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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


House Republican leaders delay vote on new budget bill until next week
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The Washington Post, Paul Kane
With a government shutdown looming in less than three weeks, Republican House leaders recently conceded that they have yet to muster enough votes to approve a plan to keep federal agencies open.


A 'no' on Syria if military cuts aren't restored
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The Wall Street Journal, Buck McKeon
"I can't agree to send our troops on another mission without making sure they have the funding they need."


Trade show lets Hawaii businesses sell to military commissaries
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Pacific Business News, Stephanie Silverstein
Hawaii businesses will have an opportunity to get their products onto military commissary and exchange store shelves at the American Logistics Association of Hawaii Conference and Food Show next month in Waikiki. Directors and area managers from the commissary and exchange system will be on hand to provide an update about how the system is performing in Hawaii, and buyers will browse booths, scouting for new products to add to the shelves.



Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


Pentagon contracts little changed in August
Bloomberg
The U.S. Defense Department awarded $17.6 billion in contracts in August, little changed from July and one-third less than the same month a year ago. Only one award topped $1 billion in value: an extension of a current deal to upgrade electronics in U.S. weapons systems and provide other engineering services, held by seven defense contractors including Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co.
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US budget cuts squeezing smaller defense firms
Reuters
Small companies that make components for everything from tanks to fighter jets and satellites are bearing the brunt of cuts in U.S. military spending with the first casualties already showing up, top U.S. industry and government officials told Reuters.
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US budget cuts complicate Pentagon reform drive
Reuters
The Pentagon's top weapons buyer recently acknowledged that the budget crisis in Washington is making it hard to execute reforms designed to increase competition and lower costs.
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Marine Corps limiting liquor sales on bases
Stars and Stripes
The Marine Corps is preparing to limit alcohol sales on base, following in the footsteps of a Navy effort designed to reduce alcohol-related crimes and misbehavior.
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Federal hiring down, with most jobs going to defense
The Washington Post via The Boston Globe
With fiscal pressures continuing to force spending cuts, government agencies made fewer than 90,000 new hires last year, the smallest number in six years and a 37 percent drop since 2009, federal data show. The government hired 89,689 new employees in 2012, many of whom eventually will move into leadership positions at their agencies. They include the largest number of veterans in recent years (44.7 percent), and three out of four are filling jobs at defense and security-related agencies.
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Senators push for AFRICOM in Hampton Roads
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Virginia's two U.S. senators are reviving a push to relocate U.S. Africa Command from Germany to Hampton Roads after a new government study said moving it stateside could save as much as $70 million a year and create up to 4,300 jobs.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., Sept. 12, 2013.

PROMOTIONS
DP #20, Update #1, Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
Christmas Holiday Gift Packs, Update #2.
Winter Cocoa/Cider, Update #2.
Christmas International, Update #2.
Holiday Grocery, Update #2.
Superbowl, Update #2.

NOTICES TO TRADE
13-52, New Category Management Process and Industry Input.
13-121, Store Reset Dates – Imperial Beach.
13-122, FY 2014 DIBS FDS-DSD Call Numbers.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-37.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
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


New Chinhae commissary open
Noodls
The Defense Commissary Agency opened its newest commissary at Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae, South Korea, Aug. 31. The commissary is collocated in the Navy's new three-story Fleet and Family Town Center with an Army and Air Force Exchange and other support and service functions.
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Trade show lets Hawaii businesses sell to military commissaries
Pacific Business News
Hawaii businesses will have an opportunity to get their products onto military commissary and exchange store shelves at the American Logistics Association of Hawaii Conference and Food Show next month in Waikiki. Directors and area managers from the commissary and exchange system will be on hand to provide an update about how the system is performing in Hawaii, and buyers will browse booths, scouting for new products to add to the shelves.
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Offutt commissary to offer online shopping
Offutt Air Force Base
Team Offutt's Commissary shoppers will be able to click their way to a full cupboard beginning Sept. 25 thanks to a new program called "CLICK2GO." Offutt joins Fort Lee, Va., as the second of three locations where the Defense Commissary Agency will test a new internet-ordering and curbside pickup service.
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Grocery stores adding tech features to stay competitive
Los Angeles Times
Grocery stores are adding high-tech systems to cut lines, ease paying at the register and even lead customers to the products they are seeking.
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Straight to the source
Progressive Grocer
From competitive pressures imposed by supercenters to consumers' penny-pinching purchases of generic brands and the trickle-down impact on margins caused by fluctuating fuel costs and weather conditions, navigating the grocery business is not for the weak. Now, with the economic recovery taking hold on Main Street — if consumer behavior is any indication — grocers are finding revitalized competition from restaurants.
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FDA: Arsenic in rice won't cause harm
Supermarket News
The level of arsenic found in rice and rice products is too low to cause immediate health damage, according to FDA researchers. The agency tested more than 1,300 samples for total arsenic and inorganic arsenic, the more toxic form. Both contaminants are naturally occurring.
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Demographic diversity
Grocery Headquarters
For the supermarket retailer, the challenges never end. Drugstore chains, club stores and even convenience stores are now players in the grocery game. Grocers must devise a strategy to counter them. There are discount stores that sell non-perishables for less than the average food store. Internet retailers will deliver everything from dish detergent to apples to the customer's door. Grocers must find a way to cope.
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Cattle decline on reduced supermarket demand for beef
Bloomberg
Cattle futures dropped for the fifth time in six sessions on signs of lower demand for beef from U.S. supermarkets. Hog prices headed for the longest rally in five years. "Beef is fighting against cheaper competing meats at the supermarket counter," said Darrell Holaday, the president of Advance Market Concepts in Wamego, Kan. "Beef demand is a little sluggish."
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FedEx gets $49 million DoD contract to deliver veggies to Guam, Japan, Korea, Alaska
Pacific News Center
The Department of Defense has announced a $49.7 million contract award to Federal Express Corp. of El Segundo, Calif. for "over-packing and transportation" of perishable subsistences.

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The Greek yogurt culture war
The Wall Street Journal
Because shelf space is limited, the Greek squeeze means consumers have had to say goodbye to some varieties of traditional-style yogurt and more obscure flavors.

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EXCHANGE NEWS


Toys 'R' Us antes up in child-tablet battle with new tabeo
Bloomberg
The world's largest toy chain will release the second version of its tabeo tablet early next month, Richard Barry, the retailer's chief marketing officer, said in an interview. The first edition, built on Google Inc.'s Android operating system, sold out last year, so the company has boosted production and marketing for the tabeo e2, he said, while declining to give specific sales figures.
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Retailers stocking up ahead of holiday season
National Retail Federation
Import volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to grow 5.1 percent in September over the same month last year as retailers head into the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report recently released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
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Neiman Marcus reaches $6 billion sale agreement
Chain Store Age
Ares Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have reached an agreement to purchase Neiman Marcus for $6 billion from a group of investors led by TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus, the private equity firms that bought Neiman Marcus for $5.1 billion in 2005.
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Survey: Gen Y still drawn to brick-and-mortar
Chain Store Age
Despite their love of the Internet, Generation Y shoppers remain loyal brick-and-mortar shoppers, according to survey results by the Urban Land Institute. One caveat, however, is that the physical shopping experience must be exciting.
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In-store IT investigation: Kohl's
Chain Store Age
As a discount department store retailer, Kohl's is targeting a middle-class consumer looking for decent quality merchandise at a fair price. Kohl's array of in-store IT solutions reflects this "Middle America" marketing and merchandising approach by focusing on self-service technology that makes finding products and determining prices as quick and convenient as possible, rather than leading-edge solutions that might appeal to higher-income, connected shoppers.
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PetSmart goes virtual for Halloween
Chain Store Age
PetSmart is allowing customers to virtually try Halloween costumes on their pets via Facebook. PetSmart's "Spooktacular Costume Machine" on Facebook lets customers upload a photo of their pet and virtually try on 10 different costumes, add props and text, and share a photo through email, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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Stein Mart leads off-pricers with launch of e-commerce
Chain Store Age
Stein Mart Inc. has officially opened its online store, which offers both brick-and-mortar store merchandise and unique online-only offerings. The chain is among the first in the off-price category to enter e-commerce.
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Retail industry adds 43,600 jobs in August
Chains Store Age
The National Retail Federation calculated retail industry job gains at 43,600 in August, with marked increases in clothing, general merchandise and electronics stores.
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Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target tops in back-to-school commercials
Retail's BIG Blog
The back-to-school season is considered by many retailers as the first opportunity of the year to push the creative envelope with unique and compelling advertising. Whether through commercials or flashy websites, some retailers go all out to impress both the teens and pre-teens who are heading back to class and, of course, the mothers and fathers who have control over the purse strings.
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J.C. Penney CEO throws in towel on Martha Stewart
MarketWatch
J.C. Penney's fraught relationship with Martha Stewart is over, according to the New York Post. CEO Myron "Mike" Ullman — whose ousted predecessor, Ron Johnson, had seen the Martha Stewart–branded lines as a direct assault on rival department-store chain Macy's, which had a pre-existing partnership with the celebrity taste maker, and part of a concerted effort to appeal to a more upmarket shopper — pulled the plug.
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Christmas in September? Retailers creeping up on holiday
The Des Moines Register
Burlap wreaths decorated with silver bells, snowmen with plaid scarves, trees decorated with shiny ornaments, and red snowflake table runners fill store shelves at the Von Maur department store in West Des Moines. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Wait, it's only early September. It's still 110 days until Christmas.
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August retail sales shy of hopes
The Wall Street Journal
Challenges persisted for apparel retailers in August as shoppers continued to stay away from malls, though consumers appeared to be opening their wallets for bigger-ticket items, such as furniture, automobiles and building supplies.
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White House proposes new rules for postponed health law mandate that many firms offer coverage
The Washington Post
The Obama administration recently released new proposals for carrying out a major requirement of the federal health care law that was postponed earlier this summer. At issue is how to gather information that would allow the government to enforce a requirement that companies with 50 or more workers provide affordable health insurance to their full-time employees. Companies that don't comply would risk fines.
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Subway crashes NY Fashion Week
MediaPost
In a break from its heavily sports-oriented marketing, Subway is looking to gain the attention of fashionistas during this month's New York Fashion Week. The sandwich chain has partnered with Nolcha Fashion Week to host a fashion show in which all of the designs are made entirely out of items from Subway restaurants, like napkins and sandwich wrappers.
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How a designer T-shirt hit the runway and the mall on the same day
The Wall Street Journal
The latest looks that designer Rebecca Minkoff is showing this week won't be in stores until next spring. But a piece from the collection — a graphic T-shirt with a gemstone-and-flower design — is set to start selling to consumers the same day it comes down the catwalk.
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Fossil winds up investors
The Wall Street Journal
Investors eager to profit from the recent wristwatch craze should take a moment to check the batteries. Timepieces adorned with names of fashion designers have surged in popularity since the financial crisis, as the brand-conscious crowd looked for affordable status symbols.
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Petco launches $15 million campaign, company transformation effort
Advertising Age
After years of being the place "where the pets go" and subsequently "where the healthy pets go," Petco is updating its tagline and embarking on a company transformation intended to make it a destination that's about more than just products and services.
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Wealthy millennials approach shopping differently than their parents
Adweek
Millennials are different from their parents, at least when it comes to spending. The Shullman Research Center surveyed adults with a household income of $75,000 plus on their spending plans and habits, and found that those age 18-33 were more optimistic about their financial situation and planned to spend more than their older counterparts. But marketers can't just take this young demo for granted.
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Apps to help you start selling on Facebook — now
Entrepreneur
First there was e-commerce, then m-commerce and now it's all about f-commerce: otherwise known as selling on Facebook. Recently, the social network revealed a plan to allow consumers to buy items using their Facebook login, but that product is still a ways from being an option to the average online retailer.
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Report: Shipping costs key to online shopping
Chain Store Age
Seventy-seven percent of consumers say shipping costs factor into their willingness to shop online. Results of the CFI Group Retail Satisfaction Barometer for second quarter 2013 also show that the most common consumer activity on retail websites is browsing and researching before in-store purchase (59 percent).
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Accenture and SAP release solution for retail CMOs
Chain Store Age
Accenture and SAP AG are jointly releasing a new application called the Marketing Performance Solution by Accenture and SAP. Sold by Accenture, the solution enables retail chief marketing officers (CMOs) view and act on centralized key marketing performance data such as sales figures, media spend and social reach in near real-time.
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Report: Target to offer in-store pickup of online orders by holidays
Chain Store Age
Target Corp. will follow the lead of several other retailers, including Wal-Mart, and allow shoppers to pick up select goods ordered online in its stores, the Star Tribune reported.
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Investors are poised to pay $6 billion for Neiman
The Wall Street Journal
After several months sitting in the display case, Neiman Marcus Inc. appears close to having a buyer. A team of Ares Management LLC and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are in the final stages of negotiations to buy Neiman Marcus for around $6 billion, said people familiar with the matter, in a move that would shift the luxury retailer from one set of private-equity ownership to another.
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Gen Y shoppers, raised on e-commerce, still prefer in-store experience
The Baltimore Sun
Just as video did not kill the radio star, the Internet won't kill the shopping mall any time soon. The shopping habits of Generation Y show why. Buying almost anything online may be as much second nature as texting for many in the first generation to have grown up with e-commerce, but the millennials still do most of their shopping in stores, especially those that keep their offerings fresh and make the experience social, according to research from the Urban Land Institute.
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Report: Manufacturer sues J.C. Penney for breach of contract
Chain Store Age
Coffee press manufacturer Bodum Group is reportedly suing J.C. Penney Co. for breach of contract. According to Reuters, Bodum filed a lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court on Aug. 30 alleging the retailer did not live up to an agreement to build an agreed number of in-store Bodum specialty boutiques by March 2013.
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Wal-Mart launches smartphone trade-in
Chain Store Age
Starting Sept. 21, consumers will be able to receive immediate credit toward the purchase of a new smartphone when they trade in their current smartphone at more than 3,600 participating Wal-Mart stores and Sam's Club locations across the U.S. Wal-Mart's trade-in program offers an immediate credit from $50 to $300 for more than 100 smartphones.
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Consumer pessimism at highest point of the year
Convenience Store News
Consumers are more pessimistic about the economy now than they have been all year. However, this time gas prices may not shoulder all the blame for the bleak outlook. For the first time this year, consumer pessimism increased over a 30-day period when gas prices fell. More than 3 in 5 consumers (61 percent) said they are pessimistic, an increase from the 58 percent who said they were pessimistic a month earlier, when gas prices were actually higher.
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PetSmart rides on tails of humanization
MediaPost
It's not just humans who are eating better foods these days. Their pets are, too, and that's why PetSmart is venturing into bison and venison with its premium foods line. "Parents are feeding their pets better food. We just see that," PetSmart CEO David Lenhardt told analysts at the Goldman Sachs Retail Conference. "Pets are living longer. Pet coats are better. Feeding pets with ever-improving food is a trend that just keeps continuing."
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Nearly half of marketing emails are opened on mobile devices
Internet Retailer
Nearly half of marketing emails are opened on mobile devices, says a new study. But when consumers want to take action on messages, those shoppers favor the bigger screens of other computers.
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EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENTS


NEXCOM announcement
To all:

I am happy to announce a new journey in my NEXCOM career. As of Sept. 13, I will no longer be the Beauty Care Buyer. I have been promoted to the Services Program Manager position. I have enjoyed working with all of my vendors, and hope that our paths will cross in the future.

In the intern until a new Buyer is hired, for immediate assistance, please contact Ron Johansen, Jane Reddick, or Cassandra Hurd.

Regards,
Mary Margaret Caragan
Buyer Beauty Care
757-631-3488

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Retail food vendor meeting (2013)
Thank you all so much for attending the 2013 Retail Food Vendor Meeting! It was a great success! I have loaded the presentation on the partners website: partners.aafes.com/Default.asp.

PLEASE NOTE:
  • if you have access already log in under your username and password
  • if you do not you can log in under username: trevinojam password: trevinojam.
Once logged in please click on Reference Docs in the upper left corner then Exchange Announcements and Important Supplier Information, open the EPOL Supplier Documents, then open Retail Food Vendor Meeting 2013 and you're there!

Thank you all again for attending and we look forward to working with you in 2014!

Jamie Trevino
Merchandise Assistant
Army & Air Force Exchange Service
Dry Grocery and Meat Snacks~MD-C1
214-312-3855
TrevinoJam@aafes.com
Visit our online store! www.shopmyexchange.com

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Save the dates:

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
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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 Howard

Luncheon buffet with great silent auction items!
Pay by Oct. 25 — $45 for Industry, $25 for Resale
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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


Rent-A-Center donates electronics
Fort Lee Traveller
Fort Lee is no stranger to donations and generous offers of assistance from the local community. Civic groups, businesses and quite a few residents in the Tri-City Area and beyond have gone out of their way to show love and support of the military forces and families. Oftentimes, it all happens behind the scenes — no muss, no fuss and no fanfare — but the givers know it is appreciated more than words can describe.
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Community partnerships offer solution to budget squeeze faced by MWR programs
Defense Communities
Morale, welfare and recreation officials across DOD are making a variety of adjustments to maintain quality-of-life programs as they cope with budget cuts and other changes depriving them of needed resources.
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FMWR highlights new ODR complex
U.S. Army
Most big ideas start small. Ben and Jerry's opened their first ice cream parlor in a run-down gas station; the first Macintosh computer was built in a garage; and Wal-Mart began as a five-and-dime store in Arkansas. Likewise, the idea for a new Outdoor Recreation complex to accommodate the ever-growing population within U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr and the Bavaria Military Community began as a simple sketch drawn sloppily on a restaurant napkin. Ten years of extensive planning and 10 million dollars later, USAG Grafenwoehr's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will finally realize this new ODR complex when it opens to the public Sept. 24.
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