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UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY MESSAGE — NOVEMBER 10, 2010
Changes on the Horizon:
Portrait of a cash-strapped military
Money has become so tight at the Pentagon that the nation's top military officer has decided he doesn't need a formal oil portrait, costing tens of thousands of dollars, to commemorate his tenure. Instead, Admiral Mike Mullen is going to basically photocopy the portrait already done of him in his prior job as chief of naval operations. Then he's going to leave that fake with the Navy, and take the original oil to hang in the Pentagon's E-ring alongside those of his 16 predecessors as chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. More
2012 DoD budget should exceed one-fifth of desired savings
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DoD's 2012 budget is shaping up to include more than its share of the Pentagon's five-year savings goal, said Brett Lambert, Pentagon industrial affairs chief. The spending plan won't be final until next year, but it looks to include "more than one-fifth of the $102 billion" that Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to shift from various inefficiencies to weapons procurement, Lambert said during a Nov. 9 conference. More
DoD Adviser: Another $20 billion in savings needed
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Due to rising personnel costs and other pressures, the U.S. Defense Department will need to find $20 billion more in savings to "get the same effect" intended by Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiencies effort, a top DoD adviser says. "Due to the recent decision of the DoD actuaries raising accruals to keep pace with increasing retirement costs of military personnel, the Defense Department will need to find $20 billion more in savings" to achieve the Pentagon's cost-cutting objectives, said Michael Bayer, chairman of the Defense Business Board (DBB). More
Pentagon needs rationale for hiring civilian leaders, GAO says
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With budgetary pressures affecting defense for the first time in more than a decade, the Defense Department is inadequately documenting to Congress its need to boost hiring of senior civilian leaders, the Government Accountability Office asserted in a Nov. 4 report. In reviews of its civilian leadership workforces in such places as the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, auditors said, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness should better document its analysis to support the Pentagon's requirements for Senior Executive Service employees, and senior management and technical staff. More
Divided 112th Congress likely to struggle with budget and spending process
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With the Republicans set to take the majority in the House next year, the recent election left a dark cloud over the budget and appropriations process for next year, according to budget experts. Even if the Republican-led House and the Democratic Senate both manage to pass budget proposals next year, they would have a hard time agreeing on a single blueprint. But Bill Hoagland, who was policy advisor and top budget aide to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, held out hope that common ground could be reached after the President Obama's deficit commission weighs in December 1 More
Elections bring new voices to military debates
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The House Armed Services Committee has been ground zero in the fight over whether to close Joint Forces Command, headquartered in Norfolk, Va. It has been a forum to ask pointed questions about the Navy's plan to move an aircraft carrier from Norfolk to Florida. Both stories have rattled nerves in Hampton Roads, where thousands of jobs ride on the outcomes. More
Wal-Mart commits $10 million for veterans
Supermarket News Share
Wal-Mart Stores here said it will join with the Walmart Foundation in committing $10 million over the next five years to support job readiness and training of returning servicemen and servicewomen. According to Wal-Mart, the funding will allow it to further support nonprofit groups that assist veterans to pursue higher education and enable them to re-integrate into civilian life more easily. More
Economy, pricing top grocers' concerns
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Supermarket sales grew a meager 0.12 percent in 2009, and same-store sales decreased 0.82 percent, illustrating the complex and challenging marketplace in which food retailers operate every day, according to 2010 Food Retailing Industry Speaks: Annual State of the Industry Review released by the Food Marketing Institute. When adjusted for inflation, the industry lost ground for the second year in a row. "Shoppers' overwhelming focus on price and value has led to fierce price competition among food retailers," said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO. "As a result, supermarkets are focused on trying to distinguish themselves from the competition by fine tuning their private label strategies, SKU reduction and price differentiation in order to retain their current customers and attract new ones." More
Arkansas governor proposes half-cent cut for grocery tax
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Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is asking lawmakers to cut another half cent from the state's sales tax on groceries in a tight budget that doesn't call for any other tax cuts or increases, a spokesman said recently. The cut will cost about $20.8 million, the state Department of Finance and Administration said. "This is a very tight budget, but the governor felt that the state economy is recovering to the point that we can resume our pursuit of the continued elimination of the sales tax on groceries," spokesman Matt DeCample said. More
Grocery strike could disrupt holiday shopping
Events like the Seattle Career Fair are proof that there are jobs out there, but there are also plenty of people looking for those jobs. "It's been pretty difficult in the sense that I feel like a lot of people are in the same kind-of boat," said job hunter Megan Allen. If workers at Safeway, QFC, Albertson's and Fred Meyer choose to strike, those stores could have more openings, at least in the short-term. The economy today is quite different than it was in 1989 when the last grocery workers strike occurred. That strike lasted nearly three months. More
Wine Master Cellars expands into grocery industry
Wine Master Cellars, creators of the VintageView® revolutionary label-forward wine storage system and the fastest growing metal modular system in the U.S., recently announced it is expanding into the grocery channel to meet product demand. "The VintageView racks have been a great addition to our stores," said Hugh Duncan, Director of Beverage and DSD Sales at Times Supermarket in Honolulu, Hawaii. "Because of the upscale look of the racks, it has enhanced the overall appearance of the store. The wines are more visible and our sales have increased due to more customers being attracted to the 'wine shop' feel of our wine departments." More
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IANA says traffic surge points to big holiday volume
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This year's unexpectedly strong peak season for intermodal traffic suggests that shippers are getting ready for lots of packages under the Christmas tree, according to the Intermodal Association of North America. Volume across the intermodal network in late summer and early fall "exceeded all expectations," IANA said in its latest quarterly report. Much of the 20 percent third-quarter gain from the 2009 period was powered by import-dominated international shipments. IANA said the "boom in imports, in particular, suggests that retailers are expecting strong volume sales during the upcoming holiday season." More
Supermarket News Share
The changes occurring in consumers' approach to health and wellness are subtle yet significant for grocery retailers attempting to brand themselves as a whole health resource. The majority are aware there is a direct correlation in health and the foods they eat — what they put into their bodies — as well as what they put on their bodies and what's in the surrounding environment. More
Rising grain costs show folly of continuing federal ethanol subsidies
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One of the most politically charged decisions the lame-duck Congress will face when it reconvenes is deciding whether to extend subsidies for corn-based ethanol. As rising prices for grain set off alarms among ranchers, consumers and environmentalists, ethanol lobbyists are counting on their generous contributions to key legislators to protect their reserved seats at the governmental feed trough. Several key subsidies — including high tariffs on imports of foreign ethanol and tax credits for ethanol blended into gasoline — are set to expire at the end of December. More
7-Eleven C-stores chosen for PaymentVision, PayNearMe and Cardtronics Inc.'s newest programs
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More than 6,000 7-Eleven convenience stores nationwide will offer PaymentVision and PayNearMe to make paying for remote transactions with cash easier for consumers who depend on or prefer to pay with cash for goods and services like their utilities, loans or groceries, the vendor reported. With PaymentVision's universal ACH and credit card gateway incorporating PayNearMe's cash-payment technology, and the ubiquity of 7-Eleven's nationwide, billers, financial institutions, commercial customers and municipalities can better accommodate cash customers, according to PaymentVision. More
Microwave popcorn, tasty yet toxic, experts say
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Movie night? Nix the microwave popcorn, scientists say. In a new study published recently, Canadian researchers have found that industrial chemicals used to line junk food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are contaminating the food inside. University of Toronto researchers discovered that perfluorinated carboxylic acids or PFCAs, breakdown products of chemicals used to make some food packaging, can leach into food, and eventually show up in the blood of humans. More
Dec. 15, 2010
12 noon to 3 p.m., EST
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Featuring two special guest speakers:
Remit $40 to Hampton Roads ALA. (Admission is $25 for Resale.)
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All sponsor proceeds will be divided equally with one-third going to NEREA, one-third to AREA, and one-third to the HRALA Scholarship Funds.
NEX Atsugi holds grand reopening
After 18 months of construction in six phases, NEX Atsugi will hold its grand opening celebration on Nov. 19. Customers will find a newly expanded and remodeled NEX that now houses more merchandise in one location.
"Being forward deployed brings many challenges and sacrifices for our Sailors and their families," said Capt. Eric W. Gardner, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Facility Atsugi. "The NEX is more than just 'a place to shop.' It is a community center, a safe and familiar gathering place, a taste of home. The new store will only enhance what NEX Atsugi has brought and will continue to bring to our community. I am proud that our NEX can honor our Sailors and their families with the best that the Navy Exchange System has to offer — best brands, best prices and best service."
The new NEX boasts a total of 33,000 sq. ft. and consolidates many departments that were originally housed in outlying locations. The main NEX now carries house wares, small appliances, domestics, infant care, health and beauty products, books, magazines, greeting cards and Japanese giftware.
In addition to building the 14,000 sq. ft. expansion, the existing NEX was entirely remo-deled including new fixtures, paint, carpeting and lighting. Customers can still find fine jewelry, watches, sunglasses, fragrance, prestige cosmetics, handbags, clothing and shoes for the entire family, electronics, and pre-recorded DVDs and music in the main NEX.
"The NEX Atsugi Main Store project has been challenging, but much anticipated by everyone on the base," said Laura Collier, general manager, NEX Atsugi. "The dedication and determination of the NEX associates during this process cannot be measured and I am so proud of their efforts. In addition, the community support throughout the 18 months of construction and inconvenience has been tremendous. I have no doubt the new store will exceed all their expectations."
Other improvements to the NEX include a new parking lot with solar lighting, exterior seating and tables on the patio and improved associate break rooms and locker rooms.
The NEX expansion and remodeling project was a coordinated by the Navy Exchange Service Command, Naval Facilities Command and Obayashi Corporation.
Budweiser joins service organizations in thanking the men and women of the armed forces on Veteran's day
Brewer partners with USO, VFW and American Legion to host veterans at NFL, NBA and NHL games
In celebration of Veterans Day, Budweiser is joining the USO, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion to host military veterans at NFL, NBA and NHL games from Oct. 31 to Nov. 15. Budweiser is donating tickets to the USO, VFW and American Legion to distribute to local veterans.
"The game tickets are a small gesture of thanks from Budweiser to veterans across the country for their courage, sacrifice and commitment to our nation," said Dave Peacock, president, Anheuser-Busch. "Since World War I, more than 5,500 Anheuser-Busch employees have served in the military. This promotion is not only a salute the millions of veterans across the country, but also to the many veterans currently working at Anheuser-Busch."
Veterans are being provided tickets to home games of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins. Tickets will also being distributed for home games of the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, as well as the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Hornets.
In addition to the tickets, teams will be honoring veterans with special public address announcements, pre and post game ceremonies and "thank you" messages on scoreboards and video screens.
"Whether it is lending resources or raising funds for veterans and dependents of military families, Budweiser has never wavered in its commitment to support the men and women of our nation's military and their families," said Sloan Gibson, USO presi-dent and CEO. "The Veterans Day ticket giveaway is just one example of the many efforts Budweiser makes year-round to support and recognize the efforts made by America's heroes and their families."
As an additional tribute to the men and women of the armed forces, Budweiser's float in the upcoming 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade will be named "Proud to Serve Those Who Serve." Riding on the float will be representatives of the American Legion, Disabled Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, USO and VFW. Budweiser is also selecting five Anheuser-Busch employees who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Marines to ride on the float. The float will be pulled by the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, whose appearance is always one of the most eagerly anticipated entries in the parade. Budweiser is also giving one lucky adult consumer (and three guests) a chance to ride the float through its "Celebration of Freedom" sweepstakes that runs through Nov. 30.
The prize includes a four-day, three-night stay for four, along with tickets to the Rose Bowl Game. Consumers can enter by texting "PARADE" to shortcode BEERS (23377) or visiting www.budweiser.com/parade.
About the USO
Special USO programs include Operation USO Care Package, USO Operation Phone Home®, Operation Enduring Care, the Mobile USO program, Operation Mail Call, Gifts from the Homefront, USO CarePages, and participation in the United Through Read-ing® Military Program. As America's military has become more expeditionary, so too has the USO, now using such programs as the 'USO in a Box' and 'USO To Go' to deliver morale-boosting services to the troops wherever they serve. As a nonprofit organi-zation, the USO relies on the generosity of the American public to support its vital work. To donate to the USO, visit www.uso.org/donate.
About the VFW
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans' service organization composed of combat veterans and those who currently serve on active duty or in the Guard and Reserves. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation's largest organization of war veterans and is one of its oldest veterans' organizations. With 2.1 million members located in 7,900 VFW Posts worldwide, the VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans service, legislative initiatives, youth scholarships, Buddy Poppy and national military service programs. Annually, the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 13 million hours of community service to the nation. For more information or to join, visit the organization's Web site at www.vfw.org.
About the American Legion The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. For more information, visit www.legion.org.
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 48.9 percent share of U.S. beer sales to retailers. The company brews the world's largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer. Anheuser-Busch is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
Horseback riding program now provides certified therapy for wounded warriors
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A child with a severe cognitive disability suddenly giggles sitting atop a horse. A teen smiles broadly discovering he can control a 900-pound animal, though his legs were amputated. A spouse whose husband is deployed enjoys the backwoods trails on horseback. Riding horses has been used as a viable supplement to traditional therapy for physical disabilities, mental and behavioral challenges, including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse for years according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More
More global companies pledge hiring of Army spouses
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"Army spouses are probably the most diverse in the world, with a variety of educational and professional backgrounds," ASEP Program Manager Dr. Lillie Cannon said. "Widely recognized for their strong work ethic, professionalism and corporate loyalty, Army spouses, who relocate with their military sponsors, prove advantageous in an increasingly mobile corporate environment," Cannon said. More
Army family - Team building family
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The idea-sharing AFTB forum is coming on Army OneSource! To find the forum go to www.armyonesource.com and click on the link for Army OneSource. When the new page opens, click on the forums at the bottom of the page. We look forward to seeing you there! More
FMWRC all Army sports
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All Army Sports directly supports the readiness and well-being of Soldiers. Participants may be selected to represent the Army in Armed Forces Sports Championships, National and International competitions. The All Army Sports Program is designed to allow Soldiers to fulfill individual potential and rise to the highest possible level of performance. Soldier-Athletes must be Soldiers first, and outstanding athletes second. The All Army Sports Program is a crucible where athletic performance, military bearing and the human spirit of competition are realized. More
Army Secretary and Chief of Staff reassure Soldiers, families
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The Army's top military officer said recently that there was no unit more capable of ensuring a successful U.S. withdrawal from Iraq than the Fort Bragg-based XVIII Airborne Corps. General George W. Casey, Jr., chief of staff of the Army, who traveled with Army Secretary John M. McHugh, visited the Fort Bragg community, making the post the center of the Army for a few hours. The service's top civilian leader and military officer arrived at the post just hours after one of its other senior leaders, Forces Command commander Gen. James D. Thurman departed. More
Survivor Outreach Services enter new era with first-ever AFAP issue development summit
U.S. Army MWR Share
Survivor Outreach Services met for their third annual summit at L'Enfant Plaza on Monday, Oct. 25. "Caring for our survivors is one of the most honorable things anyone can do," said Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Commander Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones. "We're so proud to build a program that aids in healing as the survivor honors their fallen Soldier." This year marks the first time SOS surviving Family members worked on Army Family Action Plan issue development. More
FMWRC partners with corporate America to assist soldiers and families
U.S. Army MWR Share
Recently, Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones, FMWRC commander, was asked by Col. Liana L. Bratland, director of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, if it were possible to have 2,200 calling cards sent to the troops. "How many are you talking about?" Jones wrote back. "We use 2,200 300-minute cards every six months for a camp population of 5,000. Of course, the more cards the merrier, as we sometimes have to ration when supply is low. For our Soldiers, talking to Family is a big morale booster here." Bratland wrote to Maj. Gen. Jones. More
Army talent will shine bright at Operation Rising Star
U.S. Army MWR Share
The ten professional entertainers who are judging this year's Operation Rising Star will have their combat boots and cowboy hats knocked off when the 12 Army semi-finalists hit the Wallace Theatre's stage at Fort Belvoir on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. Discovering who their judges are will be just as exciting for the contestants from Kosovo, Korea, Hawaii, Germany and across the U.S., from N.C. to Calif. More
November is Military Family Appreciation Month
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November marks the return of Military Family Appreciation Month. Throughout November, the Army, the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the Families of the nation's servicemembers. More Soldiers have Families today than in any time history. According to the latest report by the Office of Army Demographics, 58 percent of Soldiers are married, and another 6.7 percent are single with children. The Army counted more than 850,000 Family members. These Families, already used to a life of deployment and separation, are seeing the effects of more than nine years of persistent conflict. More