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2012 Board Elections


The ALA Board of Directors has approved the following slate of candidates to run for the Board of Directors: Directors — Ed Brunot, MDV Nash Finch; Bob Hybki, ConAgra Foods; Kurt Hall, Unilever; Jim Gordon, GET Marketing; Joe Campagna, Kelloggs; Executive Committee — David Sisk (Chairman Emeritus), Procter & Gamble; JD Fenessy, (Chairman), Del Monte Foods; Ed Brunot (Vice-Chair), MDV Nash Finch; Vince Venezia (Treasurer), Dunham & Smith Agencies; Marty Johnson (Secretary), E&J Gallo Winery. Ballots will be mailed to all ALA voting members in early August. Any ALA member who wishes to be considered for inclusion on the ballot may do so by petition. Write-in candidates appear on the ballot when no fewer than 25 voting members of the Association subscribe to the candidacy. This petition for candidacy must be provided to Secretary and Chairman of the Nominating Committee, Peter Murphy, no later than 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting of Members. The Annual Meeting of Members will be held at the 65th Annual Convention in Washington, DC on Oct. 3, 2012.


EMAIL TO MILITARY
Over 100,000 have signed up! Email is the way to reach out. Don't hope that a few people will visit a website and click on your banner. Deliver your message directly into their inboxes. Contests, Events, Special Promotions, Commissary and Exchange Sales and more. Everybody on this email list has visited the MilitaryShoppers.com website and signed up to receive your email message of interest to the military community. Contact info@militarymedia.com or (845) 454-7900. More

On the wire:

Resale system's blind hiring nets alliance boost
Read the Full Story
Save Our Benefit, Laura Wareck
The National Industries for the Blind recently announced it is joining the Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits. NIB made the move in recognition of the major job generation efforts of the resale programs in support of the blind. The organization has joined the Coalition as a "Valued Associate" in the Coalition's effort to advance the savings and job creating benefits of the military resale system. NIB provides aid in job placement for veterans whose injuries have led to blindness and is the largest employer of the blind in the United States.

Congress-Defense cuts:

I think we can expect the remainder of the summer and into the fall filled with an increasing anxiety about the issue of sequestration. While I do not want to overburden you with minutia, I think it is important to see as many perspectives on the issue as possible as alternatives unfold.

GOP aims to halt cuts to Pentagon
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Los Angeles Times via Current Mil-Tech News, Lisa Mascaro
Congressional Republicans have begun a drumbeat of opposition to Pentagon cuts they agreed to last summer as part of the debt deal with President Barack Obama, and want to shift the burden of cuts to food stamps, school lunches and other domestic programs.

House vote requires detailing of budget cuts
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Wall Street Journal, Corey Boles
House lawmakers of both parties voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would require the Obama administration to specify how it would make $110 billion in required federal spending cuts next year, a move that could reveal for the first time how the measures would affect day-to-day government operations.

Defense contractors say pending cuts threaten thousands of jobs
Read the Full Story
The Washington Post via The Day, Marjorie Censer
Defense contractors recently warned that across-the-board federal spending cuts posed a calamitous threat to their businesses and that thousands of jobs were on the line unless lawmakers find another way to shrink the deficit.


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Defense budget:

Obama could flip the script on the GOP's defense cuts narrative
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National Journal, Kevin Baron
The endgame is nigh. After stonewalling Republican demands on defense sequester all year, the White House finally has agreed to send its budget director and the Pentagon’s top civilian deputy up to Capitol Hill.

Enough! Study finds voters overwhelmingly want big defense cuts
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National Journal, Kevin Baron
Americans of all stripes have had enough of massive Pentagon budgets and want significant cuts in defense spending, according to new survey data recently released.

This is the standoff everyone fears:

Top Senate Dem: No sequestration deal without new taxes
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The Cable, Josh Rogin
Senate Democrats won't agree to any deal to avoid $1.2 trillion on impending defense and entitlement cuts without new taxes, according to Senate leadership member and former "supercommittee" chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association


Washington Update


Cutbacks in US military failed to deliver promised savings
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The largest overhaul of the U.S. military base structure in history disrupted countless lives and jobs across Texas and the nation but failed to bring the multibillion-dollar savings promised by the White House, the Pentagon and Congress. More

Direct Mail Reaches Military Families Where They Live
The Military Shopper Insight Study reported that shoppers want information and coupons in advance to help them save money by planning at home. Active duty families living on post will receive Judy Johnson's Military Family Mailbox envelopes for Labor day and again for Veterans Day. Active duty families on post is the segment of the market with the most potential new commissary shoppers. Young active duty families are your core customers. Reach them at home! Get them into the store!
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Timing of defense cuts has governors worried
The Washington Post via PressDisplay    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to some of the top issues facing the states, it might seem that the partisan divide among the country's governors is as wide as it has ever been. But one area in which the state executives appear to have found common ground is on the issue of defense cuts - specifically, the $500 billion in automatic cuts set into motion by last August's bipartisan debt-reduction deal. More

Underwater on the mortgage, stationed away from home
The Baltimore Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Air Force Maj. Justice Sakyi's change-of-station orders to Germany came with a built-in dilemma: what to do about his family's home in Maryland. He and his wife, Olivia, bought the single-family house near the height of the housing bubble. Then came the bust. More



Staying calm as sequestration looms
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite the concerns of larger defense contractors, smaller companies are taking a more measured and cautious approach to about $1 trillion in mandatory federal budget reductions set to start in January. More

Contractor chiefs sound the sequester siren
Bloomberg Government via Early Bird    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Don't look for hard-hitting questions or defiant answers when the chiefs of four defense contractors led by Lockheed Martin Corp. testify this week on Capitol Hill. Instead, the business executives will tell the House Armed Services Committee exactly what its members want to hear: that the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration would be devastating to the defense industry. Lawmakers will focus on the economic pain that would result if no alternative deficit-reduction plan is approved in time. More

Fearing 'fiscal cliff,' investors bearish about US contractors
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Investors are punishing companies that depend on the U.S. government for sales as contractors face as much as $1 trillion in Pentagon cuts because Congress and the White House haven't agreed on a deficit-reduction plan. More

Commissary News


Customer rewards programs make some good points
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In an increasingly competitive market, global retailers are implementing loyalty schemes to increase shopper frequency and customer retention. According to TCC Global, a worldwide firm offering customer loyalty programs, it's vital for each retailer to differentiate itself from the competition, especially in a highly fragmented marketplace such as this one. More

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Shoppers focus on nutrition, show increased interest in private brands
Progressive Grocer Store Brands    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nutrition continues to drive decision-making in supermarket aisles across the country, according to "Shopping for Health 2012," the 20th annual survey-based study released by the Food Marketing Institute, Arlington, Va., and Prevention magazine and published by Rodale Inc. In the past few years, shoppers have recognized and increased their purchases of foods containing desirable ingredients, including whole grains, fiber and protein. That number continues to grow, the study notes, with 32 percent of shoppers reporting that they are buying more foods based on nutritional components versus last year. More

Produce-safety testing program on chopping block
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Congress is poised to scrap funding for the only program that consistently tests select vegetables and fruit for pathogens — an initiative that's led to about 30 recalls since 2009. The Agriculture Department, which runs the Microbiological Data Program, says getting rid of it is a necessary belt-tightening measure during tough fiscal times. USDA officials have suggested that the initiative would be a better fit for the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates vegetables and fruits. More



Mintel: Most Americans opt for healthier foods
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Healthy eating has come to the forefront of many consumers' minds over the past several years with help TV shows like The Biggest Loser, the first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move program and the media coverage regarding the country's growing obesity problem. This increased interest in healthy eating is highlighted by new research from Mintel, which reveals that 67 percent of Americans choose healthier foods to stay well. More

Peapod.com named as top money-saving site to 'tame grocery bills'
PRNewswire via MarketWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While weekly trips to the grocery store are a time-honored tradition, tens of millions of consumers across the country are eating up the idea of online shopping at Peapod.com, where hand-picked, hand-delivered groceries are always just a click away. Beyond the convenience factor, studies show that Peapod.com is also a proven cost saver. More

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  • Economist shows shoppers how to save on rising grocery bills
    CNYcentral    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With food prices on the rise, it's costing more to fill up the cart at the grocery store. One man who is no stranger to grocery shopping is Don Dutkowsky. He always come in with a list of what he's going to buy and compares prices. More

    Grocery store flyers: Your meal planning guide
    The Christian Science Monitor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Those coupon sheets from grocery stores that you get in the mail? Don't throw them away. Use them to your advantage. More

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    7 grocery shopping tips for a plant-based approach
    FitSugar    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    There's lots of talk about all the health benefits of a plant-based diet. But if you've been a meat-eating person for as long as you can remember, then the shift can be a little confusing — especially when it comes to grocery shopping. If you're not sure where to start, then here are seven easy tips to help you on your new veg mission. More

    Why fresh food is better than frozen
    The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Casey Seidenberg writes, "My kids and I recently had 30 minutes to undertake a week’s worth of grocery shopping before we had to be at baseball practice. As we ran through the grocery store, each flying in a different direction to gather items on the list, my boys asked me an excellent question. They asked me why I don't buy frozen meals. They reasoned that if I tossed seven frozen meals in the cart I'd be almost done shopping for the week. My boys asked a fair question, and one I am guessing most parents have asked themselves when they feel frazzled getting dinner on the table. Here is my simple answer." More

    Supervalu rotting away: Little value left in grocery chain
    Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Attention, shoppers. It's time to dump Supervalu from shopping carts. The company is in bad need of a clean-up. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be poised to complete this anytime soon. More

    Commissary Announcements


    Commissary Web Posts

    The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., July 19, 2012.

    PROMOTIONS
    DP #14, Update #2.
    Summer Club Pack, September Quantities for CONUS & Pacific.
    Fall Club Pack WW Promotion Program.
    Halloween, Update #2.

    NOTICES TO TRADE
    12-110, RTE Cereal Category Review and a separate Excel Attachment.
    12-111, Paper Towel Review Live Set Date.
    12-112, Dish Detergent/Gloves and Sponges (Category Review).

    MISCELLANEOUS
    Commissary Council 11 July 2012 Meeting Slides.
    Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-29.
    Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
    CRV Values.

    SAVE THE DATES
    August 21–23, 2012: Hawaii Conference & Food Show. Registration is now open on the ALA Website.
    Oct. 1–3, 2012: 65th Annual Convention, Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C.
    April 24–26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.



    Exchange News


    Visa, MasterCard settle merchants' swipe-fee lawsuit
    Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and some of the biggest U.S. banks agreed to a settlement of at least $6.05 billion in a price-fixing case brought by retailers over credit-card swipe fees. The total value of the settlement is $7.25 billion to a class of about 7 million merchants in the U.S. that accept Visa and MasterCard credit cards and debit cards, a law firm for the merchants, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP, said in a statement. More



    Retail purchases in US unexpectedly decrease 0.5 percent
    Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Retail sales in the U.S. unexpectedly fell for a third month in June as limited employment gains took a toll on consumers. More

    Retailers get early start on back-to-school shopping
    Indianapolis Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Summer's not even half over. Yet inside stores, long denim jeans and furry hoodies are overtaking shorts and tank tops. Backpacks? They've pushed swimsuits to the back of the store. Retailers, from discounters to department stores, are ramping up their back-to-school merchandise — early and in a big way — catering to consumers who are doing back-to-school shopping earlier than ever. More

    Consumer confidence drops to lowest point this year
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Consumer confidence unexpectedly declined in July to the lowest level this year as Americans over concerns about the economy, Bloomberg reported. More

    Do it Best breaks ground on new DC
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Do it Best Corp. broke ground in Sikeston, Mo., at the site of what will be the co-op's newest and most technologically advanced distribution center. More

    6 lessons from Gap's mobile journey to date
    Shop.org    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Any retailer's tale of their mobile journey so far is really just the first chapter or so of a much longer story. But that first chapter is often the most interesting — a challenge is set, obstacles arise that must be overcome, a few initial lessons are learned to guide the protagonist in the adventures yet to come. At the recent Shop.org digital retail marketing workshop in San Francisco, Dave Barrowman, senior director of Product Management, Gap Inc. Direct, recounted Gap's mobile journey to date and some of the lessons they have learned along the way. More

    Walgreens lighting upgrade saves money, boosts display effectiveness
    Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Walgreens has recently completed an upgrade of its general lighting across 80 percent of its nationwide locations — a change that not only saves energy costs, but also improves display effectiveness, the retailer said. More

    S&P further lowers rating on J.C. Penney
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Standard & Poor's Ratings Services is further lowering its credit rating on J.C. Penney Co., attributing the move to a continuing weak performance. More

    NRF praises House's decision to repeal ACA
    Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The House of Representatives' vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has drawn praise from the National Retail Federation. "At a time when the economy is still struggling to recover, Congress needs to repeal the health care law before it costs millions of Americans their jobs," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. More

    Supermarket giant Supervalu weighs its sale
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Supervalu Inc., whose 4,400 stores include brands such as Albertsons and Jewel-Osco, recently said it is considering selling all or part of the company and will suspend its quarterly dividend. (Subscription required.) More

    More back-to-school shoppers eyeing tablets
    PC Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's almost that time of year again, when students around the country, like it or not, have to head back to school after the summer break. As back-to-school season approaches, families are gearing up to start shopping for the upcoming year, with 40 percent of 4,450 consumers surveyed planning to purchase new technology items, according to online shopping site PriceGrabber. More

    Starbucks expands mobile payment footprint globally
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Starbucks Coffee Co. announced the continued global expansion of the Starbucks mobile platform with the roll-out of Starbucks app for Android to the United Kingdom and Canada. More

    Walgreens teams with app developers on photo printing
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Walgreens recently extended its innovation in mobile technology with the introduction of a developer portal that allows third-party software developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints software development kit, enabling photo printing directly from iPhone and Android mobile devices. More

    Old Navy lands in Japan
    Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Gap Inc.'s Old Navy recently opened a store in Japan, setting up shop outside of North America for the first time. (Subscription required.) More

    Retailers want to go local with technology
    Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Retailers planning to invest in new digital marketing technologies want geo-location services more than anything else, suggests a survey of 500 U.S. retailers conducted this spring by CompTIA. More

    Q&A: For retailers, smartphones rewrite email rules
    MarketingDaily via MediaPost    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With more people browsing their email while in line at the grocery store or wandering the local mall, retailers have increasingly found themselves on the frontline of mobile marketing. That's leading to more email messages than ever, says Chad White, research director at Responsys. More

    Taco Bell cooks up edible QR codes
    Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Baskets of avocados and lemons are bypassing the kitchens at Taco Bell and heading straight for the pages of some of the nation's top magazines. To promote the restaurant chain's new Cantina Bell Menu, the vegetables and fruit were painstakingly lined up into the shape of QR codes, two dimensional bar codes that, when scanned by a smartphone camera, connect a consumer to mobile Web-based content. More

    Tablets, smartphones drive engagement, ad response
    Online Media Daily via MediaPost    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Consumers are more responsive to ads on tablets than smartphones, but both devices are driving high levels of engagement with advertising and media, according to a new study by the Interactive Advertising Bureau. The research found nearly half of tablet owners and a quarter of smartphone users interact with ads on their devices at least once a week. More

    Exchange Announcements


    Exchange paperless Trade Promotion Management claims
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    Suppliers:

    In support of sustainability efforts, The Exchange is planning to discontinue the mailing of paper TPM claims via U.S. Post by the projected date of Oct. 1.

    After that date, suppliers will be notified by email when claims have generated with instructions to view those claims in the Exchange Partners Online website. In order to receive these email alerts, you must be a registered user with the Exchange Partners Online. The email address used in the registration process will receive the email alerts.

    To register for the Exchange Partners Online website, log on to: partners.aafes.com for detailed instructions. If you need further assistance in registering, please contact your current Exchange buyer.

    Thank you,
    SD-P Trade Promotion Management


    Snack Ave/Frozen Food transition
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    See below the point of contacts with the transition of buyers as Michelle has gotten a promotion here at Headquarters. I will now be the merchandise assistant for the below two buyers under my belt.

    Danielle Pelland
    pellandd@aafes.com
    214-312-2864
    Category—Snack Avenue

    Paul Olney
    olney@aafes.com
    214-312-8093
    Category-Frozen Food/Ice Cream

    Please direct questions or concerns with new buyers to move forward with the business model. Thanks.

    Very Respectfully,

    Arthur Ray Martin Jr.
    Merchandise Assistant SDC1 (Consumables)
    Worldwide Snack Ave/Worldwide Frozen Food/Worldwide Heat & Eat Expense/Receiving
    Office: 214-312-4906
    Email: martinart@aafes.com
    Visit our online store! www.shopmyexchange.com


    Naval support activity: Bethesda, Maryland
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    FOR BASE ACCESS, TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO PLANNED ARRIVAL, PLEASE CONTACT:

    Michele Doyle, Administrative Assistant
    Office: 301-295-1275
    Email: Michele.Doyle@nexweb.org

    OR

    Olivia Denson, Human Resources Associate
    Office: 301-295-6339
    Email: Olivia.Denson@nexweb.org

    DIRECTIONS:

    If you are driving to the exchange and coming from North: Follow I-270 S to 495 S. Take exit 34-355 South toward Bethesda. Go through three lights after the light on Cedar Lane, you will want to get in the left hand lane and turn left onto North Wood Road. After going through the gate, you want to proceed to the stop sign, go straight to next stop sign and make a right. Follow Palmer Road East through two stop signs. At second stop sign make left hand turn onto Stokes Road. Make second right, and then immediate first right to the gravel parking lot. You can park on the gravel lot and then proceed to the Navy Exchange.

    If you are driving to the exchange and coming from the South: Follow 495 W. Take exit 34-355 South toward Bethesda. Go through three lights after the light on Cedar Lane, you will want to get in the left hand lane and turn left onto North Wood Road. After going through the gate, you want to proceed to the stop sign, go straight to next stop sign and make a right. Follow Palmer Road East through two stop signs. At second stop sign make left hand turn onto Stokes Road. Make second right, and then immediate first right to the gravel parking lot. You can park on the gravel lot and then proceed to the Navy Exchange.

    If you are taking Metro: On the Metro we are on the Red Line. You will get off at Medical Center Stop and proceed across the street to the South gate. After proceeding through the Gate go to main hospital building and catch the RED LINE Shuttle Bus to Parking Lot I (CDC) cross over the parking lot to the trailers on the back end of the lot.

    To access the base you will need your military dependent ID or CAC card, if you are retired military or a military spouse/dependent. If not a military dependent, you will need your current driver's license or picture identification card — after contacting the above POC's to get your name on the list at the gate.

    Please NOTE: From Aug. 6 to Sept. 4, everyone assisting, on-site, in the outfitting of the store will be required to wear personal safety apparel: Hard hats, eye goggles, reflective vests and hard sole shoes (non-marring). No open toe shoes. No shorts/skirts. No tank tops.

    This is still a construction site belonging to the general contractor and we must abide by the regulations mandated for all other workers on the site.

    Adherence to the requirements is not optional and the GC has the authority to refuse access if found non-compliant.




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    AAFES retail food manufacturers and brokers:
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    If you know yourself or someone from your company will be attending you can RSVP at trevinojam@aafes.com.

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    Washington Update


    GSA pulls support for major energy conference
    Government Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Organizers of GovEnergy, a major training conference for federal employees involved in energy, have canceled this year's trade show and workshops after the scandal-wary General Services Administration withdrew its sponsorship. More

    Charlie Sheen pledges $1 million to the USO
    Look to the Stars    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Charlie Sheen has announced that he will donate 1 percent of the profits from his new FX show Anger Management to the USO, with the actor guaranteeing a minimum of $1 million and an unlimited cap on the final donation amount to the military aid organization. More

    Shwedo takes command of US Army Garrison Pohakuloa, Hawaii
    U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Lt. Col. Eric P. Shwedo took command of U.S. Army Garrison, Pōhakuloa on July 10 during a brief ceremony. Shwedo succeeds Lt. Col. Rolland C. Niles who commanded the garrison for two years. A Special Forces officer, Shwedo comes to Pohakuloa from U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla. More

    Torii Station holds 1st farmers market
    U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Torii Station in Okinawa will held its first ever farmers market on July 13, offering fresh produce grown on the installation by local farmers. Torii Station is a 479-acre U.S. Army installation located in Yomitan Village on the island of Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture. Its subtropical climate makes it an ideal location for farming a large variety of produce. More

    Outdoor Recreation adds new features to paintball course
    U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The speedball paintball course at Outdoor Recreation is constantly evolving. The 85-foot-by-125-foot course, which was introduced last October, has evolved into a speedball/tactical course with the recent addition of three inflatable castle obstacles. More

    Grant offers spouses portable employment
    U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When an Army family arrives at their duty station the Soldier signs into his or her unit and goes to work. For the spouse, finding work may not be as easy. The Department of Defense's Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, or MyCAA, is trying to solve that problem by offering a grant of up to $4,000 for spouses to train in portable career fields. More

    Anago's 2 military veteran leaders create $250,000 veteran franchise fund to help more veterans enter business ownership
    PRWeb    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Anago Cleaning Systems, a leading commercial cleaning franchise system with more than 2,200 locations throughout the U.S. and internationally, continues its mission of providing returning veterans the opportunity to start their own business and follow their entrepreneurial spirit by creating a $250,000 military veteran fund to help more veterans get into business for themselves. More
     
     

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