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Attacks continue:

O'Hanlon calls for the elimination of commissaries and exchanges.

Getting real on defense cuts
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Politico, Michael O'Hanlon
Despite the heat — or maybe because of it — Washington is abuzz with debates over future U.S. defense spending. Would sequestration in January require furloughs for Pentagon employees and unacceptable disruptions to weapons production efforts as well as job creation? Has the military done enough for deficit reduction? Is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney right that even the first round of defense cuts set up by the Budget Control Act and supported by President Barack Obama goes too far?


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Legislative update:

Things moved slightly forward last week when the House passed the defense spending bill. The $600 billion plus bill for 2013 has a base amount of $518 along with around $88 billion for the war in Afghanistan. The bill includes a 1.7 percent military pay raise. The final bill after amendments is about $2 billion more than the president's request and $8 billion over the amount allowed by the Budget Control Act so expect some changes. Word from the Senate is that they will not take up this spending issue before October and in fact they might not tackle this issue until next year with the use of continuing resolutions to fund ongoing operations. So what's new: Last year the spending issue was not resolved until April. This all acts to further confuse the budget issues that will be facing the Pentagon with sequestration scheduled to intervene in this process. We will keep you posted.

Defense Department:

Panetta, defense industry leaders meet to discuss sequestration
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Defense News, Marcus Weisgerber
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and a diverse group of more than two-dozen CEOs continued discussions of how $500 billion in cuts to military spending would impact the defense industry and DoD and potential courses of action Congress might take to avert the reductions.

Defense Chief Panetta bemoans looming defense cuts
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The Associated Press via ABC News, Donna Cassata
Senate Republicans warning of the devastating impact from looming defense cuts will hit four presidential battleground states next week, ratcheting up the political pressure on President Barack Obama even though Congress endorsed the reductions. "I sure as hell hope that sequestration doesn't happen," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a joint House panel focused on veterans issues. "It would be, as I've said, time and time again, a disaster in terms of the Defense Department, as far as our budget is concerned and as far as our ability to respond to the threats that are out there."


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Congress:

Senate must pass sequestration transparency
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Politico, Sen. John Thune, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rep. Our country is headed for a fiscal cliff. We're also headed for a national security crisis thanks to one large component of this fiscal cliff — the $1.2 trillion automatic budget sequestration due to go into effect Jan. 2, which would disproportionately cut funding for our defense needs.

GOP senators launch tour warning of defense cuts
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News, Donna Cassata
Senate Republicans warning of the devastating impact from looming defense cuts will hit four presidential battleground states next week, ratcheting up the political pressure on President Barack Obama even though Congress endorsed the reductions.

Sequester blues: Congress faces buyer's remorse on defense cuts
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The Christian Science Monitor, David Grant
With $1.2 trillion in mandated spending cuts set to start in 2013, lawmakers are scrambling to salvage $600 billion in defense spending. Meanwhile, there's plenty of blame to spread around for getting to this point.

Anti-tax pledge imperils defense funding
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Kitsap Sun, Tom Philpott
Worried by the "sequestration" blade set to fall on defense budgets in January, Republicans are sounding alarms with special hearings, a flurry of press releases and bills that offer at least interim solutions. Republicans so far have rejected any tax increases. But their anti-tax pledge to lobbyist Grover Norquist and his group, Americans for Tax Reform, is on a collision course with another tradition for Republicans, protecting defense budgets.


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President, American Logistics Association


Washington Update


President Barack Obama announces job training services for veterans
Las Vegas Review-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Seeking the veterans' vote in hard economic times, President Barack Obama recently announced an overhaul of job training and transition services for the men and women returning from war, saying it's still too tough to find jobs despite the skills they learned in the military. More

Direct Mail Reaches Military Families Where They Live
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Panetta quest for Pentagon audit risked by billions in overruns
Bloomberg Government via Current Mil-Tech News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's order that the Pentagon get its finances ready for an outside audit by 2014 is jeopardized by billions of dollars in overruns and years of delay for new software systems needed to do the job, according to an inspector general's report. More



Commissary News


Supermarkets aren't just for groceries anymore
Marketing Daily via MediaPost    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sales of prepared foods and ready-to-eat foods at retail will reach $32.45 billion in 2012, up 7.5 percent from 2011, according to Packaged Facts. The prepared foods retail net extends across a wide number of retail formats, but supermarkets command majority share. More

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Drought to impact meat prices
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Meat prices were already at historic levels, but the ongoing drought in the Midwest will likely bring even heftier long-term price tags. Feed corn yields have been significantly hurt by the drought. However, the higher cost of feed might actually increase meat production and bring prices down over the next few months. More

Kroger debit cards get pass on fees
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kroger prepaid debit cardholders can now enjoy surcharge-free transactions at all ATMs that offer the MoneyPass Network, a network of over 23,000 ATM locations nationwide. "Kroger is focused on providing money management solutions that enable our customers to make smart choices with their money," said Kathleen Kelly, president of Kroger Personal Finance. More



Shoppers choose gluten-free as healthier option
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The term "gluten-free" is no longer a fleeting dietary fad, but a common practice in many Americans' everyday eating habits, according to a recent nationwide survey by Vitacost.com. Vitacost.com, a Boca Raton-based online retailer of health-and-wellness products, found that close to half of the 1,484 survey recipients said they eat gluten-free products exclusively, while 38 percent said they incorporate "some" gluten-free items into their diets. For the individuals who don't purchase gluten-free foods at all, the reason given was that they're too expensive. More

5 grocery shopping 'tips' that don't actually save you money
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Americans spent an average of $6,129 on food in 2010, with about $3,600 spent on groceries. It's no wonder that budget-minded shoppers go to great lengths to save money on the cost of food, doing whatever they can to cut that grocery bill. But how much do these strategies actually end up saving you in the long-run? In many cases, the effort it takes to snag these deals can outweigh the benefits. More

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  • Study: Facebook, Google less trusted than your grocery store
    Mashable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    U.S. adults trust their grocery store with their personal information more than they do Facebook. That's according to a survey recently released by location-based marketing firm Placecast, conducted online by Harris Interactive. More

    Grocery guide: Which grocery store is cheapest in Hampton Roads?
    Daily Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    There's no getting around it. Wal-Mart is the cheapest grocery store to shop at in Hampton Roads. Nicole Paitsel writes, "On a recent weekday afternoon, we toured the six major grocery chains in the area — Target, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Farm Fresh, Food Lion and Harris Teeter. We narrowed our shopping list to 50 common grocery and household items and compared the prices of both popular brand names and store brands. In the end, we compared nearly 100 products from apples to eggs to toilet paper. Our Wal-Mart basket — which cost $330.14 before tax — came in the cheapest." More

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    Supermarket spending down in real terms since recession
    Philadelphia Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Grocery shoppers are more discount-minded since the recession, a survey of supermarket owners shows. In response, supermarkets are offering more sales promotions, discounts on staples, coupon notification, social media campaigns, rewards on fuel purchases and other incentives to win shoppers, according to the Food Marketing Institute's "U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2012 Overview." More

    Stay safe when cooking outdoors
    The State Journal-Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's summer, time to enjoy the thrill of the grill. But the potential for foodborne illness increases in hot weather. Remember: Foods that require refrigeration should not be left in the "danger zone" — 41 to 140 F — for more than two hours. If the temperature is above 90 F, one hour is the maximum. Harmful bacteria in foods reproduce rapidly in the danger zone. The following are more tips for keeping foods safe when cooking outdoors. More

    Commissary Announcements


    Commissary Web Posts

    The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., July 26, 2012.

    PROMOTIONS
    DP #15, Update #2.
    DP #17, Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
    DP #18, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
    DP #20, WW Promotion Package, Great Pumpkin Sale.
    International Christmas, Update #1.
    Thanksgiving/Christmas – Chill/Freeze/Prepared Meat, Update #1.

    NOTICES TO TRADE
    12-106, Store Reset Dates – Travis AFB.
    12-113, Hair Care Review Live Test Set Date.

    MISCELLANEOUS
    DeCA Forms 40-15 & 40-16: IMPORTANT
    DeCA has reissued both forms that now contain the date of July 24, 2012. Additionally, due to minor cell changes and minor instruction and example changes all forms, examples and instructions have been replaced on the website. All the replaced items now contain the date of 24 Jul 12. If you are using anything without this date it needs to be replaced. Our website now only contains (under NTT's and DeCA Forms) only the current items. Please help to spread the word to update all your 40-15 and 40-16 information.
    Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-30.
    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


    Survey: One-third of back-to-school shoppers will use mobile phones to compare prices in-store
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A survey recently released by PriceGrabber found that 37 percent of back-to-school shoppers plan to use mobile phones to compare prices while in-store. The results, which supplement PriceGrabber's recent Back-To-School Shopping Forecast, revealed that while consumers are planning to spend more money on back-to-school items this year, they continue to look for ways to stretch their dollar and take advantage of retailer incentives to save. More

    Facebook drives 130 percent purchase lift for Euro retailer ASOS
    ClickZ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Data from comScore and Facebook suggests that fans and friends of fans of retail brands often represent higher valued customers. "The Power of Like Europe: How Social Marketing Works for Retail Brands" report focused on European retail brands such as ASOS, H&M, La Redoute, Topshop and Zara, and is the third in a series of reports commissioned by Facebook in the hopes of convincing marketers that Facebook ads and marketing work. More



    Sales of pet supplies defy economy
    MarketingDaily via MediaPost    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Despite the tepid economy, U.S. retail sales of non-food pet supplies totaled $11.1 billion in 2011, up 2 percent over 2010, according to a Packaged Facts report. Packaged Facts is predicting a gradually improving showing for pet supplies as pent-up demand finally begins to kick in. The biggest external factor remains the economy, which is expected to continue to gradually strengthen. More

    Shopping cart abandonment practices of the Internet retailer 1000 companies
    Shop.org    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Shopping cart abandonment rates are on the rise. The average abandonment rate jumped from 71 to 75 percent during the first six months of 2011. Why? More consumers are using online carts to compare prices before making a purchasing decision, both on their computers and smartphones. For others, carts are abandoned due to high or unexpected shipping costs, simple interruptions, etc. While some customers do return to complete the purchase, many more remained lost. More

    1st CityTarget stores debuted July 25
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The first of Target's smaller-format CityTarget urban stores are recently opened on July 25 in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle. More

    WaWa makes Florida debut with new prototype
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Convenience-store operator WaWa has entered the Florida market, opening a store across from Sea World in Orlando. Four additional units are scheduled to open in the Orlando market during the next four to five weeks. More

    Back-to-school spending grows as parents restock, replenish children's needs
    National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With more children entering elementary and middle school this fall and after cutting back their spending last year, parents with growing children will hit the stores this summer to replace and replenish what their children might have had to "make-do" with last school season. More

    Former Apple retail chief seeks to 'bear hug middle America'
    CNET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    J.C. Penney Chief Executive and former Apple Retail Chief Ron Johnson says physical retail's best days are still ahead of it and that online shopping won't keep growing forever. In an interview at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo., the executive said online retail will "level out," giving physical retail stores an opportunity to offer things to shoppers that can't be had through a digital screen. More

    With e-commerce, Wal-Mart helps draw summer toward a close
    Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is playing hero to parents and villain to children naïve enough to think summer never ends. A new feature created by the retail chain's @WalMartLabs research arm enables teachers to digitally submit their classroom supply lists, and online shoppers to buy those items via a new site, classrooms.walmart.com. The effort, set to include a mobile element in coming weeks, recently today as part of the retailer's larger back-to-school shopping push. More

    Taking an eyes-wide-open approach to managing supply chain risk
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    An efficient and risk-controlled supply chain is an essential part of doing business for many retailers, and now more than ever, those supply chains are increasingly global in nature. Gone are the days when most retailers sourced and sold goods only through local and regional channels. Today, retail supply chains often stretch tens of thousands of miles, crossing oceans and continents. More

    IBM shopping index shows women ready to buy clothes
    Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Women are likely to be replenishing their wardrobes in the third quarter, according to a forecast recently released by IBM. "As the economy starts to come back, there is some pent-up demand for women in the clothing area because they haven't been spending on themselves as they have others," said Ellen Davis, senior vice president of the National Retail Federation at a briefing for the forecast. More

    Moody's forecasts US retail sales will rise 5 percent in 2012
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The slowdown in consumer spending is set to continue for the rest of the year, said Moody's Investors Service in a new sector report entitled "U.S. Retail: Retail Sales Growth Slows Amid a Cautious Consumer." More

    Oracle study: Improving cross-channel experience is retailers' biggest challenge
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Improving the cross-channel customer experience and optimizing the supply chain ranked as retailers' biggest challenges in a new study by Oracle. The report also found that mobile access is key: Forty percent of retailers said that providing store associates with mobile access to customer, product, inventory and other information is critical to their business, along with providing the entire organization with a more consistent and complete view of the customer. More

    Survey: Nearly one-third of DCs are entirely outsourced
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Nearly one-third of distribution centers are entirely outsourced, according to the Supply Chain Metrics Report by the Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium. "Supply Chain Consortium data indicates that while many companies continue to have their own DCs staffed by their own employees, there is an upward trend in the percentage of DC buildings and labor being outsourced in the past two years," said Bruce Tompkins, executive director of the Consortium and author of the report. More

    Efficiency upgrades reduce energy costs $1.2 million annually for 621 7-Eleven stores
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Efficiency upgrades at 621 7-Eleven stores in California, Washington and Oregon, will result in an anticipated energy savings of approximately $1.2 million annually. The project involved the installation of energy efficient electronically commutated motors, anti-sweat heater controls, evaporator fan controls, gaskets, door closers and strip curtains. More

    3rd annual shopper experience study: Enabling retail without boundaries
    National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The truth is shoppers like to shop in stores. Despite the growth of e-commerce, shoppers still need and often enjoy the in-store experience. But they want shopping experiences to be attentive and efficient. To meet that challenge, retailers need to reshape their approach to selling and to traditional store concepts. More

    Retail's future: Facebook loyalty cards and touch screen showrooms
    Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Supermarkets using customers' Facebook accounts as simultaneous discount/surveillance platforms? Vending machines where you can pay by iPhone? Ordering luxury cars and private jets via iPad-like interfaces and sidestepping the salesman? They're all here. More

    McDonald's to shift focus to value menu
    CSNews Foodservice    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As McDonald's Corp.'s same-store sales show sign of strain, the fast-food giant's new CEO said it's time to focus more on value offerings. "Now is the time to focus on guest count growth and market share gain," said CEO Dan Thompson, as reported by Nation's Restaurant News. "We go hard at that in times like these, even though it means an investment." More

    Target launches 'beauty concierge' program in Chicago
    Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Target has launched a "beauty concierge" test program in 28 stores around Chicago, the Minneapolis-based company has confirmed. The program will arm "concierges" with iPads, mirrors and product samples to provide expertise and guidance to shoppers browsing the retailer's revamped beauty sections. More

    Building a better store
    STORES    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Retail store planners and merchandisers know the dilemma: After weeks of building out a store's mock physical design, you walk in and it is just not what you imagined. The usual fix — rebuilding and rearranging fixtures and displays — can be time-consuming, inefficient and costly. JDA Software Group envisions a more nimble solution to the problem: See what customers will see when they enter the store, before the build-out even starts. The answer lies in emerging 3-D visualization technology. More

    Exchange Announcements




    On behalf of the Director/CEO, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions and assignments. Please join me in congratulating these deserving associates:

    Executive Promotions

    Pete Alaniz — PB 4F General Manager, Beale AFB Exchange, Western Region, to the position of PB 5A General Manager (Dual), Luke AFB Exchange, Western Region in September 2012.

    David Anyieth — PB 4F Auditor II, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Senior IT Audit Analyst, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in July 2012.

    Kenneth Brewington — PB 5D Area Manager, Eastern Region, to the position of PB 5E, Vice President, Western Region, Exchange HQ in August 2012.

    La Verne Burrus-Johnson — PB 4F Auditor ll, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of 5A Auditor lll, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in June 2012.

    Nicola Carter — PB 5B General Manager (Dual), MacDill AFB Exchange, Eastern Region, to the position of PB 5C General Manager, MacDill/Patrick AFB Exchange, Eastern Region in July 2012.

    Steven Feifer — PB 4F Auditor II, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Auditor lll, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in June 2012.

    Charles Gallaway — PB 4F Business Systems Analyst lll (S), Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ, to the position of PB 5A Senior Project Manager, Finance & Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in July 2012.

    Gregory Hall — PB 5A Store Manager (Main Store), Panzer Exchange, Europe Region, to the position of PB 5B, General Manager, Kessler AFB Exchange, Central Region in September 2012.

    Joanna Parnell — PB 5B Application Programming Manager, Information Technology Directorate, to the position of PB 5C Application Systems Analyst Programming Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in July 2012.

    Rodney Sibila — PB 5C Associate Director Contracting, Procurement Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of 5D Assistant Director-Procurement, Procurement Directorate, Exchange HQ in July 2012.

    Robert Sparks — PB 4F Data Storage Admin III, Information Technology Directorate, to the position of PB 5A Corporate Electronic Mail Coordinator, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in July 2012.

    Valerie Wagoner — PB 5A EEO Complaints Manager, EEO & Diversity Office, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Chief EEO & Diversity Office, Exchange HQ in July 2012.

    Regina Woodruff — PB 4F Exchange Retail Business Manager, Fort Sam Houston Exchange to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (Main Store), Panzer Exchange, Europe Region in September 2012.


    Executive Assignments

    Paul Jen — PB 5E Vice President of Strategic Planning
    and Analysis, Executive Group in June 2012.

    Thomas Lozier — PB 5E Vice President of Strategic Supply Chain Sourcing,
    Executive Group in July 2012.

    Congratulations! Please disseminate to our Exchange family.

    Susan I. Simone
    Senior Vice President
    Human Resources


    Exchange management class open to veterans
    Air Force Wounded Warrior    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, already recognized as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer, is expanding its efforts to recruit and train veterans with its Detail to Retail hiring program. More



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    Washington Update


    Jobs for military family members: Employment positions open in Knox area
    The Gold Standard    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The ACS Employment Readiness Program provides employment information and other supportive services primarily to Family members who are relocating as a result of a military or civilian sponsor's permanent change of station. Other categories of personnel who are eligible for services are non-transitioning military personnel, retirees and their spouses. In order to assist clients in finding suitable employment, local employers are encouraged to send job listings which are then posted on an employment bulletin board. More

    USO fundraiser Aug. 25 at Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber
    Hawaii Reporter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Pau Hana Parrot Heads welcome everyone to join them on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber. The "Late Summer Bash" is the sixth annual fundraising event held by the local Parrot Head organization and will also be official "Parrot Head" day in Hawaii this year. All proceeds from the event will benefit USO Hawaii. Entertainment for this year's event will be provided by "Buffett" cover entertainer John Friday from Bonita Springs, Fla. More

    Sinise, Lt. Dan Band to return to post, July 28
    1st Infantry Division    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will return to Fort Riley July 28, to give "Big Red One" soldiers and family members their fourth free concert at the post. Since 2004, the cover band has made a name for itself touring the country – frequenting military installations in the U.S. and abroad – thanking soldiers for their service with a free show. More

    Award for recreation excellence
    The Gold Standard    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's safe to say that most have probably never heard of the National Recreation and Park Association award for Excellence in Military Recreation. Well, the Fort Knox Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has not only heard of the award, they won it by beating out other installations for its superb Military Blue Star Program. More

    InSight: SATCOM For Morale, Welfare & Recreation
    MilsatMagazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs are a key part of government and defense operations. MWR networks are designed to support remotely deployed defense personnel, civilian employees, ship crews and their families. Satellite communication plays an important role in MWR programs due to the fact that government and defense operations are mostly situated in remote locations or in areas suffering from man-made or natural disasters with no terrestrial connectivity. More

    Budget savings unclear, 'jointness' good at JBLM
    The News Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The 2010 merger of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base is not at the point where officials can quantify budget savings, but it is encouraging the two service branches train together and operate more efficiently, the outgoing colonel who managed the consolidation recently said. More
     
     

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