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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Former Air Force secretary to lead Pentagon efficiency review
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Reuters, Andrea Shalal-Esa
Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley will lead a major review of the Pentagon's organizational structure aimed at cutting headquarters costs by almost $40 billion through fiscal year 2023, the Pentagon recently announced.


Federal government:

US faces mid-October deadline to raise debt limit
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The Washington Post, Zachary A. Goldfarb
The United States is set to run out of borrowing authority in mid-October, leaving the government at a high risk of not being able to pay for Social Security checks, military salaries and other operations, the Obama administration recently said. The announcement, which comes at the early end of what many in Washington were anticipating, creates a new crisis point in the nation's protracted fight over the size and role of government.

Wave of retirements hitting federal workforce
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The Washington Post, Lisa Rein
A wave of retirements by senior federal employees has begun rolling across the government as aging baby boomers who held on to their jobs during the economic downturn are increasingly calling it quits. With retirement accounts on the rebound, many veteran workers are finding little reason to remain in government, especially at a time when agency budgets are being slashed, workers are being furloughed and morale is tumbling.


Veterans:

Labor rules to boost employment for vets, disabled
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The Huffington Post, Sam Hananel
Veterans and disabled workers who often struggle to find work could have an easier time landing a job under new federal regulations.

Review of Pentagon furlough cases to restart
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The Washington Post, Josh Hicks
The Merit Systems Protection Board plans to continue reviewing Defense Department furlough appeals in September after putting those cases on hold this month to deal with an avalanche of claims.



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WASHINGTON UPDATE


Hagel certain of US strength
Honolulu Star-Advertiser via MENAFN
Recently, during a stop at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Marine asked how the U.S. could keep its military looking strong in the public eye. "Are we projecting weakness and lack of confidence?" said Hagel, paraphrasing the question. The answer is no, he said.Despite looming cuts, "there is no military close to this military," the defense secretary tells troops.
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Sacked Marine headlines Navy campaign against alcohol abuse
UT San Diego
A Camp Pendleton helicopter squadron commander dismissed six months into deployment for bringing booze on ship is the latest cautionary tale in a strict new Navy Department campaign against alcohol abuse.
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Hagel: I'll protect GI Bill family transfer rights
Navy Times
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently pledged to protect the ability to transfer GI Bill benefits to family members from budget cuts.
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BAH cuts could hurt privatized housing, too
Navy Times
The possibility of reducing Basic Allowance for Housing rates clearly would have an immediate effect on troops' wallets by forcing them to pay more out of pocket for housing. But it also could affect another aspect of their quality of life: privatized housing.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Onodera, McCain discuss relocation of US Marines to Guam (Kyodo News International via GlobalPost)
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Fort McPherson commissary to close Sept. 28 (South Fulton Neighbor)
Federal court curbs appeal rights for 'sensitive' defense jobs (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., Aug. 29, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
DP #17, Update #2.
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NOTICES TO TRADE
13-115, VCM Credit Card Payments.
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MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-35.
Coupons, SNAP & WIC Historical Comparison, FY06 through FY13 – July 13.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
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COMMISSARY NEWS


McMasters selected Central Area director
Commissaries
Ronald R. McMasters, former chief of the Defense Commissary Agency's Store Operations Group, has been selected as the agency's new Central Area director, effective July 14. He succeeds Randall L. "Randy" Chandler, who was recently selected sales director. Joyce Chandler, previous chief of the perishables division for the sales directorate, has been detailed as chief of store operations for a period not to exceed 90 days. As the Central Area director, McMasters is responsible for 47 commissaries located in 14 states with sales in excess of $1.2 billion. Central Area, one of DeCA's five area operating elements, is located at DeCA Headquarters at Fort Lee, Va.
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Perry selected chief information officer
Commissaries
Jeffrey C. Perry, chief technology officer for the Defense Commissary Agency, has been selected the agency's chief information officer, effective Aug. 25. Perry had served as acting CIO for the information technology directorate since the June 1, 2012, retirement of Janet Haase. As CIO, Perry oversees planning and execution of information technology investments and manages the information assurance architecture for a commissary system that includes nearly 250 stores and more than 16,000 employees worldwide.
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Support military commissaries at the Hawaii American Logistics Show
HawaiiNewsNow
Every year, local producers of foods and other products get to display their wares for military commissary purchasing agents, and some wind up signing contracts to supply their products. Small local contracts can lead to larger global contracts when military personnel buy a lot of the product while stationed in Hawaii.
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Holiday refrigerated trailer rentals
Federal Business Opportunities
Holiday Refrigerated Trailer Rental at Hickam AFB, Kaneohe Bay, Pearl Harbor & Schofield Barracks Commissaries in Hawaii. The Period of Performance will  have various dates with the earliest starting Oct. 7, and the latest ending Jan. 15, 2014. This Request for Quote RFQ is issued on Aug. 23, with a closing date of Sept. 5. This RFQ will be available on www.fbo.gov under Other Defense Agencies.
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Court ruling leaves many federal workers 'defenseless,' without appeal rights
The Washington Post
A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit strips workers whose jobs are deemed "noncritical sensitive" — even those without access to classified information — of some due process rights.
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Ruling could render many employees defenseless against management
The Daily Item
A federal appeals court decision could leave many federal employees with nowhere to turn.
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Fresh fruits and vegetables and live potted plants
Federal Business Opportunities
Contractor is to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, packaged salads, live potted plants and ornamental produce for 14 commissaries located in Area 4, Group 1 and Group 2 of Defense Commissary Agency's West and Alaska Areas. These 14 commissaries are located in the West and Southwest areas including Alaska which are assigned to the Defense Commissary Agency's West Area.
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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 unrestricted, firm fixed-price contract.
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Renewal maintenance support for DeCA's hardware and software
Federal Business Opportunities
The Defense Commissary Agency issued a competitive delivery order, HQC007-13-F-0011, for headquarters consolidation of renewal maintenance support for its Cisco managed SmartNet hardware and software applications to include Video TeleConferencing and store level CME8 phone systems in accordance with FAR Part 8.404, Use of Federal Supply Schedule against an existing NASA SEWP IDIQ contract.
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Online shopping making gains in grocery
Progressive Grocer
It's a safe bet that when companies start investing in research to track consumer behavior, it's because there's ample anecdotal evidence to suggest there's something to pay attention to. Enter Brick Meets Click, a retail strategic insights firm, with soon-to-be-released results from a survey of 22,000 grocery shoppers.
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Could what's in your spice rack be making you sick?
Healthline
Undercooked meat is often the culprit in cases of food poisoning, but the spices you flavor the meat with could also make you sick. A forthcoming report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that common imported spices are contaminated with salmonella at twice the rate of all other imported foods. The biggest offenders on the list of contaminated spices are common ones sold in grocery stores across the U.S.
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Consumers expand their grocery shopping beyond supermarkets
San Gabriel Valley Tribune via Los Angeles Daily News
Consumers are creatures of habit. When they find a store they like, they tend to stick with it. But when it comes to buying groceries, those habits have clearly shifted. With a growing number of retailers now offering food, shoppers are no longer buying all of their milk, bread and other necessities at the supermarket. Many have turned instead to stores like Wal-Mart, Target, 99 Cents Only and just about any other kind of retail outlet you could imagine.
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Folgers is still the best-selling coffee brand in US supermarkets
BrandChannel
Sure, Folgers Coffee still sponsors the Today Show shout-outs by Willard Scott for American centenarians, but it's also the brand that came up with a young, folksy new take on its venerable musical jingle, performed by a threesome of millennials. So maybe it's no surprise after all that Folgers still manages to outsell every other coffee brand in U.S. supermarkets.
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Meat alternatives on the rise
The Gourmet Retailer
Only 7 percent of consumers identify themselves as vegetarian, yet 36 percent indicate the use of meat alternatives like tofu, tempeh and seitan, according to new research from Mintel. Less than half of consumers who use meat alternatives are using the products in place of real meat, and 16 percent indicate using the products alongside meat offerings.
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Navy changes on-base sales of alcohol
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
The Navy's top admiral has ordered a series of changes to the way the service sells booze. Chief among them, the Navy will stop selling liquor at its minimarts and prohibit the sale at any of its stores from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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Onodera, McCain discuss relocation of US Marines to Guam
Kyodo News International via GlobalPost
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera recently asked U.S. Sen. John McCain to ensure a budgetary allocation for moving some of the U.S. Marines stationed in Okinawa to Guam.

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EXCHANGE NEWS


Best Buy's price-shredding turnaround is working
Bloomberg Businessweek
A long-awaited turnaround appears to be taking hold at Best Buy. The electronics retailer recently reported its best quarterly results in two years, cheering investors who had long wondered whether the sale of TVs, stereos and other entertainment gadgetry had shifted permanently to the Internet and forever away from big-box retailers such as Best Buy and defunct Circuit City and Tweeter.
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Barnes & Noble abandons plan to split company
The Wall Street Journal
Barnes & Noble Inc. has abandoned any plans to split up the company, the bookseller recently declared. But it also reported a wider loss for the latest quarter, a sign that the retailer has to rethink the way it competes in a rapidly changing market.
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NRF CEO: We are in an 'either/or' economy
Retail's BIG Blog
In an interview today on CNBC, National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay shared an update on the current state of consumer confidence, the economy and the impact both are having on back-to-school and college spending. During the segment, Shay noted that retailers are witnessing an "either/or" economy where many consumers are choosing big ticket items or choosing discretionary items but not both: "We're seeing a cautious consumer making thoughtful decisions."
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Amazon ramps up $13.9 billion warehouse building spree
Bloomberg
Amazon.com Inc. is stepping up a warehouse building spree, signaling the urgency of getting products to customers more quickly amid rising competition from EBay Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
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Toys 'R' Us makes SMS linchpin in strategy to reach busy parents on-the-go
Mobile Commerce Daily
With 450,000 subscribers to its text messaging program that it reaches out to regularly, Toys "R" Us is clearly a leader in SMS marketing for retailers. The retailer sends regular text messages supporting key shopping periods and promoting important new product launches.
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Coming to a store near you: Cutting-edge technology
CNBC
Retail has come a long way from the days of the general store, and many believe the sector is on the verge of another revolution. Some analysts are suggesting a close correlation between adopting new retail technologies and business success. But not every new technology is a silver bullet, so for every advancement that boosts sales, there are duds.
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Accelerating omnichannel innovation through the company lab
Shop.org
The ability to rapidly innovate is critical for retailers who want to be able to cater to the ever-changing shopping habits of consumers. To accomplish this, many retailers are pushing the envelope through their lab. Although lab formats differ — all strive to set their retail entity apart from the rest and improve their company's results. In the spirit of innovation, these experts promise an innovative approach to the topic.
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Leveraging experience-driven commerce to build brands online
Shop.org
This paper by hybris software, in conjunction with Acquity Group and Adobe, explores the growing relationship between experience-driven commerce, conversion and repeat business. It also highlights strategies for tailoring experiences that captivate shoppers and bring brand values to light.
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Toys 'R' Us announces 2013 global expansion plans
Chain Store Age
Toys "R" Us recently unveiled its global growth for 2013, with the planned opening of more than 100 stores, including new locations, the relocation and conversion of 14 stores to its side-by-side format, and 22 new licensed stores. The openings represent the net addition of over 900,000-square-foot of retail space to the company's store portfolio.
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RadioShack opens concept stores, unveils 'low touch' format
Chain Store Age
RadioShack has opened two new concept stores in the New York area, bringing the total number there to three. In addition, the retailer is unveiling a new "low touch" concept store format that it has opened in Manhattan Mall in New York and Plaza Las Americas in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, last month, and will open in downtown Fort Worth in October of this year.
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Wal-Mart labor settlement calls for safety fixes at 2,857 stores
Chain Store Age
In a settlement agreement with the U.S. Labor Department, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to improve safety conditions for employees who use trash compactors and cleaning chemicals at 2,857 Walmart and Sam's Club stores in 28 states. The retailer will also pay a $190,000 fine to fix hazards uncovered during an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection at a store in Rochester, N.Y.
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Sears hosts hackathon to court software developers
The Wall Street Journal
Sears is hosting a hackathon in San Francisco as it participates a talent grab for developers who can write mobile, social and account management software. (Subscription required.)
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Is Sears Holdings' loyalty program helping or hurting it?
Advertising Age
Sears Holdings says its Shop Your Way rewards program is working — very well in fact — but it hasn't been enough to push the retailer into the black. During the second quarter, the retailer, which operates Sears and Kmart, continued to offer traditional promotional discounts and spend on advertising, getting plenty of exposure from the popular, "Ship My Pants" and "Big Gas Savings" ads.
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For stores, email still beats pants off social
MediaPost
When it comes to shopping, consumers still prefer to learn about promotions via email, and by a large margin, according to a new survey from Millward Brown Digital. After search engines, email comes in at No. 2. And 40.6 percent of people choose email as a tool when they shop, compared to only 27.3 percent for social networking sites.
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Retail's leading an American renewal
Retail's BIG Blog
In recent years, rising labor, energy and shipping costs have caused a shift in global sourcing that is making the United States a more attractive place to manufacture the goods that retailers sell in their stores all across the country. Retail is in a special position to lead as our industry already supports 1 in 4 jobs and adds $2.4 trillion to GDP. When we as an industry make changes, it has a big impact.
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Wal-Mart pushes 'made in America' at first-ever domestic sourcing summit
Chain Store Age
Wal-Mart Stores recently brought together retailers, suppliers and government officials to figure out how they could work together to drive more manufacturing in the United States. Not only was the event a first for Wal-Mart, it was also unlike anything the retail industry has ever seen.
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Sears CEO cites pension costs for not boosting store investment
Reuters
Sears Holdings Corp Chief Executive Edward Lampert admits the retailer's stores could be improved, but partly blames higher pension obligations in recent years for taking resources away from its stores.
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Retailers cautious about 2nd half as sales, traffic slow
Advertisng Age
Recent economic indicators have pointed to a more confident consumer, but retailers aren't reaping the benefits just yet. In the last week, a slew of retailers, such as Kohl's, Target, Dick's Sporting Goods and Abercrombie & Fitch, have reported weak results and expressed caution concerning the second half, which includes the all-important back-to-school and holiday shopping periods. The only bright spot has been home improvement retailers including Home Depot and Lowe's, which both reported 10 percent sales increases.
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Holiday harbingers: Layaway at Wal-Mart, price-match at Toys 'R' Us
Los Angeles Times
It's only August, but retailers such as Wal-Mart and Toys "R" Us are already getting a jump on what is expected to be a difficult holiday season. Recently, discount giant Wal-Mart said it would bring back its layaway program this year after last year's program pulled in 10 percent more in sales than it did when it debuted in 2011.
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Luxury, Internet seen as department stores' saviors
Women's Wear Daily
Department stores need to keep pace with online developments as well as fast-changing consumer trends in order to survive and thrive. (Subscription required.)
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8 steps to get ready for the holiday retail season
Small Business Trends
Smart retailers are already thinking ahead to Thanksgiving Day, the official kickoff of the holiday retail shopping season, and how to prepare for a successful year. If you own a brick-and-mortar store, preparing early is more important than ever, in order to compete with online retailers and their 24/7 storefronts.
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Consumer expert: 'Cautious conservatism' continues to influence spending
Retail's BIG Blog
Though many children and college-age students have already started school, there's a few places around the country where the school bell has yet to ring. And, as we approach Labor Day, you can bet those teens and 20-somethings reveling in their last few days of freedom this summer are looking for the best way to make a splash with their wardrobes when they hit school hallways. This means mom and dad might still be on the hook for some last-minute shopping.
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How are brands using Twitter?
Social Media Today
Each day, brands are actively discussed just about everywhere online — some listen, but many don't pay attention. Many still miss crucial opportunities by treating Twitter as exclusively a broadcast platform, expecting to influence customers with little to no community building efforts. Limiting Twitter solely to a one-way platform ignores the importance of broader engagement with customers.
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French Fry Burger headlines Burger King's fall menu
Convenience Store News
Burger King Worldwide Inc. revealed its fall menu lineup, which includes the new French Fry Burger, available for $1 on its value menu, and the return of the Chicken Parmesan Sandwich. The fast-food chain will also continue to offer Buffalo Chicken Strips through the end of October, based on the item’s successful summer launch.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


MCX news
I have accepted the Position of Buyer of HBA & Cleaning effective immediately. There will be some additional changes to Personal Electrics, but I will continue to drive this category for now. Please make sure you are contacting the correct people for the following Categories:

HBA & Cleaning: Please contact myself, Assistant Buyer: Jordan Shomo, Data Tech: Lisa Samad.

Personal Electrics: My team will continue to handle Personal Electrics including all ordering for the Holiday Season. Any changes will be announced at a later date.

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Thanks, William Van Hoorn
HQ MCX Buyer
HBA & Cleaning

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Landair Transport selects Compliance Networks for vendor performance optimization solutions
PRWeb via Retail Solutions Online
Landair Transport, a leading provider of transportation, warehousing and distribution solutions has selected Compliance Networks to provide vendor performance optimization solutions to their customer base. Landair Transport will oversee the first installation of Revolution, Compliance Networks' flagship vendor performance solution at the Marine Corps Exchange, the retail store found aboard Marine Corps bases worldwide.
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Convention Update for Military Hotel Rate
We lose our government per diem sleeping room block next Wednesday, Sept. 4 at COB. We currently have hotel reservations for everyone from the services that is currently registered. If you know any government partners who are planning to attend the convention or who might plan to attend, please have them complete this GPD reservation form and email it back to me by next Wednesday. Once our block closes, I cannot guarantee a room. If anyone makes reservation now, but then finds out they cannot come, we can cancel the room (up to 72 hours prior to their arrival date).

Thank you,

Tracey Durand
tdurand@ala-national.org

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Save the dates:

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
Click here to register and for more info!

Oct. 15-17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii

Nov. 7, 2013: Hampton Roads ALA Benefit Luncheon for AREA, NEREA, HRALA Scholarships
Noon-3 p.m. at the Lesser Inn at 3319 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Featuring special guests Congressman Scott Rigell, VA 2nd NEXCOM CEO Rob Bianchi and AAFES COO Mike Hoawrd

Luncheon Buffet with great silent auction items!
Pay by Oct. 25 — $45 for Industry, $25 for Resale
At the Door — $50 for Industry, $30 for Resale

Remit to Hampton Roads ALA, Attn: Paul Wehner, MDV Nash Finch, PO Box 29, Norfolk, VA 23501
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Registration deadline: Oct. 29

Companies interested in sponsoring the luncheon are encouraged to contact Tina Davenport, HRALA at Tina.Davenport@asllcnet.com or call 904-874-8937

All sponsor proceeds will be divided among AREA, NEREA, & HRALA scholarships

Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City.

Dec. 13, 2013: ALA DFW Chapter holiday luncheon
Join the ALA DFW Chapter for a festive holiday luncheon and auction at the Las Colinas Country Club, 4400 N. O'Connor Blvd., Irving, Texas. Guest speakers include: CEO Tom Shull and CMO Ana Middleton
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MWR NEWS


Officials strive to protect MWR programs amid budget cuts
U.S. Department of Defense
Committed to preserving quality-of-life offerings despite ever-tighter budgets, military morale, welfare and recreation officials are scaling back in some areas as they introduce innovative approaches to delivering services and programs.
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Fort Hood calendar of events
Fort Hood Sentinel
Check out the following calendar for upcoming events!
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Officials say they're working to protect MWR
Coastal Courier
Committed to preserving quality-of-life offerings despite ever-tighter budgets, military morale, welfare and recreation officials are scaling back in some areas as they introduce innovative approaches to delivering services and programs.
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Air Force offers potential model for future MWR programs
U.S. Department of Defense
For a glimpse into how the military services might provide quality morale, welfare and recreation services and programs despite continuing budget pressures, the transformation program the Air Force Services directorate has been rolling out for the past two and a half years is worth a look.
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Support military commissaries at the Hawaii American Logistics Show
HawaiiNewsNow
Every year, local producers of foods and other products get to display their wares for military commissary purchasing agents, and some wind up signing contracts to supply their products. Small local contracts can lead to larger global contracts when military personnel buy a lot of the product while stationed in Hawaii.
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