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Executive Briefing


White House programs in support of military families gains momentum:

Weaving support for military into fabric of America
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Kitsap Sun, Tom Philpott
Whether you're a neighbor, business owner, corporate executive, community leader or ordinary citizen, you can help close the sacrifice gap by showing military families and veterans that you appreciate their service. That's the purpose behind of a new nationwide initiative, "Joining Forces," launched this week by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

White House looks for another $400 billion from the Defense Department:

Obama pitches deficit reduction plan
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Los Angeles Times, Peter Nicholas
President Barack Obama favors deeper military spending cuts than those proposed by Republicans. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has achieved $400 billion in military spending cuts, the president said. "I believe we can do that again," he said. It may not be so simple.

Another debt reduction strategy:

'Gang of Six' in the Senate seeking a plan on debt
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The New York Times, Jackie Calmes
Days after President Barack Obama called for forming a bipartisan group in Congress to begin negotiating a $4 trillion debt-reduction package, the parties have not even agreed to its membership. Yet six senators — three Democrats, three Republicans — say they are nearing consensus on just such a plan.

Stakes huge in partisan duel over US deficit
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Los Angeles Times, Don Lee
The dueling deficit-cutting plans presented by congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama both promise to restore the nation's fiscal credibility. But if they fail to deliver, the result could be still higher deficits and the potential for another devastating economic crisis.

DOD won't get to keep monies freed up in pursuit of $400 billion cut goal
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The Hill, John T. Bennett
The Defense Department will not keep funds cut as part of President Barack Obama's drive to eliminate $400 billion from its annual security budgets. The monies that will be freed up as part of the budget-slashing drill "are intended to be for deficit reduction," Pentagon Acquisition Chief Ashton Carter said.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

House approves Republican budget plan to cut trillions
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House Republicans recently muscled through a budget plan that pares federal spending by an estimated $5.8 trillion over the next decade while reshaping Medicare in a proposal that immediately touched off a fierce clash with Democrats. Just one day after Congress concluded its fight over this year's spending, the House voted to approve the fiscal blueprint for 2012 drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the Budget Committee. More

Obama puts deficit ball back in Pentagon's court
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Defense Secretary Robert Gates disclosed his new military budget plan in January, he ordered $78 billion in cuts over five years, on top of several hundred billion dollars in savings already found by canceling weapons programs and identifying business efficiencies. Gates said that those were wrenching decisions for the Pentagon, and that he opposed further reductions in spending growth. More

Official: Greener bases could save billions
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Investing in renewable energy technology for military bases would save the Defense Department billions of dollars and ensure operational integrity as bases increasingly provide support to combat troops, a Pentagon official told Congress. At a time when President Barack Obama and Congress are looking for ways to reduce the nation's budget, the military spends more than $4 billion a year on energy for bases and on fuel for transportation, said Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment. More

Debt ceiling looms as next big battle
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The brawl in Washington over how to fund the government through September has served as a dry run for looming fights with higher stakes, particularly the debate over whether to raise the limit on how much the government can borrow. The divisive fight has raised concerns among lawmakers and government officials that Democrats and Republicans in Congress will find it even harder to decide whether to increase the federal debt ceiling above $14.29 trillion in the next few weeks. More

Commissary News

Study: Some bacteria in grocery meat resistant to antibiotics
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Researchers have found high levels of bacteria in meat commonly found on grocery store shelves, with more than half of the bacteria resistant to multiple types of antibiotics, according to a recently released study. While the meat commonly found in grocery stores is still safe to eat, consumers should take precautions especially in handling and cooking, the chief researcher for the study said. More

Supermarkets leading in seafood sustainability
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Recently, Greenpeace released its fifth "Carting Away the Oceans" report, and Safeway, North America's second-largest supermarket chain, was ranked first among food retail chains for its ongoing efforts to source and sell sustainable seafood. Target and Wegmans, which had topped earlier lists, were tied for second. More

Green is the bottom line
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The retail grocery industry and its myriad suppliers continue to step up their collective efforts to extend their green profiles by making their products and processes even more environmentally friendly and perhaps most importantly, at least to the balance sheet, eliminating waste. The Grocery Manufacturers Association recently revealed results of a sustainability survey showing that food, beverage and consumer products makers expect to eliminate 4 billion pounds of packaging waste nationwide by 2020. More

Brookshire's new concept store opens
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Brookshire Grocery Co. Chairman of the Board Brad Brookshire said the March 10 grand opening of its new concept food store, FRESH by Brookshire's, was one of the landmark days in the company's history, adding that "FRESH is the best of the best." The store focuses on in-season produce from local farmers, as well as a wide variety of meats, cheeses and seafood. More

Shopping for vegetables? Hit the sidewalk, not the supermarket
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Forget lettuce and spinach. Start thinking mallow, purslane and amaranth. Even if you've never heard of these greens, they could be all around you, according to an NPR piece on urban foraging. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website since 10 a.m. April 14 and as of 10 a.m. April 21:

  • DP #10, update 7#35;1.
  • DP #13, WW promotion package.
  • Severe weather 2011, update #2 and Far East & Alaska quantities.
  • Fathers Day, update #1.
  • Holiday chill/freeze/pre-packaged meat WW promotion package.
  • Holiday cookies/crackers/fruit cake WW promotion package.
  • Spring club pack June CONUS quantities.


  • 11-61, store reset dates — Altus.
  • 11-62, store reset dates — Ellsworth AFB.
  • 11-63, store reset dates — Ft. Wainwright.
  • 11-64, store reset dates — Ft. Sill.
  • 11-65, category review adult nutrition/dietary supplements.

  • Adds/changes/deletes for week 11-16.
  • Guard and reserve on-site sale schedule updates.


With the exception of the ALA/DeCA Training Event & Conference scheduled for May 23-25, DeCA has CANCELED all the other Region meetings for 2011 (East, West, Korea & Europe).


2011 Congressional Caucus: June 14, House Rayburn Building, Washington, D.C. Watch for registration information.

2011 ALA/DeCA Appreciation Day Golf Tournament: May 10, Fort Lee, Va. Registration is available.

2011 ALA/DeCA Training Event & Conference: May 23-25, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Norfolk, Va. Registration is available.

2011 ALA/DeCA Hawaii Conference & Food Show: Aug. 15-18, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu. Watch for registration information.

64th Annual Convention: Oct. 4-6, Orlando World Marriott Center, Orlando, Fla. Watch for registration information.


ALA Congressional Caucus
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Gordon will join us on the morning of June 14 in Washington, D.C., at the Rayburn House Office Building and address the congressional caucus. In light of the recent budget stress, this is a must-attend event. Click here to visit our webpage and register today!

For details on any of our events, visit our Web page at

Exchange News

Wal-Mart buys social media startup to power online sales
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It's been a busy few months for Wal-Mart. The retail giant has said it will improve the nutritional value of its store brands, build smaller stores in urban areas, deliver groceries to inner-city residents and return to its roots by offering lower prices every day. More

Camera ready
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"Shop as if no one is watching" seems like a simple enough command. But place a recruited consumer in a simulated grocery environment and bias almost always comes into play. That's one reason why brand marketers are trading time in labs fashioned after specific chains, for real-life observations in actual stores. More

Subway to reduce sodium by 28 percent in fresh fit sandwiches
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Subway will reduce the amount of sodium in sandwiches from its Fresh Fit menu by 28 percent, the company announced. Additionally, the sandwich chain will reduce the amount of sodium in its core sandwiches by 15 percent across the board. Together, these changes will remove 450 tons of sodium annually compared to sodium levels three years ago, according to the company. More

Best Buy shifts focus to mobile stores
Benzinga    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a shift away from its traditional big-box retail format, electronic retailer Best Buy said that it plans to open hundreds of wireless device stores, as well as shrink square footage at big-box stores by 10 percent over the next three to five years. These smaller stores, which focus on cellphones, have proven to be more profitable than traditional Best Buy stores due to the popularity and adoption of smartphones and similar devices. More

Wal-mart releases reports
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has issued its 2011 Annual Report, Proxy Statement and Global Responsibility Report, providing expanded, interactive versions of the documents in a comprehensive package of materials relating to the mega-retailer's achievements last year, priorities for this year and progress toward its goals. "Wal-mart delivered solid financial performance for fiscal year 2011," wrote Mike Duke, the company's president and CEO, in a letter to shareholders. More

Goofy drinks go into overdrive for summer at fast-food spots
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There's one thing more common to summer than sunburns and mosquitoes: goofy drinks. This season, everyone from McDonald's to 7-Eleven to Sonic has them. The USA's biggest fast-food makers have a trayload on tap as they gear up for their most crucial selling season. More

Exchange Announcements

2011 Health Fair
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The Exchange's upcoming 2011 Health Fair will be at our Dallash Headquarters location. This year's theme is "Xchange Your Fitness." The goal is to provide participants with health and wellness information advocating a fit mind, body and spirit. We'd like you to join us and show how your product/service will help the participants reach their wellness goals.

The 2011 Health Fairs will be held on:
  • May 11 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. on the lawn at our headquarters location, 3911 South Walton Walker, in Dallas. Backup date is May 25.

  • Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking area at our Stoneridge location, 8901 Autobahn, in Dallas. Backup date is Sept. 27.

Last year's participant counts were 1,200 (headquarters) and 500 (Stoneridge), and we hope to exceed those numbers this year.

The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund instrumentality that supports the men and women of the Armed Forces around the world. We would like your company to display any products or programs that promote a healthy lifestyle for our associates and customers.

If you agree to participate, please complete the enclosed Health Fair Vendor Needs Form and return it by April 29.

You can email the form to, fax to 214-465-2551, or mail to 3911 South Walton Walker, Attn: Kamille Pete, Dallas, TX, 75236.

Please contact me at 214-312-6073 or with any questions.

Thank you for considering participation in our Health Fair event.

Kamille J. Pete
Operation: BeFit Wellness & Fitness Manager
Army & Air Force Exchange Service
Change your health, save your life!

Washington Update

Workshops aid transitioning spouses with employment issues
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Human resources specialists with the Wiesbaden Civilian Personnel Advisory Center want to help military and civilian spouses continue their federal careers stateside. "Each case is a bit different," said Paigeant Hill, an human resources specialist at Wiesbaden. "We're just giving an overview of what they're eligible for." More

Army MWR installations
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Are you traveling to another installation? Want to find out what your current installation has to offer? Simply click on the MWR map to find an MWR page dedicated to helping you find lodging, entertainment, sports and more for specific Army installation.

Navy Lodge
Navy Lodges are located around the world at most Naval Bases. The PCS and TDY traveler will find our locations convenient for their family and their business needs. Check out the Navy Lodge Locator to find out if there is a Navy Lodge where you will be taking your next vacation.

Military families earn a salute from spouses in chief
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Somewhere in the sea of screaming children was Christine Molinski's 3-year-old daughter, Molly, held up by her father, Matt, so she could see the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 spouses walk on stage at Veterans Memorial recently and hug Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster and other "Sesame Street" stars. More

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