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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Chairman of the Joint Chiefs describes tough choices ahead ... mentions commissaries:

Dempsey: 'There will be changes in family support programs'
Read the Full Statement
Army Times, Karen Jowers
Budget cuts will almost certainly affect family support programs, defense officials said July 8, so the military community should speak up and advocate for the programs they value most. Changes will come to the programs as officials scrutinize the entire Defense Department budget for potential cuts, "but we're not going to do this from Washington with the famous 6,000-mile screwdriver," said Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

DeCA Budget cutting options become detailed:

Commissary cuts could be coming
Read the Full Statement
Army Times, Karen Jowers
Selling beer, wine and other products at a markup in commissaries is among the proposals being floated in the Pentagon as officials look for ways to save money, according to a source familiar with the discussions. Defense officials, looking in every corner to find ways to save money, ordered Defense Commissary Agency officials to participate in a review laying out options for cutting its $1.4 billion annual operating budget by one-third.


Military Times once again targets commissaries:

Commissary cuts could be coming
Read the Full Statement
Army Times
Two targets for budget cuts now under close review are the commissary system and permanent change-of-station moves. The Pentagon spends $1.4 billion subsidizing its 247 domestic and overseas commissaries, which provide groceries to some 12 million authorized customers each year. For those who use them, the commissaries provide a valuable benefit, providing groceries at cost, plus a 5 percent surcharge — saving customers an estimated $2.7 billion a year, according to the Defense Commissary Agency.


The Coalition responds:

July 10, 2013, Letter to the Editor, Military Times:
RE: Editorial "Cut Costs, Not Readiness"

Your paper reports that DoD is floating savings alternatives to fund commissaries such as increasing prices on selected items and eliminating the overseas transportation costs. We disagree with this approach because overseas transportation is key to keeping prices low where commissary savings are most needed and other changes must weigh the impact on the exchanges.

We don't think commissaries should be cut any further than they already have been cut. And, we don't think that closing large stores, as you suggest, is the answer either.

Your editorial states that there are sufficient commercial alternatives to commissaries outside the gate. But DoD's statistics show that commercial stores cost on average 31 percent more than the on-base stores. Of course, one can argue that there are commercial alternatives to any benefit provided to the military. But outsourcing these benefits entails a direct and punishing cost to the beneficiaries — and breaks a promise. And, the same beneficiary cost holds true with commissaries. There's a reason there are programs to provide benefits to military personnel, including the commissary benefit: They save the troops money and stretch their paychecks.

You argue that the stores are mostly for retirees. Yes, a lot of retirees shop at commissaries because it is a valued and earned benefit. But DoD's own statistics shows that 90 percent of active duty or family members have used the commissary in the last 12 months and 82 percent were satisfied with their commissaries. And the fact is the active force watches very closely how retirees are treated when they make their decisions to stay or leave the service.

You argue that we should keep the small stores and stores in remote locations. But, the reality of supply chain economics is that big stores support small stores, and stores in high-density metropolitan areas support small stores and those overseas. It's just simple economics — volume creates economies of scale.

We agree with you that commissaries should not be funded at the expense of the exchanges. Exchange income is not the way to offset cuts. Commissaries have been cut enough. If one was looking for waste and inefficiency in DoD, you couldn't cite a worse example than commissaries. Excess commissaries have been closed. In fact, 170 have been closed since 1991 leaving 248 stores to serve these patrons.

Of course we are not saying that commissaries shouldn't tighten their belts just like everyone else in DoD must do these days. Their annual costs have been reduced by $700 million from where they would have been without store closures and efficiencies. This does not include $500 million that was saved when inventory was outsourced in 1996. And commissary shoppers have contributed nearly $6 billion over the past 20 years to build their own facilities.

The answer is to allow the commissary system to remain a viable benefit for the troops, achieve efficiencies as they continually do, and downsize proportionately with the rest of DoD. That’s the responsible course based on the facts.

Sincerely,
Candace Wheeler
Vice President of Strategic Communications & Marketing
The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits

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Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
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Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association


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WASHINGTON UPDATE


Hagel warns lawmakers about effects of Pentagon budget cuts in 2014
The Washington Post
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently warned key lawmakers that slashing $52 billion from the Pentagon's budget next year if across-the-board budget cuts remain in effect would have "severe and unacceptable effects."
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New Defense Health Agency taking shape
Army Times
The clock is ticking on the Tricare Management Activity, the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical Command and other military health offices slated for aggregation into the new Defense Health Agency. Starting Oct. 1, the Defense Health Agency will oversee about half of the common health services used by the military medical commands, such as Tricare and pharmacy benefits, health information technology, medical logistics and facilities planning.
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Companies stepping up efforts to hire returning veterans
Los Angeles Times
Corporate America is on a veteran hiring binge. With the war in Afghanistan winding down, thousands of veterans are returning home to an economy that is improving but by no means robust. That's creating a unique challenge for those coming back from years in the service and trying to readjust to civilian life.
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Admiral: Brace for similar sequester impact in 2014
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, recently told gatherings of Hampton Roads-based sailors and regional business and political leaders that unless Congress intercedes, he's preparing for 2014 to be much like this year, with reductions in some military operations and ship construction and repairs, and the possibility of more civilian furloughs.
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The military needs to reach out to civilians
The Washington Post
The last decade of war has affected the relationship between our society and the military. We can't allow a sense of separation to grow between us. As the all-volunteer force enters its fifth decade, civilians and the military need to maintain the shared understanding necessary for a healthy relationship.
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Commissary best on a military budget (Fort Hood Herald)
General Mills: US cereal decline can be beaten if you're clever (Bakery and Snacks)
They said the sequester would be scary ... Mostly, they were wrong (The Washington Post)

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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., July 11, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
DP #16, Update #1 and Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
DP #19, WW Promotion Program, Autumn Dollar Days.
Thanksgiving/Christmas, Ham Program.
2013 Fall Club Pack Program.
Christmas Gift Packs, Far East & Alaska Quantities less Anchorage.
Christmas International, Far East & Alaska Quantities Less Anchorage.
Thanksgiving/Christmas, Dry Grocery, Far East & Alaska Quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE
13-95, Feminine Hygiene Category Review.
13-97, Diaper Training Live Test Set Date.
13-98, Bleach/Pre-Wash/Starch Live Test Set Date.
13-99, Gravy & Seasoning Mixes.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-28 – Not published this week.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
Aug. 19, 2013: Commissary Council Consumer Awareness Golf Tournament, Country Club of Petersburg, Petersburg, Va. Registration open!
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La. Registration open!
Oct. 15–17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii



COMMISSARY NEWS


DeCA tests curbside pickup of Internet orders
Progressive Grocer
Defense Commissary Agency shoppers can now buy groceries online and pick them up curbside at the store with DeCA's new CLICK2GO online ordering service. In testing the new Internet-ordering and curbside pickup service at Fort Lee, DeCA seeks to provide what commissary customers want and keep pace with evolving shopping trends without driving up operating costs, according to Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO.
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Farm Fresh ups military discount
Supermarket News
Farm Fresh Supermarkets has begun offering a 10 percent discount on grocery purchases for military personnel on Mondays — a move that coincided with the closure of military commissaries resulting from federal sequestration cuts.
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General Mills now sees growth in products, not deals
Star Tribune
Don't look for acquisitions to generate growth for General Mills Inc. this year. Instead, executives say the company will expand via marketing and the rollout of more than 200 new products, from "artisan" soups under its Progresso brand to co-branded items with candymaker Hershey Co.
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Del Monte Foods attracts interest from Fresh Del Monte, Pinnacle
Reuters
Pinnacle Foods and Fresh Del Monte are among the companies considering offers for Del Monte Foods' canned foods business, a deal that could be worth more than $1.5 billion, four people familiar with the process recently said.
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Preventative maintenance and repair of Mettler Toledo equipment
Federal Business Opportunities
Perform preventive maintenance and repair on Government Owned Mettler Toledo meat processing equipment such as automatic wrappers and scales at 103 various Defense Commissary Agency commissaries throughout the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. DeCA intends to award a sole source, firm fixed-price contract under the authority of Federal Acquisition Requisition 6.302-1, Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements, on an all or none basis to Mettler Toledo Inc.
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Hawaii's commissaries are found as 'most valuable' in world
U.S. Army
The latest formal Price Comparison Study, issued by the Defense Commissary Agency in June, reports Hawaii's commissaries lead the world in customer savings. Hawaii commissary shoppers are the beneficiaries, saving a whopping 49.3 percent compared to those who shop at Hawaii's commercial supermarkets, according to the research.
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How a new grocery store concept reduces waste and increases profits
Terra
Think of your average supermarket — it's a place of plenty, with piles of fresh vegetables bursting off the shelves, yard after yard of meats, cheeses, breads and every wholesome and unwholesome thing you could ever want to stuff in your face. But that illusion of abundance comes with an enormous cost.
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Biggest supermarket operator is getting bigger
The Boston Globe
Kroger Co., the country's largest traditional supermarket operator, is expanding its reach in key Southeast and mid-Atlantic states by snapping up Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. The $2.44 billion cash deal reflects Kroger's growth plans as supermarkets fight competition from big-box retailers such as Target Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., as well as drugstores and dollar stores that are expanding their food sections.
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New trend has grocery products loaded with protein
KING-TV
When shopping at the grocery store, it's hard not to notice the number of products touted as a good source of a protein. But, are we getting too much of a good thing? Research that shows protein can help shed pounds and keep people fuller has led to an increase in consumption — a fact that has not gone unnoticed by food manufacturers.
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More bases accepting solar power as an energy alternative
Air Force Times
Airmen can expect to see more solar panels throughout their bases, in their neighborhoods and even on their rooftops. Plans call for solar power to make up 58 percent of the military's renewable energy capability by 2017, according to a report released in May by the Solar Energy Industries Association.

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Air Force picks Fort Bliss: 10,000 airmen annually would use new training center
El Paso Times
The U.S. Air Force is looking to move its newly configured Security Forces Regional Training Center to Fort Bliss, the military's preferred site for the training operation, officials recently announced.

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Defense contractors and military personnel can't fill in for furloughed civilians
Government Executive
During furlough days that began July 8, Defense Department managers may not "borrow military manpower" nor step up assignments to contractors to make up for idled civilian employees, a Pentagon official recently directed.

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EXCHANGE NEWS


Wal-Mart will cancel 3 DC stores if wage bill passes
Chain Store Age
Wal-Mart confirmed in an op-ed in the Washington Post that it will pull the plug on three planned stores in the Washington, D.C., area if the D.C. Council passes a bill setting a higher minimum wage for large retailers.
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Target founder Douglas Dayton dies at 88; started big-box retailer with family in 1962
The Washington Post
Douglas Dayton, who led the transformation of a family department store into retailing giant Target Corp., has died at the age of 88. Douglas James Dayton was the youngest of George Nelson Dayton's five sons who took over the family's downtown Minneapolis department store from their father in 1948. Douglas Dayton started working in the family business after serving in an Army infantry division in Europe during World War II, where he was injured and received a Purple Heart.
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Clothiers act to inspect Bangladeshi factories
The New York Times
A mostly European consortium of 70 retailers and apparel brands has agreed to inspect within nine months all Bangladeshi garment factories that supply the companies. In a recently announced plan, the companies agreed that they would take responsibility and immediate action wherever serious safety problems are found. They pledged "to insure that sufficient funds are available to pay for renovations and other safety improvements."
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Office Depot shareholders set to vote on merger with OfficeMax
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Office Depot shareholders will cast their votes on a merger with OfficeMax, a deal some say is a long overdue consolidation in a shrinking retail industry with too many stores. A merger of the No. 2 and No. 3 office-supply companies would create an $18 billion company with increased purchasing power, greater leverage to win business, and across-the-board savings, the Boca Raton and Naperville, Ill., companies contend.
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As Obamacare rolls out, retail clinics are booming again
Forbes
Retail clinics are booming again with the Affordable Care Act slated to offer coverage for uninsured individuals on exchanges this fall. The latest analysis from Tom Charland of Merchant Medicine, which tracks the retail clinic and urgent care mark, has the number of retail clinics up nearly 7 percent to 1,443 as of July 1 compared to the same time a year ago when there were 1,351.
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US reports strong job growth in June, 2 prior months
McClatchy via Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Hiring has broken out to a new, higher level as employers added a better-than-expected 195,000 jobs in June and the prior two months were revised upward. Most mainstream economists had expected June jobs in the range of 150,000 to 175,000, so the latest reading of a key economic indicator was a positive surprise.
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Shop in line or online?
The Journal Gazette
Paper or plastic isn't the only decision facing shoppers at checkout. Brick-and-mortar retailers are out to prove they are every bit as convenient as their online competitors – maybe more so. After all, buying from a traditional store means customers get their goods immediately. Still, retailers are offering customers several choices at checkout to make sure the shopping experience is a pleasant one.
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Some apparel manufacturing 'reshoring' to USA
USA Today
A small but growing number of clothing designers and retailers are bringing some production back to the U.S. The firms cite rising labor costs, poor quality and long lead times in China.
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HSN enjoys a mobile-shopping rebirth in the digital era
The Wall Street Journal
When Mindy Grossman took over as CEO of HSN Inc. five years ago, she was up against naysayers who said the Home Shopping Network would die in the digital age. True, Home Shopping Network had a reputation of C-list celebrities selling rhinestone jewelry and miracle skin creams to couch potatoes. But digital hasn't been the death of HSN, by any means.
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How retailers do well by doing good
This is Retail
By the very nature of the business, retailers have a unique opportunity to play a significant role in supporting the communities where they do business. With stores and employees in neighborhoods across the country, retail companies can make a tangible national impact by contributing help and resources locally.
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RadioShack, in Best Buy's shadow, stages its own turnaround
MarketWatch
As attention centers on Best Buy Co. and how its new Chief Executive Hubert Joly can turn around the largest U.S. electronics chain, often ignored is its smaller rival RadioShack Corp.'s own revamp efforts. Just like Best Buy, RadioShack in February named its own new CEO as it seeks to reverse declining sales and stem losses. Recently, the company unveiled on New York's Upper West Side what it hoped will be an answer to turn RadioShack into an "electronics playground."
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Retail vacancies lowest in 4 years
The Wall Street Journal
The recovering U.S. economy is helping retail landlords slowly fill empty space and charge a bit more rent. The average vacancy rate at U.S. retail property in the second quarter fell to its lowest level in more than three years to 10.5 percent, down from 10.6 percent in the first quarter, according to a recent report by real-estate research firm Reis Inc. Asking rent increased to $19.19 a square foot from $19.13 in the first quarter.
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The big mobile lie: It's not really driving purchase
Advertising Age
If you have anything at all to do with in-store shopper marketing, mobile is likely near the top of your to-do list, and you are surrounded by people evangelizing about its huge impact on shopper behavior. Indeed, a quick search of publicly available research turns up the following claims: Four out of five consumers use mobile devices for shopping-related purposes; 46 percent have used mobile only in path-to-purchase; 89 percent of smartphone owners use their mobile while grocery shopping. Unfortunately, most of this research is misleading, and often worse, a distortion of reality.
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NRF predicts cautious back-to-school shopper
MediaPost
While levels of consumer confidence are reaching six-year highs, a new survey from the National Retail Federation reports that about 77 percent of families with children in school are worrying about money, and say the state of the economy will affect their back-to-school shopping. That's down a bit from last year's survey (when 80 percent expressed those concerns).
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Retailers weather heat wave in western US
Women's Wear Daily
Retailers are feeling the heat yet doing better than expected as they weather triple-digit temperatures in the West. (Subscription required.)
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Target pushes out its Cartwheel slowly but surely
Star Tribune
Since first conceiving of Cartwheel last year, Target Corp. has adopted a cautious, almost tentative, approach to its digital coupon program. For one thing, Cartwheel represents the first major digital effort created entirely by Target staff. Plus, the process is relatively complex.
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What's keeping industry economists up at night?
Retail's BIG Blog
While predicting fiscal results or trends in consumer spending might seem like a science, it is, in fact, an art. A chief economists job is to attempt to successfully explain and predict the behavior of the economy based on the myriad of economic statistics and available data. Retailers look to these indicators to gauge everything from consumer sentiment to monthly retail sales and even stock market trends. As an industry that relies on consumer spending for survival, you can imagine retail has some pretty high stakes when it comes to economic conversations and estimates.
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Top 10 stories of the 1st half of 2013
Chain Store Age
Having passed the calendar's mid-point, Chain Store Age thought it would be interesting to take a look at the most viewed stories of the year to date on Chainstoreage.com.
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Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch resigns as retailer struggles with weak sales, big losses
The Washington Post
Barnes & Noble Inc. recently said that William Lynch has stepped down as CEO, effective immediately, just weeks after the book retailer announced weak sales, big losses and the declining popularity of its Nook e-readers.
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Nielsen survey dissects shopping behavior by region
Women's Wear Daily
Impulse dominates in one part of the world, while price rules in another. In some regions, brand loyalty is key, while elsewhere famous labels have a growing appeal. (Subscription required.)
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Special report: 'Supply Chain Optimization'
Chain Store Age
Supply Chain Optimization looks at how changing demand, multiple channels and increased consumer expectations are redefining the retail landscape and putting increased emphasis on supply chain infrastructures.
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Pep Boys designs new store concept
Chain Store Age
It's not your father's Pep Boys...not by a long shot. The auto parts and service retailer is testing a new store concept designed to extend its appeal beyond its core DIY-car enthusiasts audience to "do-it-for-me" drivers, which include many female customers.
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How retailers can combat online discount sites
Dallas Business Journal
Local retailers face a growing threat as companies such as Amazon Local leverage strategies to offer the lowest prices, according to a white paper recently released by MultiView. But the director in retail and consumer practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Dallas-Fort Worth said online discount companies won't completely change the face of retail. "It's a new technology, a new challenge and a potential threat, but it's not necessarily the end of retailing as we know it," said Al Meyers.
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AAA Fuel Gauge Report: Gas prices continue to inch lower
Convenience Store News
Gas prices continue to tick down slightly, giving summer travelers welcome relief at the pump. However, industry watchers are keeping an eye on unrest in Egypt. According to this week's AAA Fuel Gauge Report, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline hit $3.47 per gallon on Monday, July 8 — a penny less than one week ago and 16 cents less than one month ago. Still, the average remains 9 cents higher than the same day last year.
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Small but mighty
Internet Retailer
Second 500 growth leaders use search marketing, narrow product offerings and technology to drive sales, according to Internet Retailer's newly published Second 500 Guide. Other smaller merchants can use those tactics to thrive in an e-commerce world dominated by larger players.
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NBFF NEWS


More restaurants join lunch bandwagon
Orlando Sentinel
Lunch has traditionally been the secondary meal for sit-down restaurants — if they even bothered serving it at all. But as the competition for diners heats up, more places are focusing on midday meals.
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Best franchise deals of 2013
QSR Magazine
It's back and bigger than ever. Now in its fourth year, our "Best Franchise Deals" report has become the can't-miss list of top quick-service and fast-casual franchises, assessing factors such as investment-to-sales ratio, marketplace differentiation, corporate support to franchisees and positive brand momentum.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


Modification Alert July 9, 2013
Due to changes in small parcel carrier (UPS/FedEx) requirements MCX has recently modified our shipping address format. Click on the link below to download the address listing and update all of your systems/records. All vendors/shippers will have 30 business days to comply with the new address format; failure to comply will result in freight deduction chargebacks.

My MCX Shipping

Thanks,
William Van Hoorn
HQ MCX Jr. Buyer
Sports Nutrition & Cleaning
3044 Catlin Avenue
Quantico, VA 22134-5099
703-784-2644 (phone)
703-784-5354 (fax)
william.vanhoorn@usmc-mccs.org


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The Exchange welcomes Maj. Gen. Joseph S. Ward Jr. as Deputy Director
I'm pleased to welcome Maj. Gen. Joseph S. Ward Jr. as the next deputy director. He is scheduled to arrive at Headquarters in the beginning of September.

Since 2011, Maj. Gen. Ward has been the Commandant, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, Va. JFSC is the premier Department of Defense Joint Professional Military Education institution for operational planning. He leads a highly qualified faculty and staff in the education of national security professionals to plan and execute joint, multinational, and interagency operations to instill a primary commitment to joint, multinational and interagency teamwork, attitudes and perspectives.

General Ward is a native of Groton, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He was commissioned through the ROTC program in 1983. He has previously served as the Director, Budget Operations and Personnel, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller and also as the Chief Financial Officer for U.S. Pacific Command and as the principal financial adviser to the combatant commander and staff. He has also served in numerous other capacities within the financial management career field, including military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller), and Comptroller, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command. He has commanded a comptroller squadron and mission support group. The general is also a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and is a certified defense financial manager.

General Ward is not new to the Exchange. From Oct. 2010 – Aug. 2011, he served as a member of the Exchange Board of Directors in his capacity of Director, Budget Operations and Personnel. His extensive experience makes him a valuable addition to the organization and will help the Exchange move forward. Please join me in welcoming General Ward in his new role as deputy director.

TOM SHULL
Director/CEO

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Our move date is approaching!

Effective July 15, 2013, ALA will have a new address:
1101 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 1002
Washington, DC 20005

Our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please note: our phone and email systems will be shut down on Thursday and Friday, July 11 and 12 as we complete the physical move. We will resume our normal business operations at 9 a.m. Monday, July 15.

Sky Ball announcement:
I am the Chairman for this year's American Airlines Sky Ball which will be held at the DFW International Airport the weekend of Oct. 5, 2013. Sky Ball will include a special salute to the United States Army and to those who have served in Afghanistan. Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will headline the Saturday Night Black Tie Gala. The American Airlines Sky Ball supports the Air Power Foundation which assists many worthwhile military charitable organizations.

Sky Ball also includes a Career Expo that will be held at the DFW Westin Hotel on Oct. 3, last year 80 companies attended and served over 500 Veterans. Sky Ball also includes an education outreach to area schools where Veterans, including several Recipients of the Medal of Honor, emphasize service before self, and inspire young people to get engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. An Aviation Expo will be held at the CR Smith Museum in Fort Worth for nearly 2,000 area high school students who will then have an opportunity to visit the static displays at DFW Airport as part of Sky Ball.

www.skyballinfo.com has more information about Sky Ball which will benefit many important military charitable organizations such as The Gary Sinise Foundation, Snowball Express and The American Fallen Soldiers Project.

Jim
Captain Jim Palmersheim
Managing Director
Veterans Initiatives / Military Programs
American Airlines
817-797-9538 cell / 817-967-5021 office

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MWR NEWS


Tough choices ahead for Army family programs
U.S. Army
Speaking before 500 service spouses and educators, July 8, the Army's vice chief of staff didn't pull any punches about the negative impact continued sequestration could have on military programs for children. During a presentation at the Military Child Education Coalition's 15th national training seminar here, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell made clear that fiscal woes facing the country and the Army as it transitions out of Afghanistan and changes into a leaner force structure will also mean leaner funding for programs.
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Hagel: DODEA is not out of the woods
Stars and Stripes
If budget cuts roll on in coming years, Department of Defense schools are going to face tough choices, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently told military educators. Hagel, speaking at a training seminar of the Military Child Education Coalition held near Washington, said DOD has done what it could to shield the Department of Defense Education Activity from the worst ravages of sequestration.
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ACS, DFMWR swap offices
noodls
Freedom Fest often takes up a lot of time for organizations on post that organize vendors, entertainment and traffic routes, but two Family-focused programs took the plunge to transfer offices during one of the busiest times of the year at Fort Rucker. Army Community Service and Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation switched offices last month in order to better serve their customers, said Evy Bludsworth, DFMWR deputy director.
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Resources abound to help veterans launch businesses
Baltimore Business Journal
Veterans face unique challenges in rejoining the workforce or starting a business, but they are not alone. The following are some of the locally based organizations that are here to help.
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MWR calendar
DCMilitary.com
The following is a calendar of events you and your family don't want to miss!
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Civilian furloughs will impact Fort Lee gate hours, services
Progress-Index
The Department of Defense civilian furlough period that recently began and ends in September brings significant changes to access gate and customer service operations, as well as some community activities at Fort Lee. The following is an overview of the primary closures, cancellations or service realignments with the widest community impact, as well as those activities that will not be affected during the furlough.
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