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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only June. 17, 2011
Executive Briefing

President's Message

ALA Congressional Caucus:

This year's ALA policy forum conducted June 14 at the Rayburn House Office Building was a standing-room-only event attended by more than 100 leaders and key decision makers in the military resale business channel. The event was fast paced and well ordered to focus on the key issues facing the nation, Department of Defense and military resale in the immediate future and long term. Key congressional members who participated included Congressman Norm Dicks (ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee), Chairman Joe Wilson (Military Personnel Subcommittee), Congresswoman Susan Davis (ranking member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee), Chairman Randy Forbes (Readiness Subcommittee), Congressman Walter Jones (Military Personnel Subcommittee), Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers (Co-Chair, Congressional Military Family Caucus) and Congressman Allen West (Military Personnel Subcommittee). DOD presentations included a great lecture and Q-and-A session with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Gordon and an informative update on base access from Col. Mark DiCarlo from the Pentagon. Kudos to Steve Rossetti for organizing the best-attended and most informative session in recent history. Additional information on presentations and session photos will be posted as soon as available.


Senate panel approves Panetta for Defense secretary
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National Journal, Sara Sorcher
The Senate Armed Services Committee approved CIA chief Leon Panetta to be the next Secretary of Defense in a unanimous voice vote. The widely expected move immediately was reported to the floor following the committee's action. The confirmation is expected this month.

Panetta supports cuts while maintaining 'core elements'
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Bloomberg News, Tony Capaccio
The days of "large growth, unlimited defense budgets are over," Leon Panetta said in testimony during his confirmation hearing to become U.S. defense secretary.

Another round of sweeping reform:

Biden to unveil new plan to cut government waste
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Government Executive, Joseph Marks
The vice president's initiative will draw from Recovery Act efficiency efforts.

A challenge and an opportunity:

Adm. Mullen: Local groups need to take lead on services for military families
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Government Executive, Kellie Lunney
Local communities nationwide, not Washington, must take the lead on providing a strong network of support for service members and their families, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a recent event.

Military retailers seek key to luring shoppers back
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Army Times, Karen Jowers
No other retailer cares more about or does more for troops and their families than commissaries and exchanges, military retailers say.

Defense Budget:

Gates outlines US budget options
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Defense News, Kate Brannen
In his last appearance before Congress, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates identified four areas where the Pentagon can look to find $400 billion in savings through 2023.

House appropriators cut $8.9 billion from Pentagon request
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Defense News, Kate Brannen
The House Appropriations Committee cut $8.9 billion from the Pentagon's 2012 budget request, according to the panel's defense appropriations bill, which was released a day before lawmakers met to mark up the legislation.

House cuts funding for military construction
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Federal Times, Andy Medici
A new hospital for Joint Base Andrews, Md., is one of four large military construction projects the Obama administration says would be delayed under a bill the House passed recently.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Panetta's confirmation appears safe
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The presumptive new leader of the Pentagon, Leon E. Panetta, offered almost no specifics at his Senate confirmation hearing on how he'll oversee the war in Afghanistan, saying it was up to others in the Obama administration to decide how many troops to begin withdrawing next month. More

Navy crew welcomed to Malibu for shore leave
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The destroyer John Paul Jones was making the Navy's first-ever port call in Malibu, Calif., and giving its 270-member crew shore leave there for the weekend. The community-organized Navy Days is offering sailors free shuttle rides in the 26-mile-long city, beach volleyball and kayak excursions, and discounts at shops and restaurants. More

Gilbert wins military prize
The Arizona Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gilbert, Ariz., has won a Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for supporting employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. More

New 'unfunded' benefits can hurt vets
The Kitsap Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Last year, even as the once steady stream of extra dollars for the Department of Veterans Affairs slowed to a trickle, lawmakers continued to add new programs. Veteran groups are getting nervous. They worry that VA, burdened with new "unfunded mandates," has no other choice but to launch these new programs and pay for them by dipping into dollars needed for other services. More

OPM: Pay raises not a given
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Director John Berry reminds agencies that mediocre employees should not receive automatic step increases. More

Military reserves seize new role
POLITICO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
When Lt. Col. Bill Korsen enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1986, the nation's Reserve forces were a pool of strategic manpower: a place where troops drilled once each month, went to summer camp for two weeks a year and wondered whether they'd ever be called up. More

Udall introduces Pentagon fuel efficiency bill
The Pueblo Chieftain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Requiring the Department of Defense to use energy-efficient technology in its buildings and vehicles is the central point of legislation Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., introduced recently. More

For incoming Defense chief, no easy answers on budget cuts
National Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The cost of maintaining the U.S. presence in Afghanistan will remain high even after troop withdrawals begin. More

Pentagon to prioritize energy use in acquisition
Defense News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The Pentagon has unveiled a comprehensive strategy that will change the way the U.S. Department of Defense manages and uses energy on the battlefield and will make energy a factor when acquiring weapons. More

Pentagon: No more big defense mergers
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The Department of Defense will try to stop consolidation among the nation's biggest weapons contractors, who are bracing for potentially far-reaching cuts in defense spending because of the nation’s yawning budget deficit, a top Pentagon official said in an interview. More

Commissary News

Op-Ed: Our lefty military
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As we look for a model of liberal values, such as investing in people and guaranteeing them health care, why not turn to the United States military? More

Winn-Dixie reintroduces bottled water to benefit Wounded Warrior Project
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Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. said it reintroduced an own-brand commemorative bottled water to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For every 24-pack sold through the Independence Day weekend, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based retailer will donate 10 cents to the organization, up to a total of $100,000. More

US Army lifts raw vegetable warning in Germany after source of E. coli pinpointed
Stars and Stripes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The easing of European restrictions on tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce means commissaries, dining facilities and restaurants at U.S. military bases may resume serving those fresh vegetables. More

Science-based gluten-free label unveiled
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Responding to growth and both consumer and industry demand, a new science-based, gluten-free certification program now is available from organic certifier Quality Assurance International and the health care nonprofit National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. More

Dieters duped by food names
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What's in a name? Plenty, according to a University of South Carolina study in the Journal of Consumer Research that found dieters eager to make good food choices are more at risk of being misled by food names than non-dieters. More

Study: Commissaries generate quarter of foodservice purchases
CSNews Foodservice Retailing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Commissaries account for a quarter of all foodservice purchases in convenience stores and supermarkets, according to a new study released by consulting and research firm Technomic. Otherwise known as central kitchens and meal assemblers, commissaries have become more popular and crucial to meeting the consumer demand for fresh prepared foods, the company stated. More

Grocery shoppers continue to spend less, embrace private label
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Grocery shoppers are as stingy as ever, making fewer store trips and spending less, while warming to private labels and aggressively seeking deals and discounts. Burdened by high gas prices and sluggish economic trends, only 23 percent of shoppers expect to spend more this year compared with 2010, while 13 percent will cut their budgets and 63 percent will spend about the same. More

Apples top most pesticide-contaminated list
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Apples are at the top of the list of produce most contaminated with pesticides, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group, a public health advocacy group. Its seventh annual report analyzed government data on 53 fruits and vegetables, identifying which have the most and least pesticides after washing and peeling. For produce found to be highest in pesticides, the group recommends buying organic. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website:

  • Winter cocoa/cider program.
  • DP #13, Update #1.
  • Thanksgiving/Christmas non-food promotion package.
  • DP #14, Alaska promotion and shipper quantities.
  • Summer Club Pack CONUS/August quantities and Alaska 7 Far East September quantities.

  • 11-77, DeCA brand name fresh chicken merchandising program.
  • 11-82, cancellation of category review for analgesics/cough/cold/sinus.

  • Adds/changes/deletes for week 11-24.
  • Guard & Reserve on-site sale schedule updates.
  • CRV values as of June 12.
  • PLU codes updates.

ALA Meetings

2011 ALA/DeCA Hawaii Conference & Food Show
ALA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For details on any of our events, visit our Web page at

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

64th Annual Convention: Oct. 3-5, Orlando World Marriott Center, Orlando, Fla. Watch for registration information.

Exchange News

Kroger, Walmart, Target best category managers
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kroger, Walmart and Target have maintained their positions as the top three retailers in terms of category management best practices, according to manufacturer participants in Kantar Retail's 2011 Category Leadership Benchmarking study. More

Cautious consumers could see lower prices ahead
The Associated Press via Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers are spending cautiously in the face of still-high gasoline and grocery prices and restraining the economy's growth. But some relief could be on the way: Wholesale food prices dropped last month by the most in a year. And motorists likely will face less expensive gasoline prices this summer. More

Lowe's to curtail store expansion, pay shareholders
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the recent Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York, Lowe's Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Niblock revealed the company's lagging performance was not because of the retailer conceding market share to its rival Home Depot but because of sales from new stores cannibalizing business from older outlets. More

Is this the future of food guides?
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the success of films like "Food Inc.," books such as "Fast Food Nation" and shows like "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," people everywhere are starting to learn more about the food system. But what about the specific foods we eat? More

Exchange Announcements

NEXCOM District realignment
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Effective June 15, the Great Lakes Complex has shifted its reporting responsibilities from the Western District to the Northeast/Capital District based in Washington, D.C. The Northeast/Capital District has been renamed the Northern District.

The Exchange named to list of most valuable employers for military
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For the second consecutive year, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has been recognized by as a Most Valuable Employer for military members. The MVE list serves to help military-experienced job seekers identify the top employers to target for civilian careers.

"It is an honor to once again be recognized as a top employer for those with military backgrounds," said the Exchange's service senior vice president of Human Resources, James Moore. "It validates our team's tireless efforts to hire and train people who share our commitment to the military communities we so proudly serve."

MVEs are selected annually based on those employers whose recruiting, training and retention plans best serve military service members and veterans.

Washington Update

Gold Star Mothers honored, children's sacrifices not forgotten
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the past five years Gilbert Munoz of Tucson and his wife, Mary, have been trying to cope with the death of their son, Capt. Gilbert Anthony Munoz. Anthony died Feb. 9, 2005, just two days after his first wedding anniversary. More

Sill Main Exchange gives $1.36 million to FMWR
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The check was symbolic, but it represented real money that will go into programs and construction for soldiers and their families. When the amount of $1.36 million was handed to officials at Fort Sill, they received a boon to programs and construction projects for military families. More

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