$10 billion military retailer names new director and CEO
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Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs, Judd Anstey
After a rigorous process led by executive search firm Reffett Associates, Ltd, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Board of Directors has selected military and retail veteran Tom Shull to lead the Department of Defense's oldest and largest Exchange Service. Shull will be the first civilian Director and Chief Executive Officer in the nearly 117-year history of the $10 billion military retailer. The change, mandated by the DoD which instructed the conversion of the Exchange's Commanding General's assignment to a non-military position, means Shull will replace the Exchange's last uniformed Commander, Brig. Gen. Fran Hendricks.
This weekend marks the celebration of one of our nations' oldest and most honored days of reflection...Memorial Day. There is no more significant time in our history to pause and reflect on those that have sacrificed a great deal to protect freedom for America. This is a traditional time for families to gather and celebrate the greatness of America and those who serve around the world to reflect and protect our values as a nation. We must never forget the price of freedom and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It is a fitting time to reflect on our military, their families and what we ask of them. It is equally fitting that we reaffirm our unwavering support for our military and their families and pledge to ensure they are provided the best we can offer.
VA to host a job fair in Detroit...a chance to help:
Veterans Conference scheduled for July in Detroit
The Department of Veterans Affairs will host the National Veterans Conference in Detroit from June 25-29. The three major facets of this National Conference include: the National Veterans Small Business Conference, the Veterans Open house and a Veterans Hiring Fair. The VA for Vets program is sponsoring the Veterans hiring Fair, which will take place on June 26-28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The event will be held at Detroit's COBO Center, One Washington Boulevard, Detroit, Mich., 48226. For information on the overall conference, please visit www.nationalveteransconference.com.
VA sponsored the Department's first Vet Hiring Fair and Expo in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 18. This hiring event yielded successful results with more than 600 Veterans receiving tentative job offers. VCS partnered with ALA at this hiring event and I know many vendors were in attendance. We would like to invite you again to partner with VCS and demonstrate our joint commitment to Veterans who have given so much to our nation by providing Veterans with access to job opportunities within our organizations. In turn, VA will provide you with access to thousands of qualified Veterans to fill your vacancies.
The Detroit event is expected to generate significant national media coverage as 10,000 Veterans coverage on Detroit from the states of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania. VA's goal is to reaffirm meaningful employment opportunities in the public and private sectors.
I have attached an Employer's Prospectus for the Hiring Fair that includes the employer registration link. For your convenience the link is http://vaforvets.com/detroit/employer.
If you have any questions regarding this event or you need further information, you may contact:
Ken Freeman, VCS Associate Director, Resources and Support, at Kenneth.Freeman@va.gov or 314-845-1213; or Gina Byrd, Senior VCS Human Resources Specialist, at Gina.Byrd@va.gov or 314-845-1215. Both are located in Central Office.
You may also request additional information from the VA Central Office, by contacting Dave Thomas, Special Assistant to the Secretary, at DavidJ.Thomas@va.gov or 202-461-4873; or Mary M. Santiago, Director, Veterans Employment Service Office, at Mary.Santiago2@va.gov or 202-461-7759.
Thanks in advance for your participation.
Disney holds career expo for military veterans in Orlando
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Orlando Sentinel, Steven Ford
Earlier this year, the Walt Disney Co. announced its "Heroes Work Here" initiative designed to hire, train and support military veterans. And on May 24, Disney sponsored a veterans career expo in Orlando.
The preliminary moves surrounding the budget debate begin to take shape:
Obama: Military will remain strong with cuts
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The New York Times, Peter Baker
President Barack Obama recently vowed to keep the military strong even as he winds down the wars of the last decade and takes the budget knife to Pentagon spending in an age of increasing government austerity.
Obama makes case for defense cuts
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The Washington Times, Valerie Richardson
President Barack Obama recently made the case for his proposed defense cuts in his commencement speech at the Air Force Academy, calling for a leaner but better-prepared military ready to deal with a range of threats.
New study outlines how the military could create a leaner, less expensive force
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The New York Times, Thom Shanker
The war in Iraq is over. The war in Afghanistan is winding down. Today, the challenge facing the Pentagon is identifying the best military plans in an era to be defined by economic austerity. The world will be just as dangerous, but in different, even more unexpected ways, than in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks, when the Defense Department had a virtual blank check to pay for its programs.
CSIS: DOD likely faces cuts in $1.2-$1.5 trillion range
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Inside The Pentagon via Current Mil-Tech News, Christopher J. Castelli
The draw-down facing the Defense Department in the next decade will likely total $1.2-$1.5 trillion, exceeding the Budget Control Act's sequestration scenario, according to a new report that criticizes the Pentagon's failure to plan for the cuts as a high-stakes gamble.
Pentagon planners ordered to keep potential budget cuts from Congress
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The Washington Times, Rowan Scarborough
For Pentagon planners, automatic spending cuts slated to begin in January have become the $600 billion contingency they can't plan for. Military planners are under strict orders not to devise scenarios for meeting the demands of "sequestration," as the automatic, across-the-board spending reductions are called. Such paperwork, if leaked, would tell Congress there might be a way to deal with such drastic cuts.
Dempsey: It's the mission, not the money, that counts
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The Virginian-Pilot, Kate Wiltrout
Despite shrinking Pentagon budgets and political wrangling over defense-spending priorities, the nation's top military officer didn't mention money in a speech Wednesday in Virginia Beach. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it's more important to discuss missions and capabilities than to bicker over how big the military should be.
Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association
Defense contractors eye cuts to jobs, plants
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Defense contractors already are preparing for the layoffs and plant closures that will occur if Congress fails to reach a deal on the federal deficit this year, triggering $600 billion in automatic Pentagon spending cuts. "We are running towards a cliff, all telling each other like lemmings that somehow this isn't going to happen," said Marion C. Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association. "But the cliff is coming up." More
Mental illness is the leading cause of hospitalization for active-duty troops
The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have spent almost $2 billion since 2001 to buy drugs to treat mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder despite growing evidence some of those drugs exacerbate PTSD symptoms, a Nextgov investigation shows. In addition, military research recently released highlighted that Defense faces what one Army clinician called an epidemic of mental illness. More
Hampton VA hospital to be test bed for medical-record sharing
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The Obama administration has selected the Hampton VA Medical Center and a site in San Antonio as launch points for a massive medical record-sharing program between the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense. More
Leader vows to protect forces
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Special operations forces were the first troops on the ground in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks. They have been there ever since and have been deployed to dozens of countries in a multitude of high-profile, high-danger situations including the killing of Osama bin Laden and the rescue of hostages held by Somali pirates. More
As the Army downsizes, soldiers eye transition
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The Army trained Roxanne Johnson to drive a forklift, but now she's planning for life in the civilian world as a registered nurse. Was Army training a waste of time? Not in the least, she said. "You learn a lot of discipline," said the 20-year-old Utah native, now based at Fort Eustis. "You really learn who you are. Because I've been in the Army, I've learned that I am outgoing, I am quick to learn and I love learning new things." More
Largest supermarket chains contract fresh formats grow
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Safeway, Kroger Co. and Supervalu closed dozens more traditional stores than they opened last year, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, continuing a trend that has seen them collectively shed hundreds of locations in recent years. At the same time, operators at both the high and low end — including Supervalu's Save-A-Lot discount banner — have continued adding new stores and remain committed to aggressive expansion. More
Kraft Singles, Weber team for better summer grilling
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Since a national survey from Kraft Singles found that cleaning the grill tops the list of hated household chores, the brand has joined forces with Weber-Stephen Products LLC, the world's leading manufacturer of outdoor gas and charcoal grills. "The perfect grilling experience really comes down to timing," explained Kevin Kolman, grilling expert at Palatine, Ill.-based Weber. "Something as simple as when you put the cheese on your burger, for example, can mean the difference between a quick cleanup or a daunting mess." More
Survey ranks customers' favorite grocery shopping destinations
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Giant-Landover and ShopRite are shoppers' two favorite supermarkets, according to results of a survey recently released. Shoppers ranked the deli, butcher and baker as the most important departments, and considered high-quality produce more important than high-quality meat, with long wait times in the checkout lines causing the most dissatisfaction. More
Getting into the mind of the male grocery shopper
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Grocery stores are not just for ladies anymore. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 41 percent of meals made at home are prepared by men and more and more men are taking over as the primary household grocery shoppers. Long gone are the days of June Cleaver as the primary customers for grocery stores. Men are increasingly taking over food shopping and becoming responsible for their families nutritional intake. In 2011, 30-50 percent of men were the primary grocery shoppers for their households. More
Albertsons Market customers learn to grill on the go
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Albertsons Market has implemented a unique in-store program that will allow customers to scan a QR code using their smartphones to get access to recipes with tips for grilling the best Steakhouse Choice cuts of meat. More
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., 24 May 2012.
DP #13, CONUS, Pacific and Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
DP #16, WW Promotion Package, Labor Day Bargains/Hispanic Heritage Month.
Severe Weather, Far East Quantities #3.
Thanksgiving/Christmas Seasonal – Cookies/Crackers/Fruit Cakes WW Promotion Package.
Thanksgiving/Christmas Seasonal – Super Bowl WW Promotion Package.
NOTICES TO TRADE
12-81, Store Reset Dates – Kodiak.
12-82, Store Reset Dates – Ft Hood 2.
12-83, Dead Stock Process, with 3 attachments.
Also posted under Doing Business with DeCA – Forms.
12-84, Bath Tissue Review Live Test Set Date.
12-85, RTE Cereal Review Live Test Set Date.
FY 2012 DeCA April Sales Data.
DeCA Manual 40-51, Grocery Department Operations, May 11, 2012.
DeCA Directive 40-5, Grocery Department Operations, May 11, 2012.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-21.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
SAVE THE DATES
June 19, 2012: Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
August 20–23, 2012: Hawaii Conference & Food Show
Survey: 80 percent of consumers actively looking for rebates
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Ninety-five percent of consumers are interested in products that come with rebates and 80 percent of consumers actively seek out rebate, according to an annual consumer survey by Parago, the largest rebate provider in the United States. More
Nordstrom in fashion with social media, mobile tech
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Selected by U.S. News as one of America's Most Connected Companies for its use of technology to expand shopping options, Nordstrom has been aggressive about snapping up promising Internet ventures to diversify its business and experiment with new retail platforms. Its social media strategy extends well beyond Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to an array of buzz-generating fashion and photo-sharing sites. Recognizing that its customers always want to stay connected, the company introduced complimentary Wi-Fi in its high-end department stores in 2010. More
4 ways retailers can fight showrooming
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The use of smartphones is proliferating at a rapid pace. In turn, showrooming the practice of researching merchandise in a retail store and then purchasing it elsewhere is also increasingly common. It is, understandably, a thorn in the retailer's side. More
Fuel prices trump unemployment as risk to retailers
Worries about fuel prices are trumping concerns about unemployment for U.S. retailers, according to a BDO USA study. Unemployment had been a larger retailer concern since 2009. More
Coty withdraws Avon bid
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Coty Inc. recently withdrew its $10.7 billion offer for Avon Products Inc., concluding its high-profile effort to take over a struggling larger rival. Fragrance maker Coty said in a letter to Avon's board it was moving on to pursue other opportunities, after Coty said the door-to-door beauty seller didn't explain to Coty why it was taking more time to respond to its proposal. (Subscription required.) More
Golf Town to buy Golfsmith for $97 million in US move
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Golf Town, the Canadian golf retailer owned by Omers Private Equity Inc., agreed to buy Golfsmith International Holdings Inc. for about $97 million to expand in the U.S. The cash transaction may be completed in the third quarter, the companies recently said in a statement. The price of $6.10 a share is 30 percent higher than Austin, Texas-based Golfsmith's closing price on May 11. More
Best Buy chairman to resign after probe
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Best Buy Co. founder Richard Schulze will step down as chairman next month after an internal probe found that he didn't alert other directors that his handpicked successor as chief executive, Brian Dunn, was allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a female employee. (Subscription required.) More
US retail sales cool after warm-weather spree
Retail sales rose in April at the slowest pace of the year as Americans took a break from a shopping spree induced by unseasonably warm weather in prior months and an earlier Easter holiday. The 0.1 percent gain followed a 0.7 percent increase in March, Commerce Department figures recently showed in Washington. The April advance matched the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey. More
Staples' successful, uncomplicated strategy
A Forbes contributor reports that "the majority of analysts (66.7 percent) rate Staples as a buy. This compares favorably to the analyst ratings of its nearest eight competitors, which average 34.5 percent buys." More
With smartphone-assisted shopping, how you shop depends on where you shop
Recently, Nielsen put hard numbers to how consumers like to shop with their smartphones, backing up trends we already suspected to be the case. In particular, the new report examines how consumers use their phones when shopping out there in the real world using phones to compare prices, scan barcodes and even redeem coupons. Not surprisingly, how you use your phone has a lot to do with where you're shopping and what you're shopping for, says Nielsen. More
Sam's Club to launch online pet care portal
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Sam's Club has signed a deal with Triad Retail Media to provide pet care information on its website, Triad said. The companies are launching Pet Central on SamsClub.com and are partnering with Louise Murray, author of the book "Vet Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Protecting Your Pet's Health" and head of the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York, to develop social media content focus on caring for pets. More
7-Eleven on its way to a record growth year
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7-Eleven Inc. is on track to have a record growth year with plans on the drawing board to add more units than it did in 2011 a number that came in at 4,600 stores worldwide. Approximately 600 additional stores were built, acquired or transitioned from another business to the 7-Eleven banner in the United States and Canada alone in 2011. The convenience store retailer plans to surpass that stat by adding at least 630 new stores to its portfolios in those two countries by the end of the year. More
NRF launches 60-Day campaign for sales tax fairness
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Recently, the National Retail Federation launched a 60-day effort to convince Congress to take action on sales tax fairness. As retailers are all-too-well aware, online merchants are not required to collect sales tax on the majority of their sales, giving them a significant price advantage over local retailers. Unfortunately, lawmakers and the public aren't as attuned to this issue as those who are in the industry. More
Strong Wal-Mart profit trumps bribery probe concerns
Wal-Mart Stores Inc's profit and sales surpassed expectations as more people shopped at its established U.S. stores and spent more, pushing shares up more than 4 percent despite ongoing internal and government probes into possible bribery. More
Survey: 40 percent of smartphone owners redeem coupons on mobile devices
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Among 3,312 U.S. adults ages 18 years and older surveyed by Harris Interactive on behalf of CouponCabin, 40 percent of smartphone users said they have redeemed a coupon on their mobile device. When it came to frequency, nearly one-third (29 percent) of smartphone users searched for coupons on their device at least once a month, with 40 percent of U.S. adults ages 18 to 34 years doing the same. More
Retailers rethink stores to fight online competition
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U.S. retailers believe this life left in their brick-and-mortar stores and they're trying new ways of making them more inviting by pampering customers — both the two- and four-legged kinds. PetSmart Inc, for instance, will offer overnight dog accommodations at more stores. Macy's Inc is offering a "virtual concierge" kiosk and handbag maker Coach Inc is opening up dozens more men's sections this year. More
Save the date!
June 25: ALA New York Chapter Golf Event
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Commanders Cup Golf outing images
Click here to view the 2012 Golf Tournament slideshow presentation online.
Scholarship award ceremony in memory of Murry Greenwald
Fisher House Foundation sponsored the Scholarships for Military Children recipient at Billy Mitchel Field, Garden City, New York in memory of Murry Greenwald. The commissary store director has scheduled the ceremony to award the scholarship to recipient Connor Gray for Wednesday, June 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the Billy Mitchel Field Commissary. Jim Weiskopf will represent Fisher House Foundation, and many from the staff of Exchange and Commissary News plan to attend. Other ALA members or friends of Murry's are also welcome to attend the ceremony.
On behalf of the Commander, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions and assignments. Please join me in congratulating these deserving associates:
Paula Bradford PB 5A General Manager (Dual), Buckley AFB Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5B Store Manager (Main Store), Travis AFB Exchange, Western Region in June 2012.
Carrie Cammel PB 4F Store Manager (Main Store), Aviano AFB Exchange, Europe Region to the position of PB 5A General Manager (Dual), Lajes AFB Exchange, Europe Region in June 2012.
Charles Estrada PB 4F Business System Analyst III (S), Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Financial Analysis Manager, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in May 2012.
David Fankhauser PB 4F Area Loss Prevention Manager III, Lackland AFB Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5A Inquiries and Analysis Manager, Loss Prevention Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2012.
Kallie Jenkins PB 4F HR Communications Specialist, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Senior Policy Specialist, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ in May 2012.
Angela Mauras PB 4F General Manager (Dual), Charleston AFB Exchange, Eastern Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (Main Store), MacDill AFB Exchange, Eastern Region in June 2012.
Pete Mejia PB 4F Production Control Supervisor, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Information Technology Install and Maintenance Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in May 2012.
Ronald Mendelsohn PB 4F Business Analyst III (S), Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Senior Business Analyst (S), Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in May 2012.
Angela Polk-Davis PB 4F Auditor II, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Auditor III, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in June 2012.
Jeffery Willis PB 4F General Manager, Cannon AFB Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5A General Manager, Ft. Huachuca, Western Region in August 2012.
Jerry Broccoli Director Worldwide Branding, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Director of Logistics Planning and Technology, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in April 2012.
Robert Carter Financial Analysis Manager, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Treasury Analyst, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in April 2012.
Steven Donelson Assistant Controller, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Europe Region to the position of Assistant Controller CONUS, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2012.
Thomas Gross Area Manager (Deploy), Afghanistan, Europe Region to the position of Area Manager, Western Region DS: Ft. Sam Houston in October 2012.
Preston Huddy Chief Exchange Fleet Operations, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Distribution Center Manager I, Logistics Directorate, South East Distribution Center in August 2012.
Edgar Hughes Senior Policy Program Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Planning, Allocation, Replenishment Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in March 2012.
Deodatta Nabar Forecast Manager (Retek), Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Senior Policy Program Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in March 2012.
Jason Rakestraw Director of Logistics Planning and Technology Division, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of Director Worldwide Branding, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ in April 2012.
Bret Thibodeau Distribution Center Manager I, Logistics Directorate, South East Distribution Center to the position of Chief Exchange Fleet Operations, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in August 2012.
Congratulations! Please disseminate to our Exchange family.
Susan I. Simone
Senior Vice President
Corporate Partnerships overview
The U.S. Army Family and MWR's Corporate Partnerships division assists corporations interested in targeting the military market by offering an array of sponsorship and advertising opportunities that deliver a measurable return on investment for clients. The Corporate Partnerships Division partners with marketing agencies, brand managers and entertainment properties to bring exciting promotions and events to more than 100 Army installations and more than 3.7 million soldiers, family members, civilians and retirees around the world.
The Family and MWR Corporate Partnership Division can customize an advertising or sponsorship package to achieve your corporation's goals and objectives. Packages may include visual identification on event/promotional collateral, sponsor acknowledgements through press releases, radio and cable television; event hospitality; and onsite activation which provide product/service tie-ins, displays, demonstrations, promotional giveaways and sampling opportunities. Join the ranks and associate your brand with the strength of the U.S. Army.
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Chandler breaks biscuits with World Class Athlete Program soldiers
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Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III recently gained insights into Olympic training from Installation Management Command soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. At first, the Army's most senior enlisted soldier had to ask soldier-athletes to join him across the main table at Wolf Dining Facility for breakfast on May 4. "Lester, you didn't think you were going to be doing this, did you?" Chandler asked Spc. Justin Lester as he settled in with his tray. "No, not at all, sergeant major," said the second-year soldier, with a grin. Within minutes, however, they were getting along like best friends. More
Military families get free passes to national parks
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From Alcatraz Island to Zion National Park, soldiers and their families can visit more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests and other public lands around the nation this year, without paying entry fees. Beginning Armed Forces Day, May 19, active-duty and activated Guard and Reserve service members can pick up the new military version of the "America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass." More