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The loss of a friend:
Former Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, 81, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 at Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, Va., surrounded by family and friends.
Ike Skelton was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Lexington, Mo., the son of Isaac Newton Skelton, III and Carolyn Boone Skelton. Ike married Susan Anding in 1961, she preceded him in death in 2005. He married Patricia Martin of Lexington in 2009. Ike was elected prosecutor in 1956 for Lafayette County, before being elected to the Missouri State Senate in 1970 where he served six years before being elected to congress. He served 17 terms, beginning in 1976, in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. After his government service he joined the national Kansas City-based law firm of Husch Blackwell. He worked for the firm in both Kansas City and Washington, D.C.
Ike was instrumental in helping to build up Missouri's two military installations, Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood. Among his civic activities, Skelton was a presidential appointee to the American Battle Monuments Commission, which is in charge of U.S. military resting places overseas, and the World War I Centennial Commission, which is planning next year's activities marking the 100th anniversary of the start of that war. Skelton had been elected chairman of the Centennial Commission. Skelton was honored at West Point in 2012 with the Sylvanus Thayer Award, presented to "an outstanding citizen whose service and accomplishments in the national interests exemplify the Military Academy motto, 'Duty, Honor, Country.'"
Skelton had three sons with his first wife, Susan Anding, who died in August 2005. In 2009 he married Patricia Martin of Lexington, who survives along with his sons, U.S. Navy Capt. Ike Skelton V, and wife, Elena, Lexington, Mo., U. S. Army Colonel James Skelton and wife, Lexington, Mo., Anita and Harry Page Skelton and wife, Caroline Chapel Hill, N.C.; Brothers, John B. Skelton, Bradenton, Fla., and James P. Skelton, Warrensburg, Mo.. There are five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in Wikoff Hall at Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Mo. Burial in Machpelah Cemetery, Lexington with Military Rites. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, at Wentworth Military Academy Grondyke Hall.
In addition, any members of the Mic-O-Say or Freemasons are invited to be with the family at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at Wentworth Military Academy. There will be a visitation with the family for dignitaries and members of the delegation from Washington from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 at Wentworth Military Academy Grondyke Hall.
In lieu of flowers the following memorials in Ike's memory are suggested: The United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World War, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW #123, Washington, DC 20004-2608; Sigma Chi Educational Foundation of Missouri C/O John Keech, 6310 Lamar Ave. Ste. 110, Overland Park, KS 66202; Wentworth Military Academy, 1880 Washington Ave., Lexington, MO 64067; Lexington Auditorium Association, P.O. Box 100, Lexington, MO 64067. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors(TAPS) National Headquarters 3033 Wilson Blvd. Suite 630, Arlington, VA 22201. Arrangements: Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 South Street, Lexington, Mo., 660-259-2245 Visit us at: www.nadlerfullfh.com or see us on Facebook at Walker Nadler Fuller Funeral Home
Budget negotiations begin in Washington:
Once again a bipartisan committee consisting of members of the House and Senate begin negotiations towards a budget deal to replace sequestration. Keep in mind that another $20 billion in cuts will kick in in January if no agreement is reached.
Beneath conference committee's sweet words lurks old sticking point: Taxes
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The Washington Post, Lori Montgomery
Lawmakers recently opened formal negotiations over the budget by pledging to work across party lines to fund federal agencies, avoid another government shutdown and adopt lasting changes to rein in the rising national debt.
Sequestration resignation sets in
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Politico, Philip Ewing
Washington's defense establishment has been through nearly all the stages of grief as it has grappled with sequestration — denial, anger, bargaining and depression — and may have arrived near the end: acceptance.
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Forbes, Hanabusa take up Asia-Pacific oversight
Bi-partisan HASC team to explore key issues
Recently, at a media roundtable, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., and Rep. Adam Smith,D-Wash., respectively Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, unveiled a slate of oversight activities focused on the "AsiaPacific Rebalance." The oversight effort will be led by Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., Chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii.
Speaking on the agenda ahead, Rep. Forbes said, "I want to thank Chairman McKeon for the opportunity to lead this important effort with my friend and colleague, Rep. Hanabusa. Although it is often said, it is worth repeating: U.S. policy towards the Asia-Pacific remains a truly bipartisan effort. I understand there are a variety ofperspectives on the region and the long-term security role our Nation should play there. I can say with confidence there is a broad consensus at a strategic level to continue the now seven-decade old project to maintain a stable balance of power in the region. What this series will explore are some of the operational and tactical-level questions that concern our future posture in the region. What shape should our naval posture and presence look like? What role will the Army and Marine Corps play? How should our allies contribute and what are the limitations to cooperation? I look forward to exploring these questions and more as we begin this process."
Rep. Hanabusa added, "The Obama administration has recognized that strategically, economically and diplomatically, the Asia-Pacific region will provide our greatest challenges and opportunities going forward. It is time for Congress to devote more of our resources and energy to providing leadership in this arena. All of us, particularly those on the Armed Services Committees, have a responsibility to consider the long-term demands on our military power. This series aims to enhance the understanding of Asia-Pacific Security issues for both our colleagues in Congress and the general public."
This oversight series includes a broad mix of hearings, closed briefings, and other committee engagements. The Committee will reach out to solicit views from former PACOM officials, regional ambassadors, and respected thought leaders on U.S. defense posture in the Asia-Pacific. Highlights of planned hearings are listed below. The events are expected to take place between now and early 2014 and include:
Specific hearing dates will be announced as available.
- 2013 Report to Congress of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission
- DOD's Rebalance To The Asia-Pacific
- Responding to PLA Space Capabilities (Joint Seapower and StrategicForces Subcommittees)
- Asia Pacific Maritime Disputes (Seapower Subcommittee)
- Responding To PLA Naval and Aerospace Modernization (Joint Seapower and Tactical Air Land Subcommittees)
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Analyst: Historical trends suggest budget cuts deeper than sequestration
The Pentagon could face budget cuts much deeper than those mandated through sequestration if defense spending over the next decade follows historical trends, according to a prominent analyst.
Washington's new normal: Quarterly budget cycles
Get used to it, say lawmakers and analysts, because every indication is: Governing and budgeting from crisis to crisis is the new normal in Washington.
Former Rep. Ike Skelton dead at 81
Former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, a champion of the military who served 17 terms in the U.S. House before losing a re-election bid in 2010, has died. He was 81.
RIFs pose tough HR challenge
Severe budget cuts could force agencies to resort to the first large-scale layoffs since the 1990s. And that has many experts wondering if federal human resources staffs have the expertise to manage a major reduction-in-force.
Congress ended the government shutdown, but ...
When Congress ended the government shutdown by agreeing to fund federal operations through mid-January, lawmakers gave themselves some breathing room to draft a more complete budget for the rest of 2014. But the extra time is little comfort for those in Hampton Roads whose livelihoods are tied to the defense industry.
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Guard eyes readiness amid personnel cuts, less training
The Army National Guard will shrink by 8,000 soldiers in the next two years, but more cuts could be on the way as the Army wrestles with tightening budgets and getting the right mix of active- and reserve-component troops.
Federal workers must pay back jobless benefits
The federal government shutdown cost taxpayers billions of dollars but at least a tiny fraction will be recouped: Federal employees will get paid just once not twice for not working. All federal employees who collected unemployment insurance during the 16-day shutdown will have to return the payments because the workers are also receiving back pay.
5 officials left VA in wake of conference fallout
Five Veterans Affairs Department officials involved in two costly 2011 conferences have resigned or retired since the VA inspector general faulted their roles in planning, managing and overseeing the training events in Orlando, Fla., according to a newly released congressional report.
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The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., Oct. 31, 2013.
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DP #20, Update #2.
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DeCAF 40-16 40-15 with Worksheet, 24 October 2013. NOTE: There was a technical issue regarding the pricing correctly posting for shippers on lines 23 and 24 of the DeCAF 40-15 form (the DeCAF 40-16 form populated correctly). The problem has been corrected and the worksheet updated reflecting a revision date of 24 October 2013.
Food stamp usage levels off at commissaries
Use of food stamps in commissaries continued to rise last year, although not as sharply as in previous years, while redemptions through the nutrition program for women, infants and children have declined, according to Defense Commissary Agency data.
Kroger knows your shopping patterns better than you do
Kroger, the Cincinnati-based grocery store chain, calls the 11 million pieces of direct mail it sends to customers each quarter "snowflakes" — because if any two are the same, it is a fluke. The redemption rate is over 70 percent within six weeks of the mailing.
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The supermarket of the future is now
Over the past few years we have seen modest changes in the bricks-and-mortar side of supermarkets in spite of supermarkets losing 1.6 percent of dollar sales (and the customers who represent that percentage) to other channels of distribution including drug chains, convenience stores, non-traditional outlets and farmers' markets. Shouldn't this loss be a wake-up call that things as they are need to change?
Gold star nutrition labels at grocery stores help consumers buy healthier
The Washington Post
A nutritional rating system using gold stars affixed to price labels on grocery store shelves appears to have shifted buying habits, potentially providing another tool to educate consumers on how to eat healthier, according to a new study. The independent study examining a proprietary gold star system used in Maine-based Hannaford Supermarkets suggested it steered shoppers away from items with no stars toward healthier foods that merited gold stars.
Hy-Vee expands military support
Hy-Vee has expanded its support of the U.S. military through its Hy-Vee Homefront initiative, which aims to increase awareness and funds for organizations that serve military members, veterans and their families.
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New traceability guidelines for dairy, deli and bakery industries
A new implementation guideline for leveraging GS1 global standards for traceability business processes in the dairy, deli and bakery supply chain was released by the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and GS1 US. The guide was developed with input from industry stakeholders to provide best practice recommendations to help dairy, deli and bakery manufacturers, exporters, wholesalers, suppliers, distributors, retailers, food service operators and service providers improve product traceability processes by leveraging GS1 Standards.
For the first time, FDA addresses pet food safety
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to make animal feed and pet food sold in the United States safer. A new proposed rule aims to protect all animal foods from disease-causing bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants. Under the rule, manufacturers will be required to develop procedures to prevent food-borne illness. For the first time, manufacturing facilities would have to follow proposed good manufacturing practices to address issues like sanitation. They will also have to have plans in place to correct any problems.
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Annual Holiday Luncheon
The Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of the American Logistics Association will be hosting its annual holiday luncheon and auction on Friday, Dec, 13, 2013. The luncheon will be held at the Las Colinas Country Club from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. We are excited to announce that Mr. Tom Shull, Director/CEO of AAFES and Ana Middleton, AAFES Senior VP will be our guest speakers this year.
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If you are interested in attending, please fill out the attached registration form by Friday, Dec. 6, and return to Julie Fox by email or mail.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Target pushes back holiday-campaign launch
Target is preparing to kick off its "most digitally enabled campaign in history" but not too early. A year ago the retailer caught flack from consumers for launching its first holiday spot in mid-October.
JCPenney will end Martha Stewart deal early
After two tumultuous years that saw the company's share price collapse and an iconoclastic CEO shown the door, JCPenney announced that it will terminate its troubled partnership with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in 2017 four years earlier than previously agreed.
Consumers spend $330 million on Halloween pet costumes
The Denver Post
The National Retail Federation says Americans will spend $330 million on pet costumes this year. While that's only a small part of the total $6.9 billion consumers will shell out for candy, costumes and décor, the category is popular and growing, say retailers and pet owners.
Millennials about to outspend baby boomers, catching retail industry off guard
The millennial generation is expected to outspend baby boomers by 2017, yet retailers underestimate the size and purchasing power of this consumer, according to a new research study by Berglass + Associates and Women's Wear Daily.
How retailers can continue to use Windows XP computers securely after April 2014
Windows XP is scheduled for "End of Life" in April 2014, yet XP is still the second most widely used PC operating system in the world. The retail vertical market has a particular risk exposure: In many cases a significant number of store POS systems are running XP and will be for the next 2-3 years. (Note: Webinar is now over.)
TJX sets sights on $46 billion in sales
Women's Wear Daily
Recently, executives at the nation's largest off-price chain, TJX Cos. Inc., met with investors and revealed plans to expand the business. (Subscription required.)
Kohl's follows Macy's lead, will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving
The Business Journal
Kohl's Corp. has announced it will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day following earlier announcements from Macy's and J.C. Penney. Kohl's will be open for 28 hours straight, from 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, through midnight the following day.
Coach sales lose ground to rivals
The Wall Street Journal
Coach Inc. might want to start circling the wagons. Hot accessories brands including Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Tory Burch are threatening the leather-goods maker's market share, a trend that appeared to accelerate in the latest quarter.
Retailers add jobs in September
Women's Wear Daily
Discounters and department stores added jobs to payrolls in September, while apparel specialty stores cut staff and overall employment grew modestly, according to the U.S. Labor Department. (Subscription required.)
Economic worries threaten the holiday season again
Retail's BIG Blog
This year, NRF is forecasting that holiday sales will increase 3.9 percent, to $602.1 billion. But the forecast was prepared just before the shutdown began, and our chief economist, Jack Kleinhenz, made clear that the actual outcome will hinge on how Washington handles economic policy for the remainder of the year and how consumers respond.
Holiday TV push starts 2 weeks earlier at Toys 'R' Us
Toys "R" Us is looking to bring a bit more emotion to its holiday campaign this year. A year ago the brand's campaign leaned heavily on more promotional messages, like its price match guarantee, free layaway and "door buster" deals.
RadioShack gets loan from GE Capital
The Wall Street Journal
RadioShack Corp. is getting a financial boost from GE Capital on the cusp of the crucial holiday selling season, people familiar with the matter said. The General Electric Co. unit will extend loans of around $835 million secured by existing assets, including inventory, to refinance outstanding bank debt.
Clothing sizes and the funny math involved
The Associated Press via ABC News
The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960. Yet women's plus-size clothing, generally defined as size 14 and up, still makes up only about 9 percent of the $190 billion spent annually on clothes.
Free Wi-Fi helps in-store sales
Retailers may want to fight a little less hard against showrooming, and offer a little more assistance to consumers looking to browse online while in-store.
Cloudy forecast for holiday spending prompts more promotion
The New York Times
The 2013 holiday season was already challenging for retailers and marketers, with fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas and continued uncertainty over the economy. Now, after the government shutdown, as some analysts predict that consumers will trim holiday budgets by about 2 percent, efforts are being redoubled to woo reluctant shoppers.
Shutdown drove down store traffic
Women's Wear Daily
Consumers took a furlough from shopping during the U.S. government's 16-day shutdown. According to ShopperTrak, the leading provider of shopper analytics, said that total retail store shopper traffic during the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5 decreased 7.5 percent compared to the same time period last year. During the week of Oct. 6-12, foot traffic decreased 7.1 percent compared to 2012. (Subscription required.)
Why UPS will win Christmas, scroogy shopping or not
Brick-and-mortar retailers are sweating online competition this holiday season, perhaps more than ever. But it's all upside to UPS. The shipping giant is cashing in both on Internet shopping and old-school retailers trying to mimic Amazon.com — shipping inventory around the country in an incessant supply-chain shuffling.
Cutting the strings: How to hold your employees accountable
By Harry J. Friedman
Is a good part of your day filled with being pulled in different directions by the demands of your staff and your role as a business owner or manager? Imagine a puppet being pulled by its strings. If you can relate to this scenario, you're not alone. As an owner or manager you'll often find yourself being pulled, almost like that puppet, in a variety of directions to get your tasks accomplished. Much of the string-pulling is the direct result of developing a staff that relies on you to do things for them.
Free shipping is retailers' top holiday marketing tactic
With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, 83 percent of retailers say they plan to run cross-channel marketing campaigns during November and December, with online display ads and email the most widely used marketing tactics, Experian Marketing Services says in a new study. And the most important marketing pitch will be free shipping, it says.
6 steps to cut your chain's energy costs
Convenience Store News
Whether you realize it or not, today's convenience store owners and operators have a new range of tools in their belt these days when it comes to increasing their bottom line. One of the most immediate and impactful options is energy efficiency. Yes, the term is bandied about a lot these days, but for a reason: Convenience store owners are missing an opportunity to save up to 33 percent off their energy bills.
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A concern for protecting the military resale benefits need not only rest with those who can use them. Being a member of the Save Our Benefit website is open to anyone who is concerned about those military resale activities. If you aren't a member PLEASE sign up.
During the recent shut down of the commissaries and subsequent reduction in customer traffic in the Exchanges ALA energized our SOB members to send emails to the Department of Defense and many did so. At least a thousand emails were sent. So many, that along with the letter the ALA sent and the impact of the many emails caused DOD to rethink their decision and they reopened the commissaries. The value of the ALA and the Save Our Benefit members definitely impacted the Department of Defense. If we all hadn't taken this action there is no telling how long the Commissaries would have been closed.
Who knows what will happen next. We need everyone to sign up and become a member of the Save Our Benefit Website. The more members we have the more of an impact we can make in combating the poor decisions DOD makes which effect the valuable military resale system. The information below will guide you in your sign up process.
In the wake of the government shutdown, stateside commissaries were closed for nearly a week. Previous shutdowns allowed commissaries to remain open making this action unprecedented. However, you answered our Call to Action in record numbers to urge their reopening. Your efforts helped make a difference and we thank you!
Unfortunately, the government shutdown, declining budgets, and continued sequestration are forcing the Pentagon to make tough choices. Proposals have been made to eliminate the taxpayer funding for commissaries, close stateside stores, raise prices, and reduce services. You could lose your earned benefit for good!
If you do not want your commissary to close again, or possibly even see a reduced Exchange footprint we need your help!
Tell Us Why Your Benefits Are Important – Decision makers in Washington need to hear from you. Please share your concerns with us, outlining how important your commissary and exchange benefits are and how it will impact you if they are taken away. Your stories will be used when we testify before Congress later this month.
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Nov. 7, 2013: Hampton Roads ALA Benefit Luncheon for AREA, NEREA, HRALA Scholarships
Noon-3 p.m. at the Lesser Inn at 3319 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Featuring special guests Congressman Scott Rigell, VA 2nd; NEXCOM CEO Rob Bianchi; and AAFES COO Mike Howard
Luncheon buffet with great silent auction items!
Pay at the Door $50 for Industry, $30 for Resale
Remit to Hampton Roads ALA, Attn: Paul Wehner, MDV Nash Finch, PO Box 29, Norfolk, VA 23501
Registration deadline: Oct. 29
Companies interested in sponsoring the luncheon are encouraged to contact Tina Davenport, HRALA at Tina.Davenport@asllcnet.com or call 904-874-8937
All sponsor proceeds will be divided among AREA, NEREA, & HRALA scholarships
Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City.
Dec. 13, 2013: ALA DFW Chapter holiday luncheon
Join the ALA DFW Chapter for a festive holiday luncheon and auction at the Las Colinas Country Club, 4400 N. O'Connor Blvd., Irving, Texas. Guest speakers include: CEO Tom Shull and CMO Ana Middleton
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Navy wants sailors to connect with families for holiday
Great Lakes Naval Station brass are trying to boost the number of young sailors participating in a program dating to World War I by reminding them that local families want to do something nice by offering them a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day.
Shopping the Exchange pays $224 million in dividends
Edwards Air Force Base
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service Board of Directors announced that the Exchange paid a dividend of $224 million in 2012. These funds are critical to Army, Air Force, National Guard, Marine Corps and Navy morale, welfare and recreation efforts.
Army posts look to local governments for savings
Army installation command officials think they may be on the cusp of finding millions of dollars in savings through a new initiative that allows garrisons to partner with local governments to provide support services for soldiers and families.
Survey responses help HBI team gauge program effectiveness
Defense Logistics Agency
The Healthy Base Initiative survey results are in and show that most McNamara Headquarters Complex employees know about the program and that a large number participate in HBI activities.
MWR provides respite, balance for deployed forces
U.S. Department of Defense
As outgoing shipments from Afghanistan top 1,000 pieces of rolling stock and thousands of cargo containers a month, officials are taking pains to preserve the highest quality of life for U.S. forces on the ground including access to popular morale, welfare and recreation services for the duration of their deployments.
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