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The passing of a friend:

In memory of Ollie Burton Bates, III
July 2, 1940 — Nov. 9, 2012
Capt. Ollie Burton Bates, III U.S.N.R. (ret.) passed away Nov. 9, 2012, at a local hospital. Originally from St. Albans, W.V., he was a graduate of West Virginia University and a longtime resident of Virginia Beach. He was employed by Mid-Valley Products and was a former chair of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee and an active member of the Hampton Roads American Logistics Association, St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Larkspur Civic League and Vets House board of directors. He gave generously of his time to many charities, volunteer organizations, friends and family.

A beloved husband and father, he is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Judy Awtrey Bates; daughter, Stefanie Eye and her husband Tim; daughter, Heather Lewis and husband Neal; and five grandchildren: David, Jacob and Grace Eye, Mallory and Griffin Lewis.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. A celebration of life was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at St. Andrews United Methodist Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Vets House www.vetshouseinc.org in honor of Mr. Bates. Please share your condolences with the family at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com


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Defense Department:

A smaller, cheaper, stronger Military
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Bloomberg Businessweek, Paul M. Barrett
Slowing the rate of growth of military spending is not the same as cutting it. The Obama plan, which Republicans in Congress agreed to, provides for future year spending increases of 1.7 percent in 2014 and 2.2 percent in 2015. Travis Sharp of the Center for a New American Security has crunched the bigger numbers: For the period from 2013 to 2022, Obama would allocate a total of $5.75 trillion to defense.

Deficit cutters look to Pentagon budget
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The New York Times via Early Bird, Donna Cassata
One war is done, another is winding down and the calls to cut the deficit are deafening. The military, a beneficiary of robust budgets for more than a decade, is coming to grips with a new reality — fewer dollars.


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White House:

Obama considering John Kerry for job of defense secretary
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The Washington Post, Chris Strohm
President Barack Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association


Washington Update


A good fit: Vets and business
USA Today via Press Display    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several major manufacturing companies and a national industry group are joining forces to try to bring thousands of veterans — and potentially tens of thousands — into manufacturing careers. More

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General investigated for emails to Petraeus friend
The Associated Press via ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair. More

Cemetery enshrines the legacy of Vietnam
Honolulu Star-Advertiser via Early Bird    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Max Cleland laid a wreath in 1977 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, he saw no "Courts of the Missing" dedicated to the thousands of service members who went missing during the Vietnam War. On Memorial Day three years later, the future Georgia senator and Vietnam War veteran returned to Punchbowl as head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to dedicate those missing courts. "But still, there were no (battle) maps," he said. Recently, after months of construction and years of preparation, Vietnam battle maps were unveiled during the cemetery's annual Veterans Day ceremony — 50 years after what the U.S. government considers the official start of the war. More



Concerns about the future keep top Marine up at night
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At 3:15 a.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6, Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, was wide awake. He was sitting at a computer, firing off emails from his home office, deeply concerned about the future of the Marine Corps. It's not the combat readiness or the courage of the men and women that wear the Marine uniform that keeps him up at night. It's apprehension about looming budget cuts that keep him up at night. More

General demoted over lavish travel
Los Angeles Times via Current Mil-Tech News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward, who was found by investigators to have improperly spent thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other expenses, will retire as a three-star general, one step below the four-star rank he held when he was head of the U.S. Africa Command, a Defense Department official said. More

Concern grows over top military officers' ethics
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Along with a steady diet of books on leadership and management, the reading list at military "charm schools" that groom officers for ascending to general or admiral includes an essay, "The Bathsheba Syndrome: The Ethical Failure of Successful Leaders," that recalls the moral failure of the Old Testament's King David, who ordered a soldier on a mission of certain death — solely for the chance to take his wife, Bathsheba. More

Statue salutes Marine legend
Los Angeles Times via Early Bird    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The capital bulges with statues honoring military heroes, many of them long forgotten. But the latest statue salutes a man well known to Marines: Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. More

Commissary News


2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program
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The 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program, administered by Fisher House Foundation, opens on Dec. 3. DeCA business partners, whose donations largely support the program, are reminded that those companies who support the program are recognized and acknowledged at the annual Commissary Roundtable, and that meeting is scheduled for April 25-26, 2013, in Richmond, Va.

Because the Roundtable is being held earlier in the year than in past years, DeCA business partners need to ensure their donations, or a pledge for a donation, are received at Fisher House Foundation no later than March 15, 2013. The lead time is necessary in order to design and print the large 20" x 30" recognition poster that is displayed in all commissaries. That poster is normally distributed at the annual Commissary Roundtable.

If a DeCA business partner needs an invoice, or any additional information, please send an email to Jim Weiskopf at Fisher House Foundation.

The support of ALA members is sincerely appreciated.


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Trash removal services
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trash removal service, Schofield Barracks Commissary, Hawaii. 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 Proposal will be issued on or about Nov. 15, 2012, with a tentative closing date of Dec. 15, 2012. This acquisition is being issued as 100 percent Small Business Set-aside. More

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Protect your budget from rising food prices
Fox Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With rising food prices, consumers need to be savvy shoppers in the grocery store to protect their wallets. "Food costs are going up in the U.S. as a direct result of the drought," says Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial. More

Nearly half of meals consumed alone
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Solitary meals have become almost as common as communal with close to half of adult eating occasions (46 percent) occurring on one's own, according to The Hartman Group. Independent snacking is partly to blame, as individuals pack snacks for consumption in the car or at their desk. More

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CPG retailers, manufacturers issue digital coupon guidelines
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association and National Grocers Association have released guidelines designed to promote model practices in the "end-to-end" digital coupon process and reduce the incidence of coupon fraud. More

Whole Foods enhances online holiday selections
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whole Foods Market shoppers can now have a holiday meal — and more — ready for pick up during the week of Thanksgiving at their nearest store via the grocer's online ordering system. The Whole Foods Market online ordering system is available year-round with select holiday items available through Jan. 2, and winter holiday options being added on Dec. 3. More

5 secrets of supermarket shopping
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nutrition and fitness consultant Susan B. Dopart writes, "{Since childhood, the grocery store has been a fascinating place for me — my own toy store with interesting and fun things to look at and tasty treasures to eat. Today, the temptations are still there for me, but it has gotten increasingly complicated to make the right choices. For many items, it is difficult to decipher the contents. Then, when you do look at the labels, there are layers of mysterious ingredients. Increased options adds to the challenge, resulting in a barrage of products that can overcome your healthy due diligence to choose wisely. Marion Nestle's research on food politics shows how the food industry invests money to manipulate us to buy their products, without us even knowing they are doing so." More

Commissary Announcements


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., November 15, 2012.

PROMOTIONS
Cocoa/Cider, Far East & Alaska Quantities #2.
2013 Enhanced Truck Load Water Program.

NOTICES TO TRADE
None received.

MISCELLANEOUS
DeCA Distribution Map, Nov 2012.
Master Distributor POC Listing, 8 Nov 12.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-46.
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


New CMSAF announced
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USAF Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh announced that after interviewing five strong candidates, he has selected the next Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. CMSgt James A. Cody will assume the service's top enlisted position effective Feb. 1, 2013. AFSA would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Chief Cody and his wife Athena!

Here is the official announcement in its entirety:

To the Airmen of the United States Air Force After over 30 years of service to our great nation, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Roy has announced he will retire at the end of January. During their tenure, CMSAF Roy and his wife Ms. Paula teamed to tackle our biggest challenges and cheered our greatest accomplishments. We owe them a huge thank you. I hope you will join Betty and me in wishing them "blue skies" as they begin the next chapter in their lives.

Being CMSAF is a big deal, and finding the right Airmen to be our next one was a little bit intimidating. It's also the most important decision I'll make as your Chief of Staff, and probably the hardest. I reached out to our former CMSAFs for guidance and took nominations from senior leaders throughout the total force. I reviewed the records of the best and brightest CMSgt's in our Air Force and personally interviewed five of them here in the Pentagon. I'm very comfortable that I've made the right choice.

I'm pleased to announce CMSgt James A. Cody as our Service's 17th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, effective 1 Feb 2013. CMSgt Cody and his wife Athena, a retired CMSgt herself, have a very unique understanding of the Air Force family and they share a passion for Airme — their son also happens to be one. If you know Chief Cody, you'll be excited about this selection. If you don't know him, you'll get excited as soon as you do meet him. He's smart, talented, engaged and driven to make our Air Force a better place to live and work, and I'll be proud to have him as my partner in this job.

Please join Betty and me in welcoming CMSgt Cody and Athena to their new roles. They're eager to represent you and to better understand those things you care most about. I look forward to introducing them to you in just a couple of months. You're gonna love 'em!


Mark A. Welsh III
General, USAF
20th Chief of Staff


J.C. Penney to keep holiday sales
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
J.C. Penney is banking on buttons this holiday season. Starting Black Friday through Christmas Eve, Penney's employees will be handing out more than 80 million small, holiday-themed circular buttons to customers. Each has a code on the back that, when entered on J.C. Penney's website, reveals whether a customer has won prizes such as a trip to Disneyland, tickets to the Ellen Degeneres show or J.C. Penney merchandise or gift cards. More

Retailers see solid numbers but stay cautious for holiday
Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retailers are treading softly into the holiday season. Third-quarter results from Nordstrom Inc., Dillard's Inc. and Kohl's Corp. and Macy’s Inc. recently showed chains that gained ground over the last few months, but are forced to feel their way forward. (Subscription required.) More

Coca-Cola opens happiness for consumers and retailers
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the world's most iconic brands, Coca Cola intimately understands consumer sentiment and how to influence their decision to buy, employing a combination of game-changing marketing savvy and retailer collaboration. Those winning in today's marketplace understand the path to purchase can be influenced successfully through a deeper consideration of evolving consumer trends, and by working in partnership to make their brands relevant to shoppers. More

Target, Toys R Us join in Thanksgiving night openings
Chicago Sun-Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target Corp. will open its doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, three hours earlier than a year ago, and Toys R Us will open at 8 p.m., an hour earlier, to kick off the holiday shopping season. The retailers join several others, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., that are opening earlier in the evening on the holiday and staggering deals over the two-day period. Over the years, stores have been expanding their hours on Black Friday to get ahead of the competition, but the kickoff is increasingly happening right after shoppers finish their turkey feast. More

More small retailers sour on daily deal sites
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An October survey that small business listing service Manta conducted of 1,087 of its members showed that 82 percent of small businesses do not intend to run daily deal promotions this year. Only 3 percent said such campaigns have garnered them repeat business; 3 percent said they lost money on daily deal coupons. More

Survey: Most consumers think Thanksgiving weekend will have best deals
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recent survey results released by PriceGrabber found that 71 percent of consumers believe that retailers offer better deals during Thanksgiving weekend than they do during the rest of the winter holiday shopping season, up from 58 percent in 2011. More

Study: Half of consumers to buy luxury items in next 6 months
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
recent survey results released by Accenture found that half of U.S. consumers are likely to make a small luxury purchase in the next six months, including 53 percent who are likely to purchase specialty food or drinks, 48 percent to purchase luxury clothing and 48 percent to purchase luxury personal care products. More

Home Depot puts location in forefront to drive in-store traffic, mobile sales
Mobile Commerce Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Home Depot is marrying mobile advertising and location-based technology to offer consumers relevant content, as well as increase in-store foot traffic. The company is running its new mobile advertising campaign within The Weather Channel's iPhone application. Home Depot has used mobile advertising in the past to bolster brand awareness and engagement. More

The economics behind the 'new norm' of holiday shopping
Retail's BIG Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to the economy, there's no question that millions of people have had their share of the good, the bad and the ugly. Years of stubbornly high unemployment, fluctuating home values, stagnant income growth and unpredictable retail sales continue to drive the conversation. More

Wal-Mart launches a specialty food subscription service
Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A box of surprise food items called Goodies delivered to consumers' doorsteps once a month for $7 a pop represents the latest e-retail creation from @WalmartLabs, recently unveiled. The chain's research division was formed after its purchase of social and mobile technology company Kosmix in 2011. More

Macy's melds past, present for Christmas marketing
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Macy's is adding Kris Kringle — the version of Santa Claus portrayed by Edmund Gwenn in "Miracle on 34th Street" — to its Christmas advertising arsenal. "Miracle on 34th Street" is a "holiday classic that appeals to every generation," said Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer at Macy's, and is part of "the DNA of the brand." 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



New opportunity at the Exchange

I am pleased to announce Exchange plans to select two NEW senior executives at a pivotal time in Exchange history!

Two senior vice presidents recently announced their retirement after distinguished careers marked with superior achievements and accolades. As we celebrate their contributions to the Exchange, we are also presented an opportunity to take an unprecedented approach in seeking impactful industry leaders to build on their legacy.

SVP qualifications

New! An executive search firm will be used to source external applicants for the following senior vice president positions: Both positions will be posted externally in the Wall Street Journal early next week.

Internal application process

The competitive promotion process will be followed to identify internal candidates.

Interviews will be conducted for qualified internal candidates and qualified external candidates. Final selections will be made based on the interviews. All SVP appointments require final approval by the Board of Directors.

Questions

Contact Darryl Porter for additional information on these postings.

Please disseminate to our Exchange family.

Susan I. Simone
Senior Vice President
Human Resources




From the CGX Commander
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Thank you for offering to help out our Coast Guard personnel impacted by Sandy. Many people throughout the country have been providing tremendous support to folks in the region impacted by Sandy. Many of our military retail vendors have inquired about the best ways they can assist the Coast Guard family. At the moment our folks are trying to clean their homes and move back in. Any help you could provide with cleaning supplies and or personal care items would be greatly appreciated. My point of contact is Chief Warrant Officer Bill Pfeiffer and can be reached at 757-842-4929 or william.l.pfeiffer@uscg.mil.

Thank you and Semper Paratus!

Regards,

Capt Bob McKenna
Commanding Officer
Community Services Command


US Army and Air Force Exchanges to offer feast of Thanksgiving weekend deals
Public Affairs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Military shoppers looking to dig in to tasty holiday shopping better bring a big appetite to the Exchange as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is cooking up a buffet of great deals and savings. More

Military Spouse Magazine highlights military friendly spouse employers
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December's issue of Military Spouse magazine, on stands Nov. 27, highlights the top 25 Military Friendly Spouse Employers for 2013. The sixth annual list recognizes those companies which hire spouses of our active duty service members, and make an effort to develop hiring and workforce development policies that acknowledge the unique challenges of military life. More



ALA Exchange E-Blast week 11/16/12

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.

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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

NEXCOM buyer/category changes for 2013

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AAFES Press release Archive 2010-2012

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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

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 Annual Convention, Hyatt New Orleans, New Orleans, La.

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Washington Update


Historic Lawsuit against Philip Morris USA on behalf of US government charges violations of the False Claims Act in military dealings
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Citing "knowing violations" and "wanton, willful and reckless disregard" of contractual agreements with the U.S. military that ultimately deprived millions of dollars in funding for programs for active duty and retired military personnel and their families, a lawsuit filed against Philip Morris USA Inc. by Anthony Oliver on behalf of the U.S. government is currently pending a ruling by the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia. The complaint was filed under the False Claims Act that allows individuals to effect legal action on behalf of the government ("writ of qui tam") and is the first known lawsuit of its type ever filed against PM. More

Program offers DoD civilians time for total wellness
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Installation Management Command commander Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter is giving marching orders to civilians. He's giving civilians the opportunity to get out and get fit, not only physically, but in all areas of total wellness to include social, spiritual, emotional and family. The Civilian Wellness and Fitness Program is offered across the Department of Defense giving civilians an hour, three times a week, for six months to work on their well-being. More
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