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President's Message


Looks like the government might get funded for a short period:

House set to pass spending plan to fund government through March
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The Washington Post, Ed O'Keefe and Paul Kane
The House is expected to easily pass a short-term spending plan Thursday to keep government operations funded through March, a move that would signal that the chamber has at least temporarily jettisoned the brinkmanship of last year.

But then:

White House issues veto threat of sequestration bill
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
On Sept. 12, the White House issued a sharp veto threat of a bill tailored to avoid Pentagon budget cuts slated to take effect in January.


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Congress:

Budget cuts
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CBS, Sharyl Attkisson
Back in Washington, sequestration is on the horizon. That means $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts to federal programs starting in January because Congress has been unable to agree on targeted spending reductions. Unless there's a last minute deal, half of the cuts will come from domestic spending, the other half from the military. But at least some are saying cutting the Pentagon's budget doesn't have to hurt national security.

Spending cuts likely to trigger furloughs
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Government Executive, Kellie Lunney
Federal agencies will have to consider furloughing employees if Congress and the White House cannot reach a deal before the end of the year to stave off the government-wide automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect in January 2013, according to a former top budget aide on Capitol Hill.


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Business:

Defense firms say layoff warnings loom
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Politico, Austin Wright
Dismayed at a returning Congress still struggling to avert automatic budget cuts, defense contractors could soon alert thousands of employees their jobs are at risk.

Defense firms confirm layoff warnings
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Politico, Philip Ewing
Major defense contractors have confirmed they'll send tens of thousands of employee layoff warnings shortly before Election Day, according to correspondence recently released by Arizona Sen. John McCain.

McCain to Obama: Call White House sequestration summit
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
The top Republican on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee wants the president to call lawmakers to the White House for talks on avoiding deep defense and other federal spending cuts.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association


Washington Update


Pentagon: China's US debt holdings aren't threat
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China's holdings of more than $1 trillion in U.S. debt and the prospect that it might "suddenly and significantly" withdraw funds don't pose a national security threat, according to a first-ever Pentagon assessment. "China has few attractive options for investing the bulk of its large foreign exchange holdings out of U.S. Treasury securities," given their extent, according to the report dated July 20. More

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Budget cuts seen squeezing Marines' capacity, programs
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Across-the-board budget cuts due to start taking effect in January could set back the U.S. Marine Corps' most important procurement programs, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and may cripple the Marines' ability to respond to multiple crises at once, the top Marine Corps general said. More



Commissary News


Microsoft Office 365 software licenses
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
DISA/DITCO intends to issue a contract for the acquisition Microsoft Office 365 software licenses for the Defense Commissary Agency. Microsoft has proprietary rights to the software code for the Microsoft Office 365 software products associated with this requirement and is the only known source, along with its resellers, that can provide this maintenance support. No other vendor or distributor can legally obtain access to the software, and no other vendor can make duplicate copies since it is protected by copyright and patent laws. More

Perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area, and custodial operations
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Furnish all supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies necessary to perform shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency, Dover AFB Commissary, located at Dover AFB, Delaware, in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement. The solicitation includes a base period (August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014) and four one-year option periods. This acquisition is a 100 percent set-aside for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) concerns. More

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KBE Building Corporation selected to build naval facility in Maryland
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KBE Building Corporation has been selected to construct the new Joint Commissary and Navy Exchange in Annapolis, Md. The $27 million project will consist of a 51,000 square-foot Joint Commissary and a new 98,000 square-foot Navy Exchange with a garden center. The commissary will include a retail sales area; storage for nonperishable and refrigerated foods; a bakery/deli; produce, meat and dairy departments; administrative areas; operational support areas; and staging/receiving areas. The Navy Exchange will include a barber shop, beauty salon, optical shop, jewelry store, main retail sales area, food court, administrative areas, operational support areas and a stock room. More

Kroger sustainability report: Fleet efficiency up 9.75 percent
Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Grocery chain Kroger increased its fleet efficiency by 9.75 percent in the past year, and by 25.5 percent since 2008, according to the company's latest corporate sustainability report. More

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WTB Soldier learning overlooked trade during internship at Hood commissary
Fort Hood Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Fort Hood warrior in transition is working toward his goal for his life after the Army while continuing to heal at the Warrior Transition Brigade, and he is pursuing a trade many take for granted. "Not a lot of people do it anymore," Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Morgan, formerly a mortarman with 3rd Cavalry Regiment, said. "It's one of those trades people don't think about anymore." More

Grocery stores plan shift to social
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The ongoing shift in consumer media usage habits from traditional to digital media will be pushing the grocery industry in a distinctly social direction, according to research from media and marketing services firm Valassis. More

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NPD: Half recognize the need for a diet change
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to findings from The NPD Group, 8 out of 10 U.S. adults describe themselves as "extremely healthy" or "very healthy," yet only 1 in 5 have what is considered a "most healthy" diet, with 65 percent maintaining a body mass index considered overweight or obese. In spite of their skewed self-assessments, almost half of U.S. adults (104 million) recognize the need to change their diet to improve their overall health. More

Comparing Americans to grocery shoppers worldwide
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nielsen recently conducted a survey to determine what factors affect shoppers from every continent. While North Americans tended to be close to the average, the similarities and differences provide interesting insight into how we shop, and what we should (and should not) focus on. More

Keep track of grocery shopping total by writing the price next to items instead of crossing them off
Lifehacker    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Keeping track of how much you're spending at the grocery store isn't an easy feat. Provided you use a paper grocery shopping list, you could write down the price of items as you go along instead of crossing items off your list. More

5 tips at the grocery store that will save you an extra $100 a month
Atlanta Journal Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Would you like an extra $100 a month? How about $200? Perhaps you could use it to pay off a credit card quicker, save for a vacation, or help support your favorite charity? For most Americans, finding an extra $100 a month is as easy as making some small changes in your grocery shopping habits. More

4 grocery list apps that make shopping, syncing lists simple
Mashable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's always nice to come home to a well-stocked refrigerator and make a delicious dinner for yourself or your family. Planning your grocery list can ensure that, when you make a trip to the store, everything you need to make the week's meals will be bought in one trip. Particularly if you live with a spouse, significant other or roommate whom you split the groceries with, compiling a joint list can be a hassle. A number of apps attempt to solve this problem by either organizing your lists, or syncing your lists into one list. Check out the following four apps to make grocery shopping more efficient and just easier altogether. More

Supermarket waste: Where does it go?
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At some point, you have probably found yourself in a grocery store wondering what happens to the overripe bananas or the holiday-themed sheet cakes that do not sell. All of those things can't end up in the trash, can they? More

Commissary Announcements


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., September 13, 2012.

PROMOTIONS
DP #20, CONUS & Pacific Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
DP #23, WW Promotion Package, Celebrate Santa Sale.

NOTICES TO TRADE
12-139, Air Fresheners Cat Rev Live Test Set Date.

MISCELLANEOUS
DeCA Comparison with Commercial Supermarkets – 2010 (Updated with latest 2010 data).
FDS Distributor Codes, 1 September 2012.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-37.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates. CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
Oct. 1–3, 2012: 65th Annual Convention, Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C. Registration available on the website.
April 24–26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.



Exchange News


Kmart follows Toys R Us and drops layaway fees
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, Kmart dropped all layaway fees and is now allowing shoppers to put any item on layaway at nearly all of their stores. The elimination of fees will be in effect until Nov. 17, but the company may extend it to the entire year, said Jai Holtz, Sears' Holdings vice president of financial services. Sears will have a similar program in October, but specific dates are being finalized. More

Retail CEOs charting careful course into the holidays
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While consumers are spending now, the continued macroeconomic uncertainty is keeping retail management commentary cautious. Similarly, there is some concern that the political uncertainty surrounding the election and the looming fiscal cliff could rattle consumers heading into the all-important Christmas holiday season. More

Amazon stirs up a price war
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Amazon.com Inc. kindled a price war in the tablet-computer market, unveiling a new slate of the devices that pack in more features at lower prices than Apple Inc.'s dominant iPad. More

Port labor and management to resume talks
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal mediators recently said labor and management from East Coast and Gulf Coast ports have agreed to return to the bargaining table, a move that could avoid a possible October strike that would disrupt retail supply chains during merchants' busiest time of the year. "The parties have agreed to resume negotiations under our auspices," said Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen. More

Neiman Marcus, Visa team on fashionable mobile service
Online Media Daily via MediaPost    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Department store Neiman Marcus is teaming with Visa to launch a service that delivers special offers, fashion news and sneak previews to shoppers on their mobile devices. Called nmbuzz, the new program is open to Neiman Marcus customers who enroll their eligible Visa account and mobile phone number. More

Target CFO: Won't chase holiday sales 'at all costs'
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Target Corp is planning conservatively for the upcoming holiday season and could forgo some sales if industry discounting gets too deep, the retailer's chief financial officer recently said. "We aren't interested in driving sales at all costs," said CFO John Mulligan in answer to a question at a Goldman Sachs conference. More

Dollar General: Cash-strapped Americans mean strong profits ahead
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Americans keen to stretch their budgets last quarter made Dollar General stores a frequent stop. The discount chain's latest quarterly surpassed Wall Street estimates, and allowed the company to raise full-year guidance. More

His and hers shopping rules
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Faced with increasing competition from online retailers, some bricks-and-mortar retailers are embracing a practice known as gender-based selling, where stores aim to lure men and women to shop by focusing on their differences. Knowing that men hate to browse, a store may group all its men's products in one location close to the entrance, and knowing women like suggestions, it may train associates to offer product alternatives. (Subscription required.) More

New entry in tablet wars: Toys 'R' Us
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a bid to battle the "showrooming" phenomenon that is hurting big-box retailers, Toys "R" Us Inc. recently said it will start selling its own proprietary tablet designed for children. The $149.99 Tabeo will be available only at Toys "R" Us, so shoppers won't be able to try it out in a store and then purchase it for less on a rival retailer's website. The tablet goes on sale Oct. 21, and pre-orders are now available online at Toysrus.com. (Subscription required.) More

Microsoft goes public with holiday store plans
PCWorld    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Microsoft has a big month ahead of it, with the release of both Windows 8 and its Surface tablet coming in October. To support these releases, the company will open 32 new retail locations in the U.S. and Canada. More

Majors battle for big fall business
Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With department stores duking it out for best shoe floor in Manhattan this fall, executives are looking to boots, jewel-toned colors and new heel heights to drive business. (Subscription required.) More

Survey: Retailers' optimism for the holidays rises
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While the presidential election, the pending fiscal cliff and modest job growth are creating uncertainty over how much consumers may open their wallets this holiday season, retailers so far are feeling pretty optimistic. More



7-Eleven adds hot pizza, tacos in updated store format
The San Diego Union-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What's quicker — and maybe even cheaper — than a fast-food drive-thru when you're starving and short on time? Beyond the hot-dog warmer, 7-Eleven is offering more meals you can grab while you're filling up your car's tank. The world's largest convenience-store chain is rolling out hot food cases, packed with pizza, tacos and taquitos; while expanding its heavily used coffee bars. More

Connecting real-time fuel operations in the cloud
CSNews Retail Technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Staying ahead in the convenience store industry has always meant finding innovative solutions to save time and money. Today, that usually means technology upgrades. And the technology upgrade more and more business owners are turning to is the cloud. Also known as SaaS or software as a service technology, the cloud allows c-store owners to connect all their data in one location. More

5 ways retail leaders participate in their team's success
Retail Customer Experience    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Doug Fleener, president and managing partner of Dynamic Experiences Group LLC, writes, "A couple weeks ago the Daily Retail Quote was, 'True leadership comes not from position but from participation and effectiveness.' Some of the best leaders I've had the pleasure of meeting and/or working with go far beyond managing people. They're active participants in the success of their staff and their business. These are some of the ways I see strong leaders participate in their team's success." More

Mobile payments can increase customer loyalty
Retail Customer Experience    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mobile payment is a channel that's not only immediate and intimate, but that also opens up huge loyalty opportunities for companies that do it right. A move by two giants such as Wal-Mart and Target will surely hasten some of the trends predicted for years, expediting customer adoption in a way that will ripple through the loyalty industry and drive more marketers to develop loyalty offerings that provide instantaneous benefits and recognition. More

PetSmart thrives on treating owners like parents
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As family dogs are increasingly treated as family members, PetSmart Inc., the largest U.S. pet-supply retailer, is profiting by treating pet owners as pet parents. The company recently logged its 10th quarter in a row of double-digit profit growth, and it has opened 1,000 stores since 2007, with plans to add about 50 stores each year for the next eight to 10 years. More

Chapter Announcements
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Exchange Announcements


New version of NIIF
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Please use attached version of NIIF moving forward with the business effective immediately. If you have any questions please contact me. Thanks.

ATTENTION Buying teams, DMM's and PAR managers:

Due to recent upgrades to RMS, connectivity has been lost with RMS, therefore rendering our automated QIIC (Quick Item Induction Chanel) tool useless as well as other pre-validation functionality within the NIIF itself.

In order to ensure your items are inducted in a timely manner and current service level agreements continue to be met:

ACTION REQUIRED:
  • Begin using the newest version of the NIIF (NIIF v5-2R) immediately.
  • Copy of NIIF included as attachment.
  • Posted to 'Doing Business with AAFES Portal' 06 SEP 2012.
  • Convert ANY NIIF's currently being worked by the buying teams (not submitted to MST for induction yet) to the newest version, IF POSSIBLE.
  • Make sure any other versions of the NIIF that your suppliers are currently working with or have in their possession, are converted/replaced with the newest version.
Very respectfully,

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


Exchange Logistics request
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We are reaching out to our vendor partners in an effort to gauge the level of service that the Exchange Logistics directorate is currently providing. We ask that you please provide us with feedback on any logistics issues that you may be having with the Exchange, such as assigned commercial carriers, consolidation centers, the Exchange Fleet, or Exchange distribution centers.

When providing feedback, please include the name of your Exchange buyer so that we can involve them in the process of resolving any issues.

If you have any questions, you may contact me directly.

Thank you for your time,

Jason Spencer, CTL
Sr Transportation Analyst Logistics
Army & Air Force Exchange Service
O: 214-312-3786 M: 972-261-8933
spencerj@aafes.com


KMC Express Store officially opens for business
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The threat of rain did not stop the members of the KMC who gathered at the new Army and Air Force Exchange Service KMC Express Store grand opening Aug. 31 on Ramstein. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held with Brig. Gen. C.K. Hyde, 86th Airlift Wing commander; Col. Fred Hannah, AAFES Europe-Southwest Asia commander; Chief Master Sgt. James Morris, 86th Airlift Wing command chief; John Sharpe, AAFES Europe-Southwest Asia area manager; Jeffrey Crisp, U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern deputy commander; and Airman 1st Class Lesli Jimenez, Airman of the Quarter. More

Select NEXs to open mobile centers
TMCnet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Navy issued the following news release: Navy Exchange Service Command announced Sept. 5, its customers will find purchasing a mobile phone and mobile services easier thanks to its new NEX Mobile Centers. More

NEXCOM headquarters celebrates diversity
America's Navy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Navy Exchange Service Command headquarters celebrated Diversity Day in Virginia Beach, Va., on Sept. 5. The event comes just one day after NEXCOM was named one of the top 50 companies in America for providing the best career opportunities for Hispanic women by LATINAStyle Magazine. The theme for the morning's event was "Diversity: Beyond Race and Ethnicity." More

Edwards breaks ground for new service station
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Excitedly, Edwards AFB Exchange had their groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 4 for their new service station. This project started two years ago after the need to upgrade existing facilities was recognized. More

Signature no longer needed for some NEX credit card purchases
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NEX customers who make a purchase for $25 or less using a credit card will no longer need to sign a sales receipt. This option is available to customers who make a purchase using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Military Star Card. For those customers using an American Express card to pay for purchases, a signature will still be required.

"This change to make it easier and more efficient for customers to complete their NEX purchase," said Richard Dow, Navy Exchange Service Command Senior Vice President, Store Operations. "We know our customers often times run into their NEX to make a small purchase, such as a cold beverage, snack or other convenience item, especially in our mini marts. This new procedure will make shopping at your NEX even more convenient."

Customers will still receive a printed receipt for all purchases.


Exchange supports Operation Warfighter with career opportunities
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Staff Sgt. Andrew McElroy Jr. was serving as a tracked-vehicle Mechanic/Instructor in the Advanced Leaders' Course at Fort Hood in the summer of 2011 when he was severely injured in a fall. Fortunately for McElroy, while being stationed at Fort Hood in the Warrior Transition Unit, he discovered a program, known as Operation Warfighter that provides wounded with an opportunity to try new career fields. More



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CGX Sales Summary August 2012

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Exchange Update


AAFES won't sell former SEAL's memoir about bin Laden raid
Stars and Stripes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A former Navy SEAL's memoir recounting the Osama bin Laden raid that the Pentagon says reveals classified information won't be sold in exchanges on Army or Air Force bases. "Due to its unique mission and customer base, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is not stocking 'No Easy Day,'" Judd Anstey, public relations manager for AAFES, wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes. More

CGX buyer update
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We regret to inform you that Sean Sommer is leaving CSC to return home to New York. Sean has been as asset to our company and we are sorry to see him leave. Sean's last day is Friday, Sept. 14. After that date, please contact Associate Buyer, John Madjecki at 757-842-4736 or Assistant Buyer Patrick Gibbs at 757-842-4739 in the interim. We will let you know what date we transition we will transition to the new buyer, Sam Bishop, sometime next week.

We are very pleased to announce that Sam Bishop has been reassigned to the Electronics Buyer position. Sam has been our Ladies Apparel, Cosmetics, Jewelry/Watches and Handbag/Accessory/Sunglass Buyer for a number of years, so she is very familiar with our unique store assortment needs and varying store demographics. This will be a new and exciting challenge for Sam!

We are also very pleased to announce that Dawn Stith, our CG Logo and Giftware Buyer, has been reassigned to Sam's former position, to the Ladies Apparel, Cosmetics, Jewelry/Watches and Handbag/Accessory/Sunglasses Buyer. Dawn was the Assistant Buyer in that area for five years, so she is familiar with all of these departments. Dawn enjoys her current position but is very excited about buying the new categories!

The CG Logo and Giftware Buyer position will be posted today for one week, through Friday, Sept. 14, and it will only be open to internal candidates.

We are working on the transition plan for moving Sam and Dawn to their new departments and will let you know as soon as we have the timing and dates finalized. For now, continue to contact them for the departments they are currently buying.

Please join me in a congratulating Sam and Dawn on their new positions!

Best,

Sarah Malbon Mikus
Director of Merchandise
USCG Community Services Command
Coast Guard Exchange System
510 Independence Parkway, Suite 500 Chesapeake, VA 23320
www.cg-exchange.com
smikus@cg-exchange.com
757-842-4904


Washington Update


South Korean workers threaten strike at US bases
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The union representing local workers at U.S. military bases in South Korea is threatening to go on strike if the U.S. military goes ahead with plans to reduce some full time employees to part time. More

Troops' investment in the Fort Gordon Exchange pays off for entire community
Fort Gordon Signal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Fort Gordon Exchange is paying dividends in more ways than one as Soldiers exercising their benefit by dining and shopping on base last year generated a dividend of $2,068,649.12. These funds are critical to Army Installation Command G-9's ability to enhance local programs and facilities including the Gordon Lakes Golf Course, Pointes West Army Resort and Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre. More

Construction started on $110 million hotel
Columbus Ledger Enquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Construction on a new 860-room, $110 million hotel started today on Fort Benning's Main Post. The Fort Benning Army Lodge is being built on a field behind the Benning Conference Center off Ingersoll Street. It will replace lodging that's now offered in Building 399, Olson Hall, through the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. More
 
 

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