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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

New ALA Board of Directors:
The American Logistics Association announced its new Board of Directors at the National Convention held in Washington DC. The Board Officers and Directors are as follows:

OFFICERS

Joseph Campagna (16) - Chair
Director - Military Sales
Kellogg Sales Company

Rick Page (16) - Vice Chair
Senior Vice President, Customer Service
Coastal Pacific Food Dist.

Carla Williams (16) - Secretary
Beauty Care Acct. Executive
Procter & Gamble

Leah Gardner (17) - Treasurer
Customer Vice President
Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

Ed Brunot (15) - Chair Emeritus
President & COO - MDV
MDV Nash Finch


DIRECTORS

Joe Mugnai (15)
President/Publisher
Family and Salute Magazines

Marcia Doyle (17)
National Sales Lead, Retail
Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.

Kurt Hall (17)
Team Leader -Military
Unilever

Jim Gordon (15)
CEO
GET Marketing
West Chapter Rep

Don Paddock (15)
President, Commissary Division
Dixon Marketing, Inc.

Keith Eubank (16)
Customer Business Manager
Tyson Foods, Inc.
East Chapter Rep

Edward Eng (15)
Senior Vice President
Acosta Sales and Marketing

Mike Skinner (15)
Executive Vice President
Eurpac Service, Inc.


Bios can be accessed through the ALA website by clicking on the Board member's name. Bios on our newest Board members will be added in the near future.




Chairman McCain: Industry girds for a 'maverick' armed services panel
Defense News
"He's coming for all of us," said the serious voice on the other end of a late-afternoon call. That was the assessment of one lobbyist when asked about the scariest thing to the defense sector since sequestration: Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman Sen. John McCain.
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McCain and McCaskill at SASC: A McNightmare scenario for Pentagon?
Breaking Defense
Every election sets off a round of musical chairs on Capitol Hill. This year's GOP sweep will shake up the Senate in particular, and there's one plausible scenario that should make the Pentagon and contractors especially nervous, because it would put two champion attack dogs of oversight at the helm of the Senate Armed Services Committee: John McCain and Claire McCaskill.
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Budget battle begins as Obama requests additional war funds
National Defense
The Obama administration and the lame duck Congress will be testing the waters of compromise as the president seeks rapid approval of additional war funds and a new authorization to continue the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State.
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McCain to target 'fiscal irresponsibility,' mulls SASC subcommittee shake-up
Defense News
The incoming chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee wants to crack down on over-priced weapon programs and shake up SASC's subpanels.
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Issue tracker: Lame duck preview
Defense News
Both chambers return this week for a wrap-up session that will end in late-December. Here are a few things to expect during the 113th Congress' swan song.
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Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association




WASHINGTON UPDATE


Marine Corps marks its founding in Philly in 1775
Philadelphia Inquirer
Tradition holds that the corps' birthplace was the Tun Tavern, then located at Water Street and Tun Alley, where the first marines enlisted.
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White House withdraws Navy nominee
Defense News
After languishing more than a year in political purgatory, the name of Jo Ann Rooney has been quietly withdrawn to become under secretary of the U.S. Navy.
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White House details new $5.6B war request, billions for O&M
Defense News
The White House's new $5.6 billion request for additional funding to fight the military advances of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria contains specific provisions that begin to detail the scope of the missions launched so far and how expensive it will be to station US ground troops in Iraq in the coming months.
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Experts optimistic Republican-led Congress will benefit Army
Army Times
The new Republican-controlled Congress could mean some relief for the Army as it struggles to balance shrinking budgets with increasing demands for soldiers around the world, experts say.
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Robert McDonald: Cleaning up the VA
CBS News' 60 Minutes
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs tells Scott Pelley about his personal mission to reorganize the troubled agency for his fellow vets.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Specific information on upcoming ALA events is posted regularly on the ALA website. To learn more about each event, please click the following links:

Date Event
Dec. 3 Rocky Mountain Chapter 2014 Holiday Meeting
Dec. 4 NY Chapter Holiday Luncheon
Dec. 12 2014 DFW Chapter Holiday Meeting
Dec. 17 Northern California Chapter Holiday 2014
March 17-18, 2015 2015 ALA Exchange Impact Workshop
April 30 - May 1, 2015 2015 Commissary Roundtable
Oct. 26-28, 2015 68th Annual Convention


COALITION UPDATE


New military retirement system might be popular, study says
Military Times
A proposal that would transform the military retirement system by promising smaller monthly checks but also giving troops a lump sum "transition pay" immediately upon retirement could turn out to be very popular among most service members, according to a new study.
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Mission Family: Limits on nonprofit groups designed to protect military families
Military Times
There has been a lot of discussion over the last few years about how budget cuts will affect military families. At the same time, officials have talked about working more with private organizations to help meet families' needs. The Defense Department can’t do it all — and nonprofits agree. But as the need continues to grow, so too have concerns about the difficulties that nonprofits are having getting access to installations and to military families to provide the help that is their mission.
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1 in 6 Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans might have PTSD
National Journal
More than one in six soldiers who served in the country's most recent wars may have post-traumatic stress disorder. That's the finding of the National Health Study for a New Generation of U.S. Veterans, according to the Veterans Health Administration, which recently sent out an update on the study.
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House to revisit Hire More Heroes Act
The Hill
The House plans to vote early next year on the Hire More Heroes Act, which incentivizes businesses to hire more veterans by excluding them from the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The House passed a similar bill earlier this year.
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From Army to Congress, a tough mission
Politico
Representative Tammy Duckworth's (D-Ill.) experiences help explain why military veterans, who bring a unique set of values to politics — selflessness, a sense of mission — often experience a culture shock when they arrive in the Capitol.
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Concert for Valor: Massive show shines spotlight on veterans' issues
Stars and Stripes
Thousands of troops and veterans gathered in the capital Tuesday night for a mega-concert in honor of Veterans Day, with service members and performers sharing the same message: The spirit of the Concert for Valor must endure long after the music fades away.
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COMMISSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website between 10 a.m., Nov. 6 and 10 a.m., Nov. 13:

PROMOTIONS:
2015 Passover Promotion Package
2014 Anti Bacterial Additional Offers
Fall Club Pack, Update #1
DP #2, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities

NOTICES TO TRADE (NTT)
None Received

MISCELLANEOUS:
Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 14-46
CRV Values, Nov. 9



FEDERAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES


Warehouse Management Solution
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is seeking sources for a Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) Warehouse Management Solution.
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Stand-Beside WIC EBT Systems for the Wright-Patterson AFB Commissary
This requirement is for 3 WIC EBT systems for the Wright-Patterson AFB Commissary. This requirement is being solicitated as a 100 percent small business set-aside. In order to participate in this requirement offerors must not only be small businesses but must also be approved and certified to provide WIC EBt equipment and maintenance in the state of Ohio.
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COMMISSARY NEWS


Pork drives profits for Smithfield
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Smithfield Foods Inc. reported sharply higher third-quarter profit as strong sales of bacon and other pork products offset some of the highest raw pork costs the industry has faced. Demand for pork products remained strong for Smithfield, despite tighter U.S. hog supplies stemming from a deadly swine virus that has roiled the industry.
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Report: Shoppers seek either specialty items or value
Business Insider
Whole Foods is expanding and expects sales to increase by 9 percent next year. The company's shares soared on the news that it is planning to build more stores and update its loyalty program and mobile app. Whole Foods has 401 locations right now and will expand to more than 500 by 2017. The company is also launching online ordering and delivery.
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Bold flavors, snack sizes to carry cheese industry into 2015
DairyFoods.com
Bold flavors, nutrition labels and snacking occasions are among the watchwords in the cheese industry as 2014 blends into 2015. Cheesemakers are adding spicy peppers, herbs and fruits to their offerings in order to attract younger consumers to the category. Snack-size packages offer convenience for households.
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Cargill targets new growth opportunities
Forbes
If David MacLennan were CEO of any company but Cargill, he'd be in trouble right now. Yet when MacLennan, leans forward on a conference table at Cargill's headquarters, he's not justifying his existence but laying out opportunities, which include a new $100 million cocoa plant in Indonesia, a $91 million livestock feed factory in Korea and a dairy feed mill in India, the doubling of a food innovation hub near headquarters and the $10 million facelift of its European equivalent.
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5 dishes that are ruling foodies in 2014
By Archita Datta Majumdar
So far, 2014 has been a year of contrasts. It would be difficult to term the food trend as healthy or not-so-healthy, as surveys conducted recently show an array of results. As we approach the holiday season — a time for calories and sugar highs — let's do a quick recap of what’s been cooking so far. Speaking of sugar high, it seems the cupcake and pretzel overload of 2013 is going to take a back seat to innovative ice cream and chocolate concoctions. Studies conducted by the National Restaurant Association show some interesting food habits indeed.
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Beyond Greek yogurt: Chobani to launch food incubator
Fox News
Greek yogurt giant Chobani announced plans Tuesday to open a "first-of-its-kind" food incubator in New York City. Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani, announced that the program will invest in, advise and scale entrepreneurial food initiatives that follow along brand guidelines of being delicious, nutritious, affordable and natural.
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Whole Foods faces growing rivalry in its organic niche
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)
The organic grocery business is expected to explode as Americans become increasingly focused on healthy diets and fresh ingredients. And that's both good and bad news for Whole Foods Market, which has long reigned as the nation's largest organic grocery chain. Whole Foods is also facing more competition than ever from the likes of Sprouts and Fresh Market and major retailers such as Kroger and Wal-Mart that are taking note of the category's big growth opportunities.
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Wal-Mart looks to offer organic food at nonorganic prices
Bloomberg Businessweek
Buoyed by the improving economy and Americans' belief that they can eat themselves healthy, sales of organic food are booming again. The growth in sales of organic products in the U.S., food and nonfood, had slowed to 4.6 percent in 2009 but has since rebounded. Sales rose 11.5 percent in 2013, to $35 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association.
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Survey: Print beats digital for circulars, coupons
eMarketer
Traditional marketing methods continue to have a strong influence over deal-seeking supermarket shoppers. According to The Retail Feedback Group's July 2014 online survey of 1,200 adult shoppers who visited a conventional supermarket within the last 30 days, coupons delivered via print remain a popular go-to when it comes to saving money on groceries.
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Corporate responsibility programs may create a 'health halo'
Food Navigator
Consumers underestimate calorie counts for, and consume more of, foods from companies with positive corporate responsibility programs, say researchers.
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EXCHANGE NEWS


Executive promotions and assignments
ALA
On behalf of the Director/CEO, please join me in congratulating these deserving associates.
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From The Exchange CEO — LG staff executive announcement

Senior Executives:

Based on AT Kearney’s recent assessment along with the strategic focus on our supply chain, I have recommended and the Exchange Board of Directors has approved the establishment of a new NF-6 position, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Transportation.

The SVP Supply Chain Transportation will lead and oversee the global supply chain strategy and create efficiencies to enhance the customer experience by increasing product availability and timeliness in the delivery of merchandise. This position will play a vital role in implementing and managing the recommendations by AT Kearney, resulting in savings of $20-60M annually. Consistent with industry best practices, elevating to the NF-6 level establishes the strategic nature and responsibility of this position. It further aligns the Exchange with having a dedicated senior leader to oversee the supply chain and provide a more comprehensive approach across the organization. This position will report to EVP, CLO mirroring the structure in FA and MD.

Soon we will begin the process of filling this new position. Once a selection is made, I will share it with you.

All the best,
Tom

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Dockworkers shut down SSA terminal in Oakland
JOC
The tinderbox that is West Coast ports caught fire again when members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union shut down the SSA Marine terminal at the Port of Oakland.
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A tale of 2 holiday seasons
NBC News
NRF and other groups call for healthy holiday sales growth this season, but much of that growth is expected to come from increased spending by wealthy consumers, as lower-income families scrimp, save and seek out deep discounts. Wage growth hasn't kept pace with rising food and clothing costs, and families with incomes between $35,000 and $50,000 seem to be struggling the most, according to an Accenture survey.
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Retailers shoring up supply chains to avoid last year's holiday mess
By Piyush Bakshi
As the holiday season approaches, retailers are working diligently to get right the crucial elements of logistics and supply chain so that customer expectations of timely delivery and customer service are met. Why so much extra effort? They are hoping to avoid the logistical nightmare that unfolded last December at UPS and FedEx and affected millions of shoppers and online sellers. Here are some interesting facts and figures from the National Retail Federation on how online retailers are gearing up for the big annual opportunity.
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Under Armour CEO sees retail and tech intertwined
Bloomberg Businessweek
Retailers need a brick-and-mortar presence to give customers a place to see and touch the goods, but physical stores are just one part of the increasingly omnichannel retail scene, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said. He also sounded off on the future of wearable technology, social media's role in product development and the rise of tech job opportunities in the retail arena.
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How the health wave will shape the future of retail
National Retail Federation
Staying healthy is becoming a primary driver of shopping decisions, creating a profound impact on the retail industry. At Retail's BIG Show in January, executives from Protein Bar, REI and The Futures Company will discuss the context around shopping decisions made with health in mind.
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How Ethan Allen has retooled for post-recession growth
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)
Furniture maker and retailer Ethan Allen Interiors survived the recession and the rise of low-cost imports that put others out of business. Changes including speedier delivery, smaller stores, international expansion and more mainstream, modern styles are keeping the company on the right path, Ethan Allen CEO Farooq Kathwari said.
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Rite Aid, Walgreens won't kick the tobacco habit yet
Bloomberg
CVS Health reported a 9.7 percent jump in third-quarter revenue, boosted by a 16% rise in its pharmacy services unit that more than made up for the retailer's decision to drop tobacco products. Rivals Walgreens and Rite Aid, which don't have pharmacy benefit management divisions, say they will continue selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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Online sales tax bill could get new life with old Congress
The Hill
NRF and other industry groups will take to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act before the new Congress takes over in January. The bill, which passed the Senate last year but has been stalled in the House, would let states require online sellers to collect sales tax along with local stores.
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Outlook for most retail issues improves as Republicans take Senate
National Retail Federation
Republicans won control of the Senate and strengthened their majority in the House in hotly contested midterm elections on Tuesday. Among the Senate winners was former NRF Board member David Perdue, a Georgia Republican and former CEO of Dollar General. Control of the Senate could determine the fate of a number of key retail issues, including health care reform fixes, online sales tax collection and credit card data security.
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5 startups that didn't exist 5 years ago
National Retail Federation
Retail and technology companies are changing how we discover new products, communicate with each other and pay for purchases. Startups like Pinterest, Birchbox, Instagram, Warby Parker and Zulily didn't exist five years ago, but have already made an enormous impact on the retail industry. That's why Shop.org is looking for the next big thing in digital commerce.
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Retailers get mixed messages from holiday shoppers
The Dallas Morning News
Retailers learned lessons during last year's holiday season that helped them prepare for this year, and so far no storms are predicted to blow spending off course. That said, predictions for holiday spending growth vary from 2.5 percent to 4.5 percent — NRF is calling for a 4.1 percent increase — amid mixed signals from consumers.
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Dock workers stage a slowdown at Northwest ports
Bloomberg
Members of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., have staged a work slowdown amid contract negotiations that began in May. The 20,000 workers, whose contract expired in July, handle about 16 percent of the cargo on the West Coast, the Pacific Maritime Association said. A port strike during the holidays could cost the U.S. more than $2 billion per day, according to NRF and the National Association of Manufacturers.
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Macy's flagship reorganizes with big spenders in mind
The New York Times (tiered subscription model)
Macy's Herald Square flagship in New York City is beginning to move away from its strategy of catering to every budget with a four-year, $400 million makeover that's meant to boost its appeal among higher paying customers, especially foreign tourists. The reorganization is part of a "My Macy's" effort, under which all of the 789 stores in the U.S. will become more tailored to local needs.
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C-STORE NEWS


Tobacco Update featuring Nik Modi and Joe Teller
CSPNetwork
Not even a year ago, we talked about the surge of electronic cigarettes. It's amazing what can change in less than 12 months. Sales of e-cigs have flattened, seemingly replaced by the rapidly expanding world of e-vapors. The FDA has issued its deeming regulations on the other tobacco product segment, including cigars and e-products. Put simply, the tobacco world is in flux. And to help you sort through the complexity, CSPNetwork has invited RBC Capital Markets|Equity Research tobacco analyst Nik Modi and Swedish Match Category Management Director Joe Teller to break down the latest news and offer their perspective about what to expect in 2015 in this Dec. 10 webcast.
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Getty getting into 're-position'
CSP
Getty Realty is continuing a process of disposing of assets that do not meet the long-term growth criteria of its core portfolio.
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What Altria's Nu Mark says about vaping
CSP
Altria's vaping subsidiary, Nu Mark, has emerged from a concept to a key player in the rapidly transforming landscape of electronic cigarettes and the broader vaping category.
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Beverages without borders
CSP
For the next big beverage trends, look to the global marketplace.
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Are consumers ready for diesel?
CSP
While auto sales forecasts support a bright future and consumer views of diesel fuel are improving, consumers ultimately will be the group deciding the fate of the diesel market, and their focus will be on economics more than any other issue.
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Pilot Flying J packages its Pilot House coffee
CSP
Building on the success of what it calls the "Best Coffee on the Interstate," Pilot Flying J is entering a new market this fall with the introduction of take-home bags and single-serve packs of its best-selling Pilot House coffee blend.
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Acosta acquires Howard & Associates
CSP
Acosta Sales & Marketing has announced the acquisition of Howard & Associates in Carrollton, Texas. The integration of Howard & Associates with Acosta's rapidly growing Foodservice division will expand Acosta Cornerstone's nonfoods coverage in the Central region.
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MWR NEWS


Air Force News — Nov. 7
Aerotech News and Review

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Army Sustainment helps fight Ebola
The Fort Campbell Courier
The U.S. Army Sustainment Command is providing direct support to Operation United Assistance to combat Ebola in West Africa. The ASC's Army Prepositioned Stocks program was tasked to assist in Operation United Assistance to provide 25 Force Provider Modules from assets stored in Livorno, Italy.
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TDIndustries awarded energy monitoring contract for AAFES
ACHR News
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, or AAFES, has awarded a contract to TDIndustries for the implementation of a pilot program to monitor and report on electricity use in AAFES stores in the United States and abroad. The AAFES operates convenience and big box stores on Army and Air Force military bases worldwide.
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Camp Zama hosts "Employee Appreciation Day"
United States Army
The U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward) and U.S. Army Garrison Japan hosted their inaugural "Employee Appreciation Day," Oct. 9 at Yano Field, on the Camp Zama installation. Employees from the Camp Zama, Sagami General Depot, Yokohoma North Dock and Sagamihara Family Housing Area closed their offices for day-to-day functions to spend a day of comradery with their fellow colleagues, said Col. Joy Curriera, the commander of USAG-J.
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