ALA Executive Briefing
May 13, 2011

McDonnell asks DoD to delay BRAC transfer
The Washington Times
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked the Defense Department to delay the relocation of thousands of military workers to the Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. Citing recent reports issued by the Department of Defense Inspector General and the Virginia Department of Transportation that foretell of gridlock around the site, McDonnell in a May 6 letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked for more time to complete transportation improvements.More

Pentagon trying to avoid across-the-board cuts
The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon is offering new clues on how it plans to meet a White House goal of trimming the military budget by $400 billion over the next decade as it winds down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Speaking at a recent investment conference in New York, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said the department would avoid "across the board cuts" to military spending, and had launched a process that would identify "where the nation is willing to accept risk" when it comes to investing in new weaponry. More

First nurse nominated as Army surgeon general
Government Executive
Maj. Gen. Patricia Horoho would become the first nurse and the first woman to serve as the Army Surgeon General if the Senate confirms her nomination and simultaneous promotion to lieutenant general, which recently were announced by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Horoho currently serves as Army deputy surgeon general and 23rd chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.More

Report: Japan, US give up on 2014 airbase relocation target
Reuters via Yahoo News
Japan and the United States have given up on a plan to relocate by 2014 an American airbase on the southern island of Okinawa, which has angered local residents and soured bilateral ties, the Yomiuri newspaper recently reported. The ongoing debate over where to relocate the U.S. Marines' Futenma airbase long has been a thorn in relations between the two allies and prompted Prime Minister Naoto Kan's predecessor to resign last year.More

US boosts ranks of elite forces
The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration secretly has been building up its ranks of hunter-killer commandos, such as the Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden. Since 2009, the U.S. has boosted the number of strike teams in Afghanistan from four to 20, each with 10 to 100 men. These and other special-operations forces have carried out thousands of raids in the past year, officials said, killing about 3,200 insurgents and capturing approximately 8,000 more.More

A local push for military to wear US sneakers
The Boston Globe
Since World War II, U.S. military forces have worn American-made apparel from their helmets down to their socks. Every stitch, every yard of camouflage, every combat boot is supposed to come from a U.S. factory. But not their sneakers.More

H-E-B offers private-label hand soaps
Supermarket News
H.E. Butt Grocery Co. has introduced a private-label line of hand sanitizers and soaps. Orchid is comparable to brands such as Bath & Body Works and Bodycology, according to a beauty blogger who authors the blog.More

Supervalu adds color to dietary guidelines
Progressive Grocer
At its Acme and Farm Fresh chains on the East Coast, Minneapolis-based Supervalu Inc. has rolled out a newly expanded in-store color-coded better-for-you food finder — Nutrition iQ — and an education initiative called "Colors in Your Carriage" to help grocery shoppers navigate the aisles while meeting their nutrition needs. Both chains have offered color-coded nutrition tags on more than 2,500 center store food items since last year.More

Whole foods rolls out animal welfare certification
PG Store Brands
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market said all fresh beef, pork and chicken sold in its U.S. stores now is certified under the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system, providing shoppers with a new depth of information about how farm animals are raised. The 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system — the signature program of the nonprofit Global Animal Partnership — identifies incrementally higher welfare practices and conditions within farm animal production systems.More

10 insider grocery savings secrets
Fox Business
Besides couponing, there are so many different ways to save money on your grocery bill — if only you knew the ins and outs of your favorite store's policies and promotions. And how do you find that out? "Just ask your store manager, who will happily tell you how to save the most at their store," says Annette Economides, who co-authored "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family."More

ALA Congressional Caucus

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Gordon will join us on the morning of June 14 in Washington, D.C., at the Rayburn House Office Building and address the congressional caucus. In light of the recent budget stress, this is a must-attend event. Click here to visit our webpage and register today!

For details on any of our events, visit our Web page at

Fueling democracy: Brands have a bigger role to play in society
Advertising Age
It's more often the case that you don't choose the things you believe in, they choose you, and in the name of "universal conscience," whether nascent or proactive, mercurial brands Twitter, Facebook, Skype and Google certainly have acted influentially and are unsurpassed in history. "Brand" always has favored revolution, and the likes of these brands metaphorically represent this freedom tsunami in several ways — the people, the place and the time.More

Sears launches events to support US military families
Kantar Retail
Working with the nonprofit Rebuilding Together, Sears has launched its fourth annual "Heroes at Home" campaign to renovate and repair more than 300 American military families' homes. Sears also will be collecting donations to support the effort in stores and online at now through July 16.More

Gas prices drive shoppers online
Internet Retailer
Pain at the pump? Not for these shoppers. More than 28 percent of U.S. consumers say they are shopping online more because of rising gas costs, according to a survey conducted exclusively for Internet Retailer by Synovate, a global market research firm.More

US economy preview: Retail sales probably climbed in April
Bloomberg News
Sales at U.S. retailers probably climbed in April, reinforcing evidence that employment gains are allowing Americans to weather higher fuel costs, economists said. The projected 0.6 percent gain in purchases would follow a 0.4 percent increase in March, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey ahead of Commerce Department figures May 12. Another report may show the cost of living increased. More

Retailers reining in sophisticated theft rings
USA Today
Police say 19 people spent two years clearing shelves of local Kroger, Walgreens, Wal-mart and Dick's Sporting Goods stores, then selling the stolen items to unsuspecting customers for cents on the dollar. Out of the tough economic environment has emerged a new class of property theft that's enriching professional criminals and putting U.S. retailers on highest alert.More

Economy cuts shopping trips
Supermarket News
Shoppers reduced their average supermarket shopping trips to 1.69 per week, according to data released at Food Marketing Institute's Future Connect conference. The frequency was the lowest in the history of FMI's Trends survey of consumer shopping habits.More

Steering shoppers to the center
Progressive Grocer
As more shoppers seek the convenience of online shopping, retailers will need to enhance the in-store experience for tech-savvy consumers looking to get more out of their brick-and-mortar shopping trips. Easy-to-use mechanisms such as smartphone applications and "virtual stockboy" kiosks are just the thing to get with-it customers excited about navigating the depths of 21st century center store.More

Cash payment network to build traffic, dollars for 7-Eleven
Convenience Store News
PayNearMe, a Silicon Valley-based cash payment network, recently announced four new initiatives with 7-Eleven that will provide consumers with an easier and quicker way to purchase transportation tickets, pay their utility bills, transfer money and make cash payments for international mobile top-up services. The new services are expected to drive traffic, as well as generate commission-related income, for the Dallas-based convenience store chain.More

Fast-food lobbies US states on 'Happy Meal' laws
Fast-food companies are asking U.S. state legislators to remove restaurant marketing from local governments' regulatory menu, in the latest industry bid to stay a step ahead of anti-obesity laws. The lobbying push, which has succeeded in Arizona and gained traction in Florida, aims to stop marketing restrictions before they start. The efforts come as food companies face increasing scrutiny from the U.S. government over how they pitch their products to youngsters as obesity rates rise.More

ALA NY Chapter golf outing at Scenic West Point Military Academy

Monday, June 20
Scenic West Point Military Academy
New York

Join us for a day of golf, fun and networking!

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship monies to military dependent children. Your past support has allowed us to increase the scholarship payments from previous years and we have even bigger goals in the works.

You can help:

Hole sponsorships: An important source of contributions to the scholarship fund. Whether or not you are able to attend the event, please consider sponsoring a hole. Email your company logo and we will include on hole sponsorship sign.

Prize donations: The raffle/auction is an very important source of fund raising. We appreciate whatever you can provide.

Please email me the item/items you are donating and ship to:

Denise Passarella
Pepsi Cola Military Sales
700 Anderson Hill Rd. MD 426
Purchase, N.Y. 10577-1444

Please note that to guarantee you receive a shirt in your requested size, we MUST receive your completed reservation form by May 20.

We must order the shirts well in advance. Reservations for the event will be accepted after the May 20 deadline, but we may not have your size available when you arrive. Please help us out and get your reservation forms in early.

We hope to see you on June 20.

For the ALA NY Chapter,

Linda S. Sharlin
Board Member, NY Chapter ALA

Army MWR contest promotes healthy lifestyle, resiliency
U.S. Army MWR
In May, 59 garrisons worldwide will participate in the "Strong B.A.N.D.S." promotion in support of National Sports and Fitness Month. B.A.N.D.S. stands for Balanced lifestyle, Actively motivated, Nutritional health, Determined to excel, Strength and conditioning. The MWR promotion is designed to energize and inspire community members to live a healthy lifestyle.More

Army's new chief of staff talks about his priorities, worries
Gen. Martin Dempsey became the Army's 37th chief of staff April 11, after leading the service's Training and Doctrine Command. He is no stranger to the battlefield, having served as deputy and acting commander of U.S. Central Command in 2007 and 2008. But while he is leading an Army that has been at war for nearly a decade, he also must prepare his force for the future.More