ALA Executive Briefing
Feb. 10, 2012

US Air Force reveals budget cut details
Aviation Week
The U.S. Air Force is proposing to cut 123 fighters and 133 airlifters as it manages spending reductions triggered by a flattening defense budget and declining operational demands. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, at an Air Force Association event in Washington on Feb. 2, previewed more details of the USAF portion of the fiscal 2013 budget request that comes out Feb. 13.More

Proposed AF Guard, Reserve cuts meet resistance
Air Force Times
VideoBriefThe Air Force's Guard and Reserve components will take a big hit in terms of personnel if the service gets its way — staffing levels would be cut by 6,000 in fiscal 2013, and aircraft levels would also be reduced. The Air Force recently announced which units and aircraft will be trimmed from the service in coming years. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said the changes will affect all 50 states.More

GOP Senators: Save defense, scale back federal workforce
The Wall Street Journal
Defense — and how much to cut it — is shaping up as an important campaign issue. Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl and several of their colleagues said they would introduce legislation to offset Pentagon spending cuts that would kick in early next year as a consequence of the 2011 deficit-reduction deal. Their plan? Scale back the federal workforce, and keep a federal pay freeze in place.More

TRICARE for retirees targeted in budget cuts
Kitsap Sun
As defense budgets grew over the past decade, Congress shrugged off complaints of runaway military health costs and blocked every proposal from the Bush administration to raise TRICARE fees sharply on retirees. Defense budgets have stopped rising, however, and Defense officials now are sounding more confident that Congress will follow last October's $5-a-month bump in TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for working-age retirees with more substantial fee increases for retirees of all ages. More

Winn-Dixie promotes 'Valentine's Surf & Turf'
Supermarket News
For shoppers celebrating Valentine's Day at home, Winn-Dixie Stores will be making cooking easy with instructions for a special "Valentine's Surf & Turf Meal." The step-by-step meal instructions, given by a Winn-Dixie executive chef, will be accessible via mobile QR codes and a website, www.winn-dixie.com/GiveLove, the retailer said in a release.More

General Mills, Atari partner on '80s retro cereal boxes
Progressive Grocer
Big G cereals are bringing back retro-themed packaging for the fifth time, '80s style, on boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs and Lucky Charms. Through mid-March, while supplies last, these limited-edition Big G cereal boxes will be available exclusively at Target stores.More

Stretch your dollars at the grocery store
St. George Daily Spectrum
Some may argue that the cost of food is going up and is becoming less affordable overall. That may be true — especially if you eat out a lot. However, many simple, healthy meals can be prepared on a tight budget — at home. The following are some suggestions that can help you stretch your food dollar at the grocery store — especially if you are willing to cook from scratch.More

Bread ranks No. 1, potato chips No. 10 on CDC ranking of dietary sources of salt
The Washington Post
Bread and rolls are the No. 1 source of salt in the American diet, accounting for more than twice as much sodium as snacks like potato chips and pretzels. That surprising finding comes in a government report recently released that includes a list of the top 10 sources of sodium. Salty snacks actually came in at the bottom of the list compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More

Cargill's Conway: Era of low food prices has come to end
Bloomberg Businessweek
The era of low food prices has come to an end, and speculators are an "essential" part of the markets, said Cargill Inc.'s vice chairman, Paul Conway. More

Retailers deliver solid sales gains for January
The Associated Press via The News & Observer
Americans were shopping in January, but not every store was feeling the love. Retailers reported mixed sales results for the month in a sign that U.S. consumers continue to be cautious about when and where they spend their money in the shaky economy.More

Lowe's announces employee training program with National Kitchen and Bath Association
Kantar Retail
Lowe's will partner with the National Kitchen and Bath Association to educate and train Lowe's employees who specialize in kitchen and bath projects. The program will enable Lowe's associates to earn NKBA certifications to enhance their work in the kitchen cabinets, counter tops and fashion plumbing departments, as well as in interior project advice.More

Best Buy rewards mobile phone purchase with $50 gift card
Kantar Retail
Best Buy will give a $50 gift card to customers who register and then purchase and activate mobile phones at the retailer by year-end. Shoppers have until Feb. 12 to register their phone numbers at www.bestbuy.com/phonefreedom.More

Report: Amazon to open store
Chain Store Age
Amazon plans to open a store in its Seattle hometown to display and sell its growing line of electronic devices, reported Reuters, which cited industry blog Good E-Reader as its source.More

Survey: US consumers more upbeat about finances, job prospects
Chain Store Age
Recent survey results by Nielsen found that nearly 49 percent of U.S. online consumers believe their personal finance prospects will be good or excellent over the next 12 months.More

Wal-Mart to label healthy foods
The New York Times
As part of its promise last year to improve the nutritional quality of the food it sells, Wal-Mart recently said it had devised standards to determine what is healthy and would label the foods that meet those standards. The new label, bright green with the words Great for You, will first appear on the retailer's own Great Value and Marketside food items this spring, as well as on signs around fresh fruits and vegetable displays.More

Coca-Cola 4th-quarter profit falls on charges; adjusted results beat Wall Street expectations
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Coca-Cola Co.'s fourth-quarter net income dropped 71 percent, weighed down by restructuring charges and other costs. But the beverage maker's adjusted results topped Wall Street's expectations.More

McDonald's shows healthy sales growth in US and abroad
USA Today
McDonald's recently said a key revenue figure climbed 6.7 percent in January as U.S. customers spent more on breakfast, beverages and its new Chicken McBites. The U.S. accounts for about 31 percent of McDonald's revenue. Europe, which accounts for 40 percent of revenue, is McDonald's largest market.More

QuikTrip, Fas Mart add Rev7 removable chewing gum
Convenience Store News
QuikTrip and Fas Mart convenience store chains have added Revolymer's Rev7 Gum to their shelves. The removable, degradable gum now has day-to-day retail distribution at more than 450 U.S. retail chains, including California-based Unified Stores, and more than 4,000 stores, according to the company. Rev7 was designed to discourage waste and does not get hard or stiff during consumption, the company said. Once discarded, the gum will disintegrate into a fine powder using mild water and agitation.More

Consumer confidence stalls in January
The Hill
Consumer confidence stalled in January after two straight months of substantial gains as concerns over rising gasoline prices, the job market and income prospects nipped at the improving results. More

AAFES Promo & Assign



AAFES Executive Announcement
Promotions & Assignments



On behalf of the Commander, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions and assignments. Please join me in congratulating these deserving associates:

Executive promotions

Matthew Beatty — PB 5A Training Center Manager, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Store Manager (Main Store), Fort Bliss Exchange, Western Region in April 2012.

Joyce Dean — PB 4F Store Manager (Main Store), Fort Knox Exchange, Central Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (Main Store), Eglin AFB Exchange, Central Region in April 2012.

Russell Hinrichs — PB 4F General Manager (Dual), Edwards AFB Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5A General Manager, Hill AFB Exchange, Western Region in April 2012.

Brenda Hyland — PB 5A Store Manager (Main Store), Eglin AFB Exchange, Central Region to the position of PB 5B General Manager, Tinker AFB Exchange, Central Region in April 2012.

Kenneth Jacquin — PB 5D Assistant Controller CONUS, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5E Vice President Financial Analysis and Budget, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in January 2012.

Gina Meeks — PB 5A Learning Operations Manager, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Chief Operations Learning, Human Resource Directorate, Exchange HQ in February 2012.

Sandra Reed — PB 5A Store Manager (Main Store), Yongsan Exchange, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5B Store Manager (Main Store), Fort Campbell Exchange, Central Region in June 2012.

Billy Reynolds — PB 5B Planning, Allocation and Replenishment Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Division Merchandise Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ in January 2012.

Teofilo Smith — PB 5B Region Retail Program Specialist, Eastern Region to the position of PB 5C General Manager, Fort Dix Exchange, Eastern Region in March 2012.

Nancy Sweet — PB 5C General Manager, Eglin AFB Exchange, Central Region to the position of PB 5D Area Manager, Western Region, in April 2012.

Clifton Youmans — PB 4F Facility Manager II (LG), Hawaii Consolidated Exchange, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5A Region Facility Manager, Real Estate Directorate, Exchange HQ in April 2012.

David Young — PB 4F Operations Analyst Supervisor, Dan Daniels Distribution Center, Eastern Region to the position of PB 5A Logistic Operations Manager (I/O), Dan Daniels Distribution Center, Eastern Region in January 2012.


Executive assignments

Michelle Blake — PB 5A Procurement Manager, Procurement Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Procurement Manager, Europe Region in August 2012.

Michael Buchalter — PB 5A Procurement Manager, Pacific Region to the position of 5A Procurement Manager, Procurement Directorate, Exchange HQ in June 2012.

John Donnell — PB 5B Business Analysis Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Business Intelligence Senior Business Analyst, Business Intelligence Directorate, Exchange HQ in February 2012.

Myra Florence — PB 5C Chief Strategic Marketing, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C General Manager, Eglin AFB Exchange, Central Region in May 2012.

David Fry — PB 5A Procurement Manager, Europe Region, to the position of PB 5A Procurement Manager, Procurement Directorate, Exchange HQ in September 2012.

Jerry Hanson — PB 5A Procurement Manager, Procurement Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Procurement Manager, Pacific Region in May 2012.

Edward Hicks — PB 5B Store Manager (Main Store), Fort Campbell Exchange, Central Region to the position of PB 5B Store Manager (Main Store), Grafenwoehr Exchange, Europe Region in March 2012.

Congratulations! Please disseminate to our Exchange family.

Susan I. Simone
Senior Vice President
Human Resources
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Save the date: 2012 Exchange Commanders Cup Golf Tournament

May 21, at Bear Creek Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas

We wanted all to know that the ALA DFW Chapter will participate and support this event. Please reserve the date on your calendar and join approximately 120 AAFES golfers in this great event. We will have a great round of golf, followed by an auction of some pretty exciting stuff, all benefiting the AREA scholarship program.

We are looking for Hole Sponsors as well as donations for the auction. Please plan to participate and we look forward to a great event.

We will provide further details in the coming weeks so please save the date.

Rich KrugMore

Air Force plan would cut 10,000 airmen
AVweb
Nearly 10,000 of the Air Force's active National Guard and Reserve airmen would be cut next year if plans detailed recently by the Air Force go into effect. Cuts will reportedly target the National Guard for more than half of the total personnel, aircraft and other equipment to be trimmed.More

Cutting Marines
Marine Corps Times via Early Bird
With orders to cut 20,000 Marines from active duty over the next five years, the Corps' senior leaders are looking to make the process as painless as possible for its personnel. They have a plan to get it done, but distribution of the details awaits Commandant Gen. Jim Amos' budget statement to Congress in mid-February.More

Army studies workout supplements after deaths
The New York Times
The United States Army is investigating whether certain dietary supplements for athletes, available until recently at stores on military bases in the United States, may have played a role in the deaths of two soldiers. Both soldiers died last year after having heart attacks during fitness exercises, according to a spokesman for the Army's assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. More