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President's Message

The loss of a friend:

Daniel Inouye, Hawaii's quiet voice of conscience in Senate, dies at 88
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The New York Times, Robert D. McFadden
Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, who went to Washington at the birth of his state in 1959, dominated public life in the Hawaiian islands for more than 50 years and became a quiet voice of national conscience during the Watergate scandal and the Iran-contra affair, died Dec. 17 in Bethesda, Md. A statement by his Washington office said he had died of respiratory complications at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. His last word was "aloha," the statement said.

ALA President Pat Nixon presents the Distinguished Service Award to Senator Inouye

White House:

Obama, Boehner move closer to 'cliff' deal
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The Washington Post, Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner moved close to agreement on a plan to avert the year-end "fiscal cliff," but they had yet to clear several critical hurdles, including winning the support of wary House Republicans. Obama and Boehner, R-Ohio, huddled at the White House for 45 minutes on Dec. 17 for their third conversation in the past five days.

Cabinet picks could be revealed Friday
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The Washington Post via Early Bird, Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan
President Barack Obama hopes to announce his new national security nominees Friday, but the date depends on the status of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, administration officials said.

Pentagon front-runner has strong Obama ties
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News, Lolita C. Baldor
Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is a contrarian Republican moderate and decorated Vietnam combat veteran who is likely to support a more rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Obama Expected to Name Kerry as Secretary of State
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The New York Times, David E. Sanger
President Barack Obama is leaning strongly toward naming John Kerry, the Massachusetts senator and unsuccessful Democratic nominee for president eight years ago, to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state, according to administration officials and friends of Kerry.

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Cliff talks avoid military health plan
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The Wall Street Journal, Dion Nissenbaum
Washington's budget negotiators are considering cost-saving changes in the nation's entitlement programs, with one notable exception: military health care.

Military families worried by US fiscal cliff cuts
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Jacksonville Daily News via Early Bird, Susanne M. Schafer
Emerging from more than a decade at war, military families are confronting a new worry at home: The prospect that a deal between Congress and the White House over federal spending cuts could chip away at military health insurance, pensions and other services long considered untouchable.

Drawdowns bring stricter regulations for troops
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Stars and Stripes via, Seth Robson
With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, troops can look forward to what peace is bringing: Breathalyzer tests, cigarette price hikes, tighter rules on conduct and appearance, a heavy emphasis on safety and a slower promotion track.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association

Washington Update

House, Senate reach agreement on defense bill
The Associated Press via Yahoo News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
House and Senate negotiators recently reached an agreement on a $633 billion defense bill that would tighten sanctions on Iran, increase security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya and presses the military on possible options to end the bloodshed in Syria. More

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Here are the issues directly impacting military resale
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Some significant items:
Section 671-680, Page 374 — Compensation Commission — (Our Economic Report will be very relevant to this as we input to the commission, and of course, was one of the principle reasons we undertook it because we knew this commission was coming).

Section 631, page 361 — 2 year extension of commissary and exchange benefits (We strongly advocated for this).

Section 651, page 366 — Reporting of overseas products sold (could impact Buy America)

They dropped the provision on donation of charitable items.

They dropped the provision establishing guidelines on the purchase of sustainable, local and recyclable items.

Also, they dropped House Section 803, prohibiting companies doing business with the US Government if they traded with countries designated as terrorist nations. Prohibition on contracting with persons that have business operations with state sponsors of terrorism.

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Commissary News

Shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area, custodial operations at the Fort Riley Commissary located in Fort Riley, Kansas
Federal Business Opportunities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Justification and approval for the Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Riley Commissary located near Junction City, Kan., for shelf stocking, receiving/storage/holding area and custodial operations. This justification is initiated to modify the existing Fort Riley contract to cover an additional six month extension commencing Dec. 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013. More

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Holiday grocery shopping survival tips
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Grocery shopping during the holidays can turn even a steadfast shopper into an anxious wreck. These tips help you streamline your trip to save time and money. More

Eco-friendly refrigeration could be coming to a supermarket near you
Greener Ideal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Currently, the refrigeration systems supermarkets in America use 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) as a refrigerate — HFCs are also known as "super greenhouse gases" that are hundreds or thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that each year, 25 percent of HFC's are leaking into the earth's atmosphere and that a single supermarket can produce the greenhouse gas emissions of 350 passenger vehicles. Now, environmentalists can rejoice as climate friendly refrigeration systems for supermarkets are now legally available in the United States. More


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Breakfast foods booming among US consumers
The Gourmet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The breakfast foods category has experienced solid growth during the recession, with a 20 percent sales increase in recent years — from $10 billion in 2007 to $12 billion in 2011 — according to the latest research from Mintel on the U.S. breakfast food market. "Eating at home to save money and the convenience of many products in the breakfast category likely aided in its impressive sales growth," said Carla Dobre-Chastain, food analyst at Mintel. More

Smoked, sliced, simplified ham
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For customers who want to present a premium meal but whose time is at a premium, Sarasota, Fla.-based Boar's Head recently introduced Spiral Sliced Applewood Smoked Boneless Ham, just in time for what the company calls "simplified holiday entertaining." More

Coupon use shows volatility
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Coupon redemption declined by almost 23 percent in the third quarter of 2012, compared with the same period last year, according to a report from Inmar, a technology company based in Winston-Salem, N.C. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., December 19, 2012.

Winter Club Pack, February Quantities.
DP #3, Alaska Quantities.
DP #4, Far East Quantities.
2013 Passover Package and Far East & Alaska Quantities.
2013 Father's Day Package.
2013 DP #6, WW Promotion Package, March Madness Sale/National Nutrition Month.

13-27, Images for Club Pack, Power Buy and Primary Items for Guard & Reserve On-site Sale Online Ordering System.
13-33, Frozen Vegetable Category Review.
13-35, Category Plan (Jan & Feb 2013 Category Review Templates).

Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-51.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

April 23, 2013: ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
April 24–26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.
June 18, 2013: ALA Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.

Exchange News

Air Force studies effects of highly popular, super-caffeinated drinks
Stars and Stripes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's no secret that energy drinks are the beverage of choice among some in the military. Last year, Monster Energy beat out Mountain Dew as the top-selling cold beverage in the Army and Air Force Exchange Service worldwide, according to AAFES officials. Amid growing concern about the effects of energy drink consumption, an Air Force researcher is conducting the service's first comprehensive study of energy drink usage among the force's active-duty and civilian personnel. More

Vitamin Shoppe to acquire Super Supplements
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Vitamin Shoppe announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the assets of Super Supplements, a specialty retailer of vitamin, mineral and supplements for approximately $50 million. More

Gift card sales to top $110 billion
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent report issued by CEB TowerGroup found that sales of gift cards will surpass $110 billion and spillage will drop 20 percent to $1.7 billion. Propelling gift card sales past the $100 billion dollar mark is an increase in open loop gift cards purchases like those offered by American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover ($40 billion), restaurant gift cards ($19 billion) and merchant cards ($36 billion). More

Study: Top retailers leave 73 percent of customer tweets unanswered
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
E-commerce and digital marketing company Acquity Group recently announced social media findings that revealed the vast majority of retailers don't respond to customer tweets. More

Wal-Mart selling Apple's iPhone 5 at big discount
Reuters via CNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart Stores recently said that it began selling Apple flagship iPhone 5 smartphone at a big discount in thousands of its stores. Wal-Mart said it is selling the 16 GB Apple iPhone 5 for $127, versus an original price of $189.97. The price is valid with a two-year contract from wireless carriers Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, the retailer added. More

For most consumers, plenty of holiday shopping left to do
TIME    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's an annual tradition: One day around mid-December, with clock ticking, it dawns on a large subset of consumers that they haven't even started trying to complete their holiday shopping lists yet. For retailers, the scramble for procrastinating shopper dollars begins now. More

5 holiday 2012 shopping observations that debunk conventional wisdom
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This holiday season, a lot of predictable trends are unfolding: Online retail is growing faster than brick-and-mortar shopping, consumers are increasingly doing in-store, product price comparisons from their smartphones, etc., etc. But there are some surprises. More

Why stores are finally turning on to WiFi
CNNMoney    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For years, retailers frowned on shoppers visiting their stores merely to scope out products before returning home and buying them online for less. The phenomenon became so common that it earned a name — showrooming. The practice has only expanded with the proliferation of smartphones. Shoppers can use them to quickly compare the price of a Fossil handbag, for example, with the same version on There's nothing store managers can do to stop them. The shoppers have won the war. More

NRF urges President Barack Obama to intervene in port negotiations
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The National Retail Federation recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama to express the retail industry's growing concern if a contract agreement isn't reached between the International Longshoremen's Association and the United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd. The two sides have been in negotiations, with the assistance of federal mediators, for the past few months with little demonstrable progress. The concern for a coast-wide strike is ever increasing. More

Wal-Mart, Kroger said to be among those bidding on Hostess
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart Stores and Kroger Co. are among the bidders for assets being sold by Hostess Brands, the bankrupt maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies, said a person familiar with the matter. There are about two dozen bidders, said the person, who asked not to be named because the process is confidential. More

Kleinhenz on holiday consumer trends, fiscal cliff
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefJack Kleinhenz, chief economist at the National Retail Federation, discusses holiday retail trends. Retail sales rebounded in November with purchases climbing 0.3 percent following an October decrease of 0.3 percent according to Commerce Department figures reported. Kleinhenz, speaking to Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line," also talks about the impact of U.S. congressional budget and debt negotiations on consumer spending. More

Future of retail may involve personalized shopping
NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
AudioBriefThis week, NPR explores the evolution of the American shopping experience. In the third installment in this series, Audie Cornish speaks with retail architect M.J. Munsell and retail consultant Bob Hetu about what shopping in the future will be like. More

Shoppers power through holiday lists
Marketing Daily via Media Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The average holiday shopper is more than halfway through his or her list, according to the latest from the National Retail Federation, with some 56.5 percent of his or her gifts already purchased. The Washington, D.C.-based trade group says that is a record high, and a big difference from research done at the same time last year, when only 46.5 percent had already purchased gifts at this time last year — and the percentage is the highest in the survey's 10-year history. More

Instant convenience: How same-day delivery and in-store pick up are transforming retail Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Same-day delivery and in-store pick up are not new concepts for retailers. But in 2012, these services are shifting how people shop in the United States. More

Online sales growth slows, but remains in double digits
Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Online growth rates this holiday season have stayed in double digits. (Subscription required.) More

Labor market brightens, consumers step up spending
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The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell sharply recently to a near four-year low and retail sales rebounded in November, hopeful signs for the struggling economic recovery. More

Retail stocks reveal holiday shopping trends
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Investors are quickly learning which retail stocks are being naughty or nice, revealing how Wall Street is betting the critical holiday season will turn out. Retail stocks in general have been relatively flat since the holiday shopping season started on Black Friday. Yet, keen investors are finding that below the tranquil surface are clear winners and losers, many of which underscore important retail trends. More

GOP slams Obama for refusing to cut from Social Security, Medicare to avoid 'fiscal cliff'
CBS New York    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the so-called "fiscal cliff" gets closer, there is still no agreement on taxes and budget cuts in Washington. No deal means everybody's taxes will go up in a little less than three weeks. "Let's be honest, we're broke," House Speaker John Boehner recently said. And with those words Boehner was off and running, attacking President Barack Obama for refusing to agree to cuts in government benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare as part of a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. More

Wendy's says value is on the menu for marketing next year
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Wendy's Co. said it will focus more on low-priced menu items next year to compete with McDonald's Corp. and other fast-food chains that are attracting more cost-conscious consumers. More

At holidays, retailers seize chance to test new formats
The Sun News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At GameStop Kids, shoppers might find plush "Super Mario" book bags and "Angry Birds" hats mixed in with the "Lego Star Wars" and other child-friendly video games, a mix meant to attract both serious "gamers" as well as those who have never played but want some gift-giving advice. That's by design, said executives of the video game chain, which is testing out the new, child-focused format as a way to appeal to new crowds of shoppers during the busiest time of year. More

This holiday season, the focus is on exclusivity
Retail's BIG Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dec. 1 was a big day. It marked the debut of the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection, a partnership between two highly regarded retail brands — one a mass merchandiser, the other a luxury purveyor — that will bring more than 50 limited edition designer products to each company's stores. More

Holiday shopping on the fly
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Airport shopping used to be mainly for the desperate or bored. But as airports seek to generate more revenue, they have been expanding their offerings of stores and other services, and some time-constrained business travelers now say they find gift-worthy items before their flights. More

Holiday retail hiring could break record set 12 years ago
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Holiday hiring by retailers is fast approaching a record set 12 years ago, according to a new analysis of government numbers. So far, retailers have added 619,700 seasonal workers in October and November, 19 percent more than the 512,600 holiday employees hired over the same period last year, according to consultancy firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. More

Shopping in the ever-expanding lap of luxury
Star Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There was a time when the obvious first stop for luxury shoppers was a famous department store like Saks Fifth Avenue or Bloomingdale's. Now those shoppers have ever-expanding options, whether that means hitting boutiques at upscale malls like Edina's Galleria or simply going online. Even Target, the master of cheap chic, is offering a Neiman Marcus line this holiday season. More

Retail imports to increase 3.9 percent in December despite port strike
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.9 percent in December despite a strike that closed the nation's largest port complex for the first few days of the month, but retailers are keeping a close watch on a possible strike on the East Coast and Gulf Coast, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report recently released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. More

Counterfeit checks net suspects more than $370,000
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Undercover officers tailed the three men as they went from store to store at Tanger Outlet Mall in Tilton, Maine, in summer 2011, watching them load up on high-end merchandise and carry armloads of bags to a rented Dodge Durango with Pennsylvania plates. Other officers lingered at the stores the men had left, calling the people whose names appeared on the checks the men had passed. One after another, they told police they didn't have accounts at the banks shown on the checks bearing their names. Minutes later, police arrested the trio, who have since agreed to plead guilty to being involved in a massive nationwide identity theft and check counterfeiting ring. More

Lower-income consumers hit hardest if US falls off fiscal cliff
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dollar stores and other retailers catering to lower-income consumers face the greatest risks if the U.S. falls off the fiscal cliff. Stores targeting the more affluent, meanwhile, would feel little pain as the country grapples with the higher taxes and deep government spending cuts scheduled for Jan. 1 if Washington doesn't agree to a new budget bill. More

Joining the retail technology dots to become the 'connected store' Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Holiday season notwithstanding, we've got international expansion on the brain, knowing what a key initiative this is for many online retailers especially as they plan for 2013. Last month, featured market expert and e-commerce veteran Angela Kapp in webinar to discuss what retailers need to know to breakthrough in the world's largest online market: China. More

Web outages are costly nightmares for retailers
Retail Customer Experience    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas mean big money for retailers, and with the increase in online shopping revenue, glitches in a retailer's website could be incredibly costly. Not only will an outage cause shoppers to be unable to make purchases, but also a faulty or poorly functioning website will turn off the consumer and likely lead them to a competitor. More

Survey: Return fraud to cost retailers $2.9 billion this holiday season
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Return fraud costs retailers billions of dollars every year in the form of criminals who return stolen merchandise, use counterfeit receipts, or even return items already worn and/or used that are not defective. According to NRF's 2012 Return Fraud Survey, completed by loss prevention executives at 60 retail companies, the industry will lose an estimated $8.9 billion to return fraud this year, and $2.9 billion during the holiday season alone. Overall, retailers estimate 4.6 percent of holiday returns are fraudulent. More

Retailers' layaway programs encourage shoppers, contradicting recent survey data
BankCreditNews    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Major retailers that offer cheaper, extended layaway programs successfully drew in holiday shoppers, despite several recent surveys that indicate otherwise. Wal-Mart, Toys 'R' Us and Sears announced in August that they would begin lowering and waiving layaway fees. The Texas-based H-E-B also launched its first free layaway program for items such as toys and electronics, San Antonio Express-News reports. More

Direct mail with mobile technologies is changing the way people shop this holiday season
United States Postal Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Direct mail remains a medium of choice for holiday shoppers and marketers alike. And enhanced with mobile and Web technologies like QR codes, personalized URLs and augmented reality, it's engaging consumers like never before. More

Amazon not slowed by sales taxes
RetailWire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's long been argued by retailers operating stores in states where doesn't collect sales taxes that the e-tailing giant has an unfair advantage because consumers can see that with them they can save perhaps 6-7 percent. But a funny thing has happened as more states work out deals for Amazon to collect sales taxes — the company continues to grow. More

Exchange Announcements

Exchange recognized as Top 100 Military Friendly Employer
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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service recently announced today that it has been designated a 2013 Military Friendly Employer® by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs. Criteria for the designation included a benchmark score across key programs and policies such as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service. More

Exchange associates shine in darkness of storm
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As the winds picked up and the torrential rains and flooding began, Exchange associates at the United States Military Academy were not fleeing the New York City area or hunkering down with family to ride out the storm. Instead, they, along with a team of logisticians, were preparing to put the Exchange's motto of "We go where you go" into action. More

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Save the dates:

Fisher House Tour Date Change
Dear confirmed attendees:
We have had to reschedule the visit to the Dallas VA Fisher House that was originally scheduled for 9 a.m., Jan. 9 to 9 a.m., Jan. 30. The change was necessary to resolve a scheduling conflict at AAFES.

Please note the new date. You need not reconfirm with me, but if you are not able to attend on the new date, please let me know.

Thank you, and we apologize for any inconvenience that might result from this change.

Happy holidays!


James D. Weiskopf
Vice President, Fisher House Foundation
Home: 13125 Willow Edge Court, Clifton, VA, 20124-1080
Office: 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD, 20850
Telephone: (Home) 703-378-5670; (Mobile) 202-607-1067

March 6-8, 2013 — All Exchange Round Table, Grand Hyatt, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport
Operation Come Back Home — Enjoy Your Benefit!
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March 6, 2013 — Bear Creek Golf Club
3500 Bear Creek Ct., Dallas, Texas, 75261
10 a.m. Shotgun Start
For more information, call Julie Fox at 469-221-4122, or email at
Registration forms and further details to follow at a later date.

April 23, 2013 — ALA/DeCA Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.

April 24–26, 2013 — ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.

Aug. 19-22, 2013 — 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2013 — 66th Annual Convention, Hyatt New Orleans, New Orleans, La.

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Washington Update

MG Jones to retire as innovative change agent for better
U.S. Army MWR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A silhouette photograph of a gear-laden Soldier walking into the desert sunset hangs on the office wall of Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones as a constant reminder of what drove him to serve 34 years in the U.S. Army. More

IMCOM leadership helps Bears and Texans honor military veterans
U.S. Army MWR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Leadership from the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, including LTG Mike Ferriter and CSM Earl Rice, recently participated in the Chicago Bears' annual tribute to military veterans during their Sunday Night Football game against the Houston Texans on Veterans Day at Soldier Field. More

U.S. Army MWR history
Wikipedia    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Morale, welfare and recreation programs did not exist from the founding of the Army in 1775 until the start of the twentieth century. During that 125 year plus time span there were unofficial and informal forms of troop support such as the tradesmen who provided meals, clothing, laundering and the trading posts which provided goods for purchasing. There was some limited Congressional oversight established in 1876 over "Post Traders." The establishment of the Army "PX" or Post Exchange, by Headquarters, Department of the Army followed in 1895, with oversight performed by the garrison commander's office and all profits were used to support recreational activities for the troops. More


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