millennials who eat more snacks than any other group, according to analysis by Euromonitor.
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Why frozen veggies may be healthier than fresh ones
Medical Daily
The latest video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions series debunks a widely-known myth that frozen vegetables aren't, in fact, less healthy than fresh vegetables.
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Survey: Concerns about chemicals in food rise, trust in food safety falls
FoodNavigator-USA
Concern about "chemicals" in the food supply is growing among Americans, many of whom are changing how they buy food as a result, according to a recent survey.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Wal-Mart to bring in-house some sourcing handled by Li & Fung
Reuters
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it has decided to bring in-house some of the product sourcing that has been handled by Direct Sourcing Group, a unit of Hong Kong's Li & Fung Ltd.
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Retail turnarounds: Who's winning the war
CNBC
Consumer preferences are constantly changing — a fact that some retailers are all too familiar with. Whether it was churning out passé logo tees that had long since fallen out of fashion, focusing too much on price and not enough on unique merchandise or giving customers change they had never asked for in the first place, retailers have had their share of stumbles over the past few years.
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Best Buy holds steady as consumer electronics sink
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Best Buy Co. got credit for not going backward. The electronics retailer's domestic sales, excluding newly opened or closed locations, edged up 0.6 percent in the three months ended May 2, as televisions and mobile phones offset shrinking sales of tablets and personal computers.
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Nowhere is safe: Tech comes to dressing rooms
Digiday
As traditional retailers digitize physical stores, one of the final frontiers is the fitting room. Companies have been reluctant to intrude with technology where customers strip down.
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Kohl's is the latest retailer to go outlet crazy
Fortune
The department store chain is opening a single store that will sell returned merchandise at deep discounts, becoming the latest retailer looking for a piece of the growing off-price pie.
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MasterCard, Target data breach settlement falls through
Reuters
A proposed $19 million settlement between MasterCard Inc. and Target Corp over the retailer's 2013 data breach fell through after not enough banks accepted the deal, the credit card company said.
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Gap Q1 profit, sales down, hurt by strong dollar; Old Navy continues to surge
Chain Store Age
Gap Inc. posted an 8 percent decline in its first quarter profit amid currency fluctuations, merchandise delays from the West Coast ports slowdown and sluggish sales at its namesake and Banana Republic stores. On a positive note, Old Navy continued its strong performance.
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Ross tops Wall Street with Q1 earnings; lifts outlook
Chain Store Age
Ross Stores Inc. topped Wall Street expectations with net earnings of $282 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, up 15 percent from $244 million in the year-ago period.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    New BRAC round inches forward in pending defense bill (Military Times)
USO transition 360 alliance (Defense News)
Organic foods: Why they're so expensive, and who owns your favorite brands (Fortune Magazine)
DoD rethinks Identity and Access Management strategy (C4ISR & Networks)
Washington, D.C.: Golf club manager shares plans for future (InsideNoVa.com)

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C-STORE NEWS


Summer travel season is here
CSP
Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start of summer. Barbecues, baseball games, outdoor activities and summer travel are probably on the agenda for most of us, which means a lot of time in the car is in our future.
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Beer losing share to wine in C-stores?
CSP
The beer category eked out just a 0.7 percent increase in case sales in convenience stores in 2014, according to IRI data, and a new survey shows growing evidence that consumers — from baby boomers to millennials — are continuing to move from beer to wine as part of a growing interest in better health.
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Infographic: How C-stores fuel America
CSP
There are approximately 246 million cars on the nation's roads. One out of every $25 spent in America is spent at a convenience store. From fuel to snacks to coffee, convenience stores are uniquely equipped to meet the needs of Americans on the go.
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What consumers want C-stores to know about their candy, snack preferences
CSP
"The consumer is more in charge than ever before," said Larry Levin during the opening keynote of the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo. "They are starting the dialogues, not brands."
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MWR NEWS


Army Family Action Plan Conference works to improve quality of life
The Mountaineer Online
The Army Family Action Plan is an Armywide program with a mission to improve all aspects of Army life. AFAP makes changes that affect everyone associated with the Army. Active and reserve component soldiers, retirees, Department of the Army Civilians and Family Members make up our Army family, and they are all affected by the positive changes that AFAP facilitates.
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Report slams Army officers over unused $36 million facility
Army Times
A report indicates an unused $36 million command-and-control facility built at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, recommends that three Army officers be held accountable for their roles in denying plans to cancel the construction and in irregularities with a follow-up investigation — a move the Defense Department rejected.
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Maryland: AAFES deputy director visits post Exchange
Fort Meade Soundoff
Air Force Maj. Brandon J. Daigle (lef speaks with Army and Air Force Exchange Deputy Director Michael Immler at the Exchange on May 13. Immler toured the new main store, food court and Express facilities to better understand how the Exchange can best meet the needs of the community.
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