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President's Message


Following are some observations concerning Defense matters gleaned from a post-election analysis by a prominent Washington area law firm:

  • Sequestration — The president has signaled he is prepared to compromise over automatic Defense cuts. Congressional Republicans have yet to indicate a willingness to strike a deal that includes revenue increases and assures continuation of Administration spending priorities.
- Continuing resolution expires March 27, 2013, and must either be replaced by appropriations acts or extension of the CR.

- Most Defense experts predict additional Defense cuts (beyond the $487 Billion already mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011) even if Sequestration is avoided.

- Personnel reductions beyond the 100,000 already planned are likely.
  • DoD leadership change anticipated.
- Most Defense experts predict that Secretary Panetta will step down. Seen as an effective steward but more as a transitional figure than an influence on larger defense policy or force structure issues.

- Michelle Flournoy, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, considered to be the leading candidate to succeed Secretary Panetta. Other possibilities mentioned are SASC member Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter; and former Clinton Secretary of the Navy, Richard Danzig.


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  • Senate Armed Services Committee
- Senator Carl Levin, D-Mich., likely to remain as SASC Chairman. Expected to continue his opposition to Sequestration while remaining open to targeted Defense cuts.

- Democratic SASC caucus will experience turnover as Committee Members Joseph Lieberman, ID-Conn.; Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii; Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Jim Webb, D-Va., retire at year end.

- Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., favored to serve as SASC's next Ranking Member, replacing Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., who is term limited in that position. The defeat of Senator Scott Brown, R-Mass., creates a vacancy on the committee.
  • Senate Appropriations Committee
- Likely to remain in the hands of seasoned defense experts — Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, is likely to remain as Chairman of the full committee and Chairman of the Defense Subcommittee. Although Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is term limited as Ranking Member of the full committee, he could stay on as Ranking Member of the Defense Subcommittee.

- Senators Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, will leave the Defense Subcommittee.
  • House Armed Services Committee
- Considerable continuity from the current Congress. Representative Buck McKeon, R-Calif., will remain as HASC Chairman, and Representative Adam Smith, D-Wash., will continue as Ranking Member.

- Representative Alan West, R-Fla., a member of the HASC Personnel Subcommittee, could lose his seat in the Congress, pending an updated vote count and possible court challenge.
This summary submitted for whatever it's worth.


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Election 2012:

Election changes complexion of defense panels
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Bloomberg Government via Early Bird, Chris Strohm
The recent election results will have an impact on the leadership of the committees that handle military policy and funding.

What Obama's re-election means for the military, veterans
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Stars and Stripes, Leo Shane III
Even though Barack Obama has served as commander in chief for the last four years, his recent re-election means significant changes for the military in coming months, especially in terms of defense spending.

White House:

Obama: November is Military Family Month
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Army Times, Karen Jowers
President Barack Obama recently signed a proclamation designating November as Military Family Month and calling on Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service. "In our military families, we see the best our country has to offer," he wrote.

Obama's Pentagon roster uncertain
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The E-Ring, Kevin Baron
If history is any guide, President Barack Obama's recent victory should allow his second-term administration to sink its feet into the cement and go after some contentious national security issues tabled for the election season. Topping the list: the fate of Guantanamo Bay detainees, the pace of the Afghanistan war exit, and the never-ending budget fight with Congressional Republicans over defense spending and sequestration.

Think tank recommends ways to rein in military pay, benefits
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Government Executive, Kellie Lunney
The government must reform military pay and benefits to help the Defense Department rein in spending, according to a new report from a left-leaning think tank.

Congress:

Congress expected to deliver on half of Pentagon's priorities during lame-duck
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The Hill, Carlo Munoz and Jeremy Herb
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will likely get half of what he wants Congress to deliver during the lame-duck session, but a deal to stave off devastating defense cuts under sequestration may not be part of that plan, defense analysts and congressional sources tell The Hill.

Defense Department:

Pentagon arms buyer sees deal by Congress to delay spending cuts
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Reuters, Andrea Shalal-Esa
The Pentagon's top arms buyer recently said he expected U.S. lawmakers to agree in coming weeks to delay implementation of an additional $500 billion in automatic defense spending cuts that are due to start taking effect in January. Undersecretary Frank Kendall said the Defense Department had begun early planning for the process known as sequestration, which would cut the military's budget by an extra $50 billion a year, on top of over $50 billion in annual cuts already on the books.


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President, American Logistics Association


Washington Update


Washington area contractors plan for sequestration delay
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As mandatory federal spending cuts of nearly $1 trillion loom larger, many Washington area government contractors are making bets the cuts will be delayed, and they are holding back on lowering their financial guidance to Wall Street. More

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Odierno outlines combat, budget strategies
Defense News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the U.S. Army and Marine Corps begin to plan for the long, uncertain transition away from wartime force rotations and rapid-equipping strategies, they're casting a wary eye at the platform-hungry Air Force and Navy, which argue that their long-rage capabilities are what's needed for the new emphasis on the Pacific. More



Commissary News


Shelf stocking, custodial and receiving storage holding area
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Furnish all necessary supervision, personnel, equipment and supplies to perform shelf stocking, and custodial operations for the Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Riley Commissary, located at Fort Riley, Kan., in accordance with the Government's Performance Work Statement. The solicitation includes a base period (June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014) and four 1-year option periods. This acquisition is 100 percent total small business set-aside. More

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Linen/mat rental and cleaning services
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Linen/mat rental and cleaning services, various defense commissary locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and Texas. The period of performance will be for a base period of Feb. 1, 2013 through Jan. 31, 2014, and will include four 1-year option periods that may extend performance through Jan. 31, 2018. This request for quotation will be issued on or about Nov. 20, with a tentative closing date of Dec. 20. This acquisition is being issued as unrestricted. More

Military-Industrial Complex: Defense Department contracts for Nov. 5
Huntington News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Poway, Calif., (FA8620-10-G-3038, DO 0052) is being awarded a $125,487,106 contract for 10 MQ-9 modified Block 1 aircraft. The location of the performance is Poway, Calif. Work is expected to be completed by Nov. 28, 2014. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/WIIK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. More

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Shelf stocking, RSHA and custodial services at Lemoore NAS Commissary
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, Lemoore NAS Commissary, located near Lemoore, Calif., in accordance with the government's performance work statement. The solicitation includes a base period (May 1, 2013 through April, 30, 2014) and four 1-year option periods. This acquisition is a 100 percent set-aside for women owned business concerns. More

Military-Industrial Complex: Defense Department contracts for Nov. 2
Huntington News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., (FA8505-12-C-0001, P00002) is being awarded a $3,999,660,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost reimbursable no fee contract modification for Country Standard Time Compliance Technical Order development, CSTCTO integration and testing, fabrication of trial kits to support validation and verification activities. Procurement of 68 F-15s to SA conversion kits and the procurement and installation of four base stand-up kits. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019. The contracting activity is AFLCMC/WWKA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. This is a Foreign Military Sales requirement for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. More

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Pest management services
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pest management services, Mitchel Field Commissary, New York. The period of performance will be for a base period of Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013, and will include four 1-year option periods that may extend performance through Dec. 31, 2017. This request for quotation will be issued on or about Nov. 5, with a tentative closing date of Dec. 6. This acquisition is being issued as a 100 percent small business set-aside. More

Nash Finch closing Cedar Rapids distribution center
KCRG-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefA northeast Cedar Rapids food distribution center that has operated since 1974 will be closing at the end of the year. Nash Finch on recently said customers of the 358,500-square-foot facility at 1201 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE will be "transitioned" to the company's distribution centers in Omaha, Neb., and St. Cloud, Minn. "Combining the volume handled by Cedar Rapids into the other distribution centers will allow for increased efficiency and additional product selection for our Cedar Rapids customers," Nash Finch said in a statement announcing its decision. More

Goya donates food, meals to Sandy victims
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Goya Foods has donated over 300,000 pounds of Goya products and over 25,000 meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. With the aid of City Harvest in New York, The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, The United Way of Hudson County, local elected officials and Goya employees, Goya has already begun to donate products and hot meals to community organizations, shelters and soup kitchens throughout these areas. Product donations include rice, beans, canned meat, hydro health water, coconut water, malta and nectars. More

Sandy aftermath request for assistance
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We have many displaced Coast Guard families along the coastline from northern New Jersey into Connecticut. They're just starting to return to their homes. In some cases (Sandy Hook), they won't be allowed to return to their own homes for weeks. In any case, we're reaching out to some of the major consumable companies to find some help for these folks in the way of household and cleaning supplies. Do you think you could help us pass the word to the ALA folks? I would be the POC. Again, we're looking for help that would go directly to the Coast Guard families impacted by the storm.

Thanks for anything you can do!

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Chief Operating Officer
757-420-2480, ext. 4910


Grocery insight: What is fair trade and how does it make a difference?
The Marlin Democrat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When buying groceries, shoppers have the potential to impact countless people who work behind the scenes producing the foods and beverages that end up in households across America. By choosing fair trade products, consumers help to improve the lives of farmers around the world. More

5 simple rules aid in grocery shopping sanity
The Auburn Plainsman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A healthy diet begins in the shopping cart. Though it can seem like a daunting task for some of us, grocery shopping is a necessary step in beginning or maintaining a healthier diet. Fortunately, grocery shopping has some tricks up its sleeves, and by learning these simple rules, you won't just be a healthier shopper, but a more confident one as well. More

Commissary Announcements


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., November 8, 2012.

PROMOTIONS
DP #2, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #3, WW Promotion Package, Heart Felt Sale (Valentine's Day), Chinese New Year.
2013 Winter Club Pack, Far East & Alaska Quantities.

NOTICES TO TRADE
13-10, Store Reset Dates – Camp Casey.
13-12, Store Reset Dates, Beale AFB.
13-16, Category Review Schedule – 2013.
13-24, Can Vegetable Category Review Live Test Set Date.
13-25, Can Seafood Category Review Live Test Set Date.

MISCELLANEOUS
DeCA Distribution Map, Nov 2012.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-45.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates. CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
April 23, 2013: ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
April 24–26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.



Exchange News


Ban on overseas lithium battery shipping likely to end soon
Stars and Stripes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The ban on shipping electronics with rechargeable lithium batteries overseas through the U.S. Postal Service will likely end soon, but not before the holiday season is over. The International Civil Aviation Organization has approved a new set of 2013 requirements for transporting the batteries that power mobile phones, computers and other popular electronics, according to ICAO and International Air Transport Association documentation. More

A storm-battered supply chain threatens holiday shopping
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The economic effects of Hurricane Sandy are reverberating beyond areas hit by the storm as businesses warn customers of delays, try to get merchandise out of closed ports and face canceled orders. More

Items banned by Postal Service can now be shipped to military members
KCEN-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefItems banned by the Postal Service can once again reach the hands of military members stationed overseas. The Postal Service banned international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries earlier this year. So now the Army and Air Force Exchange Service is saving the day, shipping items via FedEx to 36 exchanges in Afghanistan, Belgium, Germany, Guam, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, The Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey and the United Kingdom. More

US retail sales rose in October
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. retail sales rose in October, although in some cases less than expected. Retailers closed their books on the month before the brunt of Hurricane Sandy slammed the Northeast. While business was "certainly disrupted," the storm "fell between two seasons—fall and holiday—so the overall effect on the quarter likely won't be as bad as some fear," said John Morris, retail analyst at BMO Capital Markets. More

Socialnomics: Transforming the way retailers do business in the new social, mobile and digital world
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The explosion of new social, mobile and digital technologies is profoundly changing how consumers acquire, interpret and act on information. Retailers, as a result, must reinvent how they serve the evolving consumer. Welcome to the world of socialnomics — where consumers and the societies they create online have an extraordinary influence on how businesses operate. More

Big boxes aiming for smaller feel
Green Bay Press Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The 16-year-old Office Depot store in Green Bay, Wis., has been remodeled with a new look and smaller retail floor space, a trend being adopted nationally by a number of large retailers. The new size is designed to be more convenient for customers, the office goods supplier said. As part of its new look, the store features new signs and a new floor plan. Similar renovations are going on in other markets. More

Disaster preparedness: How to properly plan and respond during a disaster
NRF's Loss Prevention Community    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When a disaster hits — whether from natural or man-made causes — the safety of associates on Main Street depends heavily on pre-determined protocols that prepare employees for the best course of action before, during and after an emergency. While each situation is unique, several U.S. Government agencies have developed disaster guides that are essential for businesses to plan for quick and safe ways react to these tragedies. These resources have been complied to help large retailers and small businesses design efficient disaster preparation and response strategies. More

Effective crowd management: Guidelines on how to maintain the safety and security of your customers, employees and store
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NRF's Loss Prevention community has released its 2012 Effective Crowd Management Guidelines to address what retail stores and shopping centers should be prepared for when managing large crowds. In anticipation of what is expected to be one of the busiest holiday shopping season in years — in particular Thanksgiving night and Black Friday weekend — the report can assist retailers in planning advanced measures to protect their stores, customers and employees. More

Home Depot gives $1 million to Sandy relief
Atlanta Business Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Home Depot Foundation will give $1 million to the immediate relief, recovery and long-term rebuilding efforts in the Northeast following Hurricane Sandy. American Red Cross will get $250,000 for immediate disaster relief supplies and activities. More

Storm over, game on: Retailers ready to rip
MarketingDaily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With Sandy outages fading from the headlines as fast as Halloween, the retail industry is loading up for the holidays, pushing the fourth-quarter envelope in every possible direction. More

Will layaway help toys top tech for holidays?
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart, Kmart and Toys R Us are all promoting holiday layaway programs. This tactic, as well as aggressive marketing from electronics brands, could provide a much-needed boost to the struggling consumer-electronics space. More

Retailers relying more on part-time workers
The New York Times via Star Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the vast majority of large U.S. retailers, most employees work part time, with stores changing many of their workers' schedules week to week. More

Exchange Announcements


AAFES Chief Operating Officer Mike Howard awarded ALA Lifetime Achievement Award
The Exchange Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Chief Operating Officer Michael Howard recently won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Logistics Association. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person who has "made outstanding and enduring contributions to the military resale system throughout his or her career," said Bob Ellis, association vice president and retired Exchange senior manager. More



Senior Executive Announcement

I am pleased to announce the following senior executive reassignment. Please help me in congratulating Jack.

Jack Morris, Jack Morris, SVP, Central Region to the newly established position of SVP, Food and Services Directorate effective 1 February 2013.

Congratulations!

Please disseminate to our Exchange family!

Susan I. Simone
Senior Vice President
Human Resources




Command message: Exchange offers holiday layaway services
The Fort Campbell Courier    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A good program just got better as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service's Holiday Layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and stop by customer service to complete the layaway process. More

Navy Exchange Service Command: Retail — Company Profile and SWOT Report
TransWorldNews    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Navy Exchange Service Command: Retail — Company Profile and SWOT Report contains in depth information and data about the company and its operations. The profile contains a company overview, key facts, major products and services, SWOT analysis, business description, company history as well as key employees. More

NEXs are going 'Navy Blue' this holiday season
The Flagship    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NEX's worldwide will be taking a new approach to the holiday shopping season this year. NEX's will offer sales and specials throughout the holiday season beginning in early November instead of starting off the holiday shopping season with a big sale the day after Thanksgiving. Also new this year, deployed sailors will be able to take advantage of holiday specials by shopping online. More

Sandy aftermath request for assistance
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We have many displaced Coast Guard families along the coastline from northern New Jersey into Connecticut. They're just starting to return to their homes. In some cases (Sandy Hook), they won't be allowed to return to their own homes for weeks. In any case, we're reaching out to some of the major consumable companies to find some help for these folks in the way of household and cleaning supplies. Do you think you could help us pass the word to the ALA folks? I would be the POC. Again, we're looking for help that would go directly to the Coast Guard families impacted by the storm.

Thanks for anything you can do!

John Reiley
Chief Operating Officer
757-420-2480, ext. 4910




ALA Exchange E-Blast week 11/9/12

AAFES Chief Operating Officer Mike Howard awarded ALA Lifetime Achievement Award
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The Exchange Post
Chief Operating Officer Michael Howard recently won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Logistics Association. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person who has "made outstanding and enduring contributions to the military resale system throughout his or her career," said Bob Ellis, association vice president and retired Exchange senior manager.

Fisher House briefing and tour (Link)
AAFES personnel and ALA industry members are invited to join AAFES CEO Tom Shull and other senior AAFES leaders when they visit the Fisher House at the North Texas VA Healthcare System in Dallas on Jan. 9, 2013.

If you are interested in joining us please RSVP to JWeiskopf@fisherhouse.org.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013
Where: Dallas, VA Medical Center, 4500 South Lancaster Road Dallas, TX 75216
Time: 0900 - 1100 (light continental breakfast served)

James D. Weiskopf
Vice President, Fisher House Foundation
JWeiskopf@fisherhouse.org
Home: 13125 Willow Edge Court, Clifton, Va., 20124-1080
Office: 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, Md., 20850
Phone: 703-378-5670
Mobile: 202-607-1067

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Air Force Charity Ball April 2013 (Link)

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AAFES Press release Archive 2010-2012

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Product recalls and alerts (Exchange)

Save the dates:

Dec. 6, 2012 — Southwest Chapter Holiday Event (Click link for more info.)

March 6-8, 2013 — All Exchange Round Table, Grand Hyatt, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013 — 66th Annual Convention, Hyatt New Orleans, New Orleans, La.

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Washington Update


Could your credit card kill you?
CreditCards.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Did you ever fleetingly rest your credit card between your lips during checkout because your hands were full or the children were acting up? After reading this, you'll never do that again. More

Fort Rucker kicks off Military Family Appreciation Month
The Southeast Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To support the many contributions the military family provides for the American soldier, Fort Rucker kicked off its Military Family Appreciation Month, Nov. 3, on the Festival Fields. Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence Commanding General, welcomed everyone to the "Salute to Military Families" ceremony. Mangum said this year's theme, "Army families strong, caring and resilient" embodies exactly what military families are. More

IMCOM-E director honors longtime Germany employees
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Michele Vanella started working for U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, coal heated the homes in Crestview Housing. That was more than 40 years ago, and he would work another 40 if he could, Vanella said shortly after a ceremony honoring garrison employees for the length of service they have worked for the U.S. government Oct. 26. "I love my job," said Vanella, who is a boiler plant supervisor for the Directorate of Public Works Operation and Maintenance Division. "The families are so nice." More
 


 



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