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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only April 29, 2011
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Breaking news:

ALA has found that at the request of the DoD Comptroller, DeCA is in the process of updating its cost analysis and response to the CBO recommendation for consolidation. At this point this is an internal DoD process that will flow up to and through OMB. Seems the CBO recommendation has recently gained support in a variety of sectors and is getting some press coverage. The Military Times also noted the recommendation in recent editorials. The call for another $400 billion in defense-related savings will require a review and justification of all programs. Steve Rossetti and Pat Nixon are updating our support network on the current initiatives should additional action be required.

Leadership shift:

One of the significant changes on the political scene will be the reshaping of the National Security Team that leads our nation. Here are a few of the lead releases as we transition over the next few weeks.

Panetta comes armed with background in budget fights
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The New York Times, Elisabeth Bumiller
Leon Panetta is set to take over leadership of the Defense Department while the United States is fighting on three fronts, but he was selected for the job in no small part because his war at home will be with Congress over the Pentagon budget. And in that battle, defense budget analysts recently said, he comes unusually well armed.

Director Petraeus to face different culture at CIA.
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The New York Times, Scott Shane
Gen. David Petraeus will be taking on familiar challenges when he arrives at the Central Intelligence Agency this summer: the terrorist threat from Yemen and Pakistan, the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, the Arab uprisings and their uncertain outcomes.

Support for military families comes from the top:

America's first moms
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Parade, Lynn Sherr and Maggie Murphy
For Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, family comes first. That's why this month they're uniting to launch a campaign to provide support on the home front for the spouses and children of U.S. troops fighting overseas.

This could be the most important event on the horizon:

Whipping the debt ceiling vote
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Government Executive, Dan Friedman
Congress is likely to raise the debt ceiling some time before the July 4 recess, but probably lacks the votes to do so in either chamber unless the vote is paired with a commitment to spending cuts.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

After Gates
NationalJournal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nearly five years ago, Defense Secretary Robert Gates sat before a Senate panel and candidly admitted that the United States wasn't winning the war in Iraq. During a surprise visit to the country that April, Gates recalled that a firefight had been raging behind him when he gave his first press conference in Iraq in late 2006. "Things were not going well here," Gates told the crowd of American servicemen and women gathered at one of the last U.S. bases in the country, speaking of that earlier visit. "It was a very tough time." More

From CIA to defense, Leon Panetta is a quintessential Washington player
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At 72, Leon Panetta will be the oldest man nominated as defense secretary. He has more experience in walnut farming than in military matters, although he did briefly serve in the Army — almost a half-century ago. But what Panetta would bring with him to the Pentagon are two critical skill sets: how to play power politics in Washington, and how to manage enormous sums of taxpayer money. More

National security reshuffle has implications for Afghan War
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The Obama administration's reshuffling of its national security team lifts much of the uncertainty that has hung over both the military and the CIA since Robert Gates made clear he planned to leave the Pentagon this summer. But the bureaucratic shuffling — which involves naming CIA Director Leon Panetta as Gates' replacement and Gen. David Petraeus as the new head of the CIA — will have even larger implications for the unpopular Afghan war. More

Commissary News

New York Apple-Marzetti DeCA display contest announces winners
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The New York Apple Association recently announced the winners in its annual display contest for apples and Marzetti products in military commissaries. More

Kroger CEO: Food prices are rising
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Kroger Co. CEO David Dillon recently told analysts after several quarters of deflation across many food categories, higher prices are beginning to emerge. However, Dillon said a modest level of inflation generally has a positive impact on Kroger's business. More

Family Dollar expands offering
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Family Dollar Stores is encouraged by the traffic its expanded offerings of groceries and health and beauty care items are generating, prompting a decision to go chainwide with the expansion over the next four years rather than limiting it to just 800 stores this year, a company executive told SN recently. More

USDA: Meat prices will continue to climb
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In a revised forecast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently said meat prices will continue to climb this year. Retail prices have been on the rise as animal supplies decrease, exports grow, and feed-grain costs soar. More

Bi-Lo runs reusable bag promo
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In tandem with the recent Earth Day, Bi-Lo has extended its recycling efforts. Through in-store recycling programs already in place at its 207 locations, the Mauldin, S.C.-based grocer enables shoppers and associates to recycle plastic bags and bottles conveniently at drop-off bins located by the entrances. Customers can also purchase reusable shopping bags for 99 cents each to cut down on the number of plastic bags used. More

Consumers could cut grocery bills by a third by purchasing store brands
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A new study of comparative prices on a range of everyday supermarket purchases reveals that shoppers could slash, on average, one-third off their grocery bills over a six-week period by purchasing store brand versions of 40 essential household items and pantry staples. More

Your iPhone can buy your groceries
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A recently launched iPhone app provides a glimpse into the future of shopping. Created by Modiv Media, the app lets customers scan items while they shop, presents them with personalized offers as they go, and speeds up their checkout. One of the first companies to deploy the app is Stop & Shop, which operates more than 375 supermarkets in the eastern United States. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website since 10 a.m. April 21 and as of 10 a.m. April 28:

  • DP #9, update #2.
  • DP #10, CONUS Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
  • DP #11, Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
  • DP #12, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
  • Suncare, July to Oct. Far East & Alaska Quantities.


None Received.

  • Adds/changes/deletes for week 11-17.
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
  • FY 11 Sales & Customers by Dept. by store by month and YTD through March 2011.
  • March 2011 vs. March 2010 region sales comparison.
July Summer Club Pack quantities: Draft quantities sent to the stores April 25. Quantities are due back to the MBU COB on May 9. Final quantities will be published May 13.

Fort Bliss Reset info from Mark Arland, DeCA: For those of you attending the Fort Bliss Commissary Reset, please coordinate with Mike Mena if you are going to be arriving before 9 a.m. on the first day of the set. His phone number is 915-568-1985, ext. 301 and cell is 915-603-2150.

Little Rock Commissary info from Charlie Dowlen, MBU: Here is the latest information from an email sent recently on the tornado that hit the Little Rock, Ark., area and how it is affecting the commissary.

Thanks, Charlie.

The Little Rock area was hit by a tornado recently, and the commissary has been without power for 12 hours. All employees are safe. The store reported damage to the roof. A field engineer is in route to the store and a generator is being transported from Memphis Commissary to Little Rock. It is expected that the store will reopen soon. The store also reported damage to cars in the parking lot and that the Exchange and installation housing received more serious damage, extent currently unknown.

New Buyer info received from Michelle Frost, DeCA chief, Semi-Perishable: The purpose of this notice is to announce to industry that Jon Sanders and Vicki Burgess have joined the Semi-Perishable Division. Sanders, who has extensive category buying experience, will be taking over the categories (household buyer) previously handled by Norman Apt. Sanders assumed his duties this week and will be taking over applicable vendor meetings. Burgess has returned to our team as the vendor receptionist and administrative assistant for the Marketing Business Unit. Burgess assumed her duties April 10. She is responsible for scheduling all buyer and category manager meetings.


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 Meetings

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

AAFES MCSS Seminar on June 6-10 in Minneapolis.

AAFES Power Zone Seminar from June 27 - July 1 in Orlando, Fla.

AAFES Jewelry Seminar on July 18-21 in Dallas.

ALA Hawaii Chapter Food Show on Aug. 14-20, in Honolulu.
(For more info, please contact Sharon at

Exchange News

Web ground zero in ongoing war on counterfeits
Department Store Retailing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The fashion world is going after bigger fish when it comes to counterfeits — and it's all because of the Internet. As the industry’s relationship with the Web morphs into one of both loving and loathing, companies are changing tactics in their fight against counterfeiters, who in turn are becoming increasingly sophisticated. More

In-store sales begin at home
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Determined to find the best deals, more shoppers are researching their grocery lists online before going to the store. For marketers, that means big changes in how and when they tempt consumers to buy. More

Pie plus
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Research indicates that even as they tighten up their budgets in other areas, consumers still are indulging in desserts. And, while cupcakes — in sizes from mini to gigantic — hold their popularity, pies and fruit tarts are gaining on them. More

The future of cigarettes
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Social pressures, anti-smoking laws and U.S. Food and Drug Administration enforcement put pressure on the industry's top-selling product. Convenience store operators whose cigarette sales simply are holding steady may consider themselves big winners as the industry comes to terms with shrinking demand for its No. 1 seller, higher retails, more anti-smoking bans and stepped-up regulatory compliance. More

As Walmart launches home delivery, smarter selling moves back home
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The moment to target consumers is shifting – backward, out of the store and back to the home. About 62 percent of shoppers research online deals before heading out to shop at least 50 percent of the time, according to survey results from Booz & Co. and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. More

Target joins EPA GreenChill program
Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target has joined the Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill program, in a move the retailer says will further reduce its emissions from refrigeration. GreenChill offers its partners an industry benchmarking system, greater access to EPA research, and help in developing environmental stewardship goals, in an effort to reduce refrigerants' impact on the ozone layer and climate change. More

Lowe's now carrying home energy monitors
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Evolving public interest in the "smart grid" and general interest in energy cost savings likely are contributing factors to the growing list of home energy monitors that are becoming available to consumers. A roadblock to more widespread adoption of these devices, however, is that they are not broadly distributed and, therefore, not as convenient to look at and purchase for many. More

Exchange Announcements

AAFES Europe commander biography: Col. Fredrick J. Hannah
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Col. Fredrick J. Hannah is a native of Havana, Fla. He graduated from Stillman College in 1989 with a degree in biology and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry Corps. Upon obtaining the rank of captain, he was branch detailed into the Quartermaster Corps.

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Quartermaster Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, Airborne, Air Assault and Rigger Schools.

Hannah currently is attending the U.S. War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. His most recent assignment was as commander, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. He served as commander of the organization for 34 months, including a 12 month deployment to Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom in 2008.

Other key assignments include: Joint staff officer, Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va; Operations Officer, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; battalion executive officer and later support operations officer, 4th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas (deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I); battalion executive officer, 409th Base Support Battalion, 100th Area Support Group, Vilseck, Germany; observer controller, Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany; operations officer, 553rd Corps Support Battalion, 64th Corps Support Group, 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas; commander, 157th Field Service Company, 553rd Corps Support Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas.

Hannah's first assignment following the Infantry Officer Basic Course was a rifle platoon leader in Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 18th Regiment, 197th Infantry Brigade (separate), Fort Benning, Ga., where he deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Hannah's awards and decorations include: The Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge and Rigger Badge.

Hannah is married to the former Linda Washington from Miramar, Fla., and they have three children: Tanika, Fredrick Jr. and Jalen.

Washington Update

Charles E. Milam: Principal director for Military Community and Family Policy
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Charles E. (Chuck) Milam, assumed the duties of principal director for Military Community and Family Policy in March.

A member of the Senior Executive Service, he is responsible for policy, advocacy and oversight of all community support to service members and families including quality of life issues; family and casualty assistance; morale, welfare and recreation programs; Military OneSource and Military HOMEFRONT Web sites; the Department of Defense Education Activity; and the Defense Department's commissary and exchange services.

Milam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and management from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science degree in international relations from Troy State University, Ala., and a Juris Doctor degree from British-American University, Colo. He is a graduate of the Air War College, the Federal Executive Institute, and the Defense Leadership and Management Program.

Milam began his career with civil service in 1980. Since that time he has held several air staff-level, major command and base-level positions in Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Services and Installation and Logistics organizations. His assignments have included Pirmasens and Zweibrucken Army posts, Lindsey Air Station and Ramstein Air Base, all located in Germany; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Vance Air Force Base, Okla.; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.; the Pentagon; and the U.S. Air Force Academy and Headquarters Air Force Space Command. Milam also served as the Air Force's representative on the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors from July 1998 through November 2003 and was most recently the Air Force's adviser to the U.S. Olympic Committee. Prior to his current assignment in Military Community and Family Policy, Milam was director of Air Force Services at the Air Force headquarters.

Milam is a two-time recipient of the Air Force Services Senior Civilian Manager of the Year award. Other awards and honors include the Exemplary Civilian Service Award, seven Meritorious Civilian Service Awards and the Armed Forces Recreation Society Executive Fellow Award.

Air Force Services Agency changes hands
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Col. Sandra Adams assumed command of Headquarters Air Force Services Agency during a change-of-command ceremony May 2009 at the officers club. During her address, Adams stressed that under her leadership the services agency will continue to meet the demands of its wartime mission and will remain dedicated to the needs of airmen and staff. "Our attention must remain squarely on the needs and wants of airmen and their families," she said. "We must also focus on our staff, providing opportunities for their growth." More

America's first moms
Parade    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, family comes first. That's why this month they're uniting to launch a campaign to provide support on the home front for the spouses and children of U.S. troops fighting overseas. More

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