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2014 Year in Review
As 2014 comes to a close, ALA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ALA Executive Briefing a look at the Top 20 most accessed articles from the year, as well as a message from our President Patrick Nixon. We will split these in two issues. Top articles 1-10 will publish Dec. 26 and the top articles 11-20 will publish Jan. 2. Our regular publication will resume Friday, January 9, 2015.
Holiday message 2014:
During this season of joy, thanksgiving and celebration, I want to extend my sincere thanks and the thanks of our military and their families for your dedicated support and caring for our brave men and women of the United States Military. In the grand scheme of things the percent of business most companies do in the military resale business channel does not even make it into the discussions in the Board rooms and marketing meetings of our member companies. It is the dedication of the few that do the missionary work to educate the business world about the importance of the number one customer in the world and the untiring work that goes on to promote, protect and enhance their shopping benefit.
The holiday season is especially difficult for those who can not spend it with their families. After all the troops sacrifice their holidays so we can safely enjoy ours. We can never thank them enough for what they do for us but we can get up every day and fight for their benefit and make sure the promises made are not forgotten. The troops that defend our freedom represent 1 percent of our population but they fight 100 percent of the battle to maintain our freedoms. That is enough to motivate me. Happy Holidays to all ...
10. Hagel to troops: Proposed cuts to compensation helps ensure readiness
From Feb. 28:
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently told hundreds of troops that the historic reductions in military compensation he proposing is, in part, an effort to keep them safe. A day after announcing the first-ever rollback of housing allowance, a cut to military commissary subsidies and new Tricare fees for military families, Hagel visited two installations in Virginia and met with troops because he wanted to explain to them "face to face, as your Secretary of Defense ... why we made the decisions we made."
LtGen Jack Klimp to address ALA members on The Assault on Military Benefits
From Oct. 10:
As mentioned in last week's ALA Executive Briefing, the National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS), a Coalition valued associate, is continuing to warn its members that EARNED benefits are under attack. NAUS has been warning about the coming "Assault on Military Benefits" since 2011 and recently released a report addressing this issue. We are pleased that LtGen Jack Klimp, NAUS President and CEO, will be our keynote speaker during our Annual Convention. As he states in the report, "Listening to top senior defense officials, one would believe that the greatest threat to national defense is service members earned benefits."
Obama push to hire veterans into federal jobs spurs resentment
The Washington Post
From Sept. 19:
President Barack Obama's push to hire military veterans for jobs across the government is fueling resentment in federal offices, as longtime civil servants and former troops on the other side of the cubicle increasingly question each other's competence and qualifications.
McCain and McCaskill at SASC: A McNightmare scenario for Pentagon?
From Nov. 14:
The incoming chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee wants to crack down on over-priced weapon programs and shake up SASC's subpanels.
Exchange-Commissary Merger eyed to stem store crisis
From April 4:
Crowds that shop daily in base commissaries and exchanges perhaps are oblivious to a confluence of forces threatening to dismantle their multibillion dollar resale systems. Thomas C. Shull, chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, is not, which helps to explain his March 17 memo proposing a merger of commissaries with exchanges to try to save both.
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Army shifting thousands of soldiers to Fort Meade
From July 11:
As the Army works on plans to downsize over the next five years, Fort George G. Meade is getting ready to add about 4,000 servicemen and women. Col. Brian P. Foley, garrison commander, said the preliminary estimate makes Fort Meade one of a handful of Army installations that will grow instead of contract by the end of the decade.
Chairman McCain: Industry girds for a 'maverick' armed services panel
From Nov. 14:
"He's coming for all of us," said the serious voice on the other end of a late-afternoon call. That was the assessment of one lobbyist when asked about the scariest thing to the defense sector since sequestration: Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman Sen. John McCain.
DeCA announces changes in 4 leadership positions
Defense Commissary Agency
From Aug. 15: Defense Commissary Agency Director and Chief Executive Officer Joseph H. Jeu announced changes in four senior leadership positions within the Sales, Marketing & Policy Group. Changes take effect Aug. 10.
2. Poll: Troops fed up with politics
From Nov. 7:
Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Pettigrew feels like he should vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 4.
But he's completely dissatisfied with the options on the ballot. Results of the most recent annual Military Times Poll of more than 2,200 active-duty troops show growing frustration with gridlocked congressional politics, mirroring low approval ratings for national lawmakers in recent polls.
1. Army preparing for steep drawdown, losing patience with Congress
National Defense Magazine
From Aug. 8:
The Army is drawing up plans for how it would operate with nearly 100,000 fewer troops. The analysis will identify specific missions and duties the Army would no longer be able to do at that smaller size.
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