ALA Executive Briefing
June. 3, 2011

Gen. Cartwright, poised to lead Joint Chiefs, had his shot derailed by critics
The Washington Post
Over the previous year, President Barack Obama had asked Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright on three occasions if he'd be willing to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the armed forces and principal military adviser to the president. According to two military officials close to Cartwright, who has served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs since 2007, the general demurred the first two times, saying he was looking forward to retirement after a 40-year military career.More

Obama mulls new way to measure political reach
USA Today
Some of the nation's biggest government contractors do not disclose details of their political spending through trade associations and other third-party groups that are playing an increasingly important role in elections, a review of corporate disclosures shows.More

Defense spending no longer 'sacred cow' to Republicans searching for cuts
Bloomberg News
As the House Budget Committee worked on a Republican plan to cut more than $6 trillion of government spending over a decade, the panel's senior Democrat proposed a symbolic amendment saying national security costs should be included in any responsible deficit-reduction effort. More

Once a campus outcast, ROTC is booming at universities
Los Angeles Times
Helped by the recession, more active recruiting and a sea change in student perceptions of the military, enrollment in ROTC programs on college campuses is booming. More

Obama wraps up reshaping of national security team
The New York Times
In announcing he would nominate Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Barack Obama concluded a broad reshuffling of his national security team just as the administration is heading into a new debate over bringing American troops home from Afghanistan.More

After combat, the unexpected perils of coming home
The New York Times
Pvt. Johnnie Stevenson cleaned his truck one last time, scraping off the barnacle-like mud and pulling crushed water bottles from under seats. But deployment to Afghanistan was almost over, and his thoughts drifted elsewhere.More

US Army carries out pre-Memorial Day tradition at Arlington National Cemetery
NBC Nightly News
VideoBriefThe following video is that of a Memorial Day weekend tradition: A ceremony that's been carried out every year since 1948 by the Army's Third Infantry Regiment called "Flags In."More

Memorial Day: A virtual way to pay tribute
Government Computer News
Author Kevin McCaney notes that while the original purpose of Memorial Day is to "remember all those who have given their lives in military service to the country," it also is the "unofficial start of summer," so families will have plans. You can still observe the day in other ways, one of them being a virtual tour of one or more of the websites attached to the nation's war memorials.More

Disabled vets get mortgage relief from Citi
The Huffington Post
Military homeowners have taken a beating the last few months at the hands of some of the country's largest mortgage lenders. They're just now finally starting to catch a break.More

House passes $690 billion defense bill
The Washington Post
The House recently passed an overwhelmingly $690 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2012 that fully funds operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and limits President Barack Obama's authority to deal with Guantanamo detainees and to reduce the number of nuclear weapons. The White House has warned that those latter provisions could prompt a veto if they were included in the final version of the bill.More

PCC scores highest with seafood sustainability
Supermarket News
When Greenpeace published its first "Carting Away the Oceans" report in 2008, the organization gave failing grades to all of the 20 U.S. food retailers it analyzed. This year, 15 chains passed — one indication of the significant progress that the supermarket industry has made with regard to the sustainable seafood movement during the past three years.More

Mom's Organic Market opens in Baltimore area
Chain Store Age
Mom's Organic Market has opened its seventh store, in Timonium, Md. Along with featuring 100 percent-certified organic produce, and organic and natural grocery products, the new Mom's was built with the environment in mind. "We believe that we are the most environmentally-responsible grocery chain in the country," said Scott Nash, who founded Mom's in 1987 with a $100 investment, in a report in The Gourmet Retailer.More

Whole Foods picks up step-rated bacon
Gourmet Retailer
Whole Foods Market is now exclusively offering Applegate Organics' Uncured Thick Cut Bacon at its stores in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. The product is made with pork from Becker Lane Organic Farm, a certified Step 3 farm under the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system. Becker raises traditional breeds of pigs on the fertile soils of Dyersville, Iowa, with a dedication to animal welfare since its founding in 1850.More

New York's 97,000 ways to spend money on groceries
The Wall Street Journal
Yet again, pay surveys show New Yorkers earn higher wages than average Americans do. But New Yorkers also spend more than average Americans do, in part because they simply have more items to spend money on: Shops carry more varieties of soda, yogurt and poultry than in any other market in the U.S.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!

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Kroger expands gas discount program
Progressive Grocer
The Kroger Co. is expanding its fuel discount program and more than tripling the number of locations where shoppers can receive an up to $1-per-gallon discount when they fill up the tank. Previously, the maximum discount was 10 cents in most markets.More

Private labels are back in fashion
Crain's New York Business
As they face unprecedented pressure from rising costs for raw materials, competition from online discounters and shoppers still reluctant to spend, more and more department stores are turning to a money-saving solution: private-label and exclusive apparel lines.More

Burger King goes for new look, menu
The Miami Herald
Burger King's cartoonish King mascot will no longer be popping up everywhere. Forget about the steady stream of $1 value menu promotions. Miami's signature burger chain is getting a dramatic makeover. More

New! Improved! and very old
The Wall Street Journal
Marketers know vintage clothes and retro art sell well. Now, consumer-product companies are hoping that appeal carries over to cereal, chips and laundry detergent. Procter & Gamble Co., General Mills Inc., Hostess Brands Inc. and PepsiCo Inc. are pulling old package designs out of their archives for brands like Tide, Cheerios and Doritos and bringing them back to store shelves. Smaller companies and startups are using fonts, colors or designs that evoke the past on their labels.More

Wal-Mart's how big? What the huge numbers really mean
Daily Finance
This year, for the seventh time in the past decade, Fortune magazine awarded the retailer the No. 1 slot on its annual list of the 500 largest American companies, as measured by revenues (aka gross income or sales). But how big is Wal-Mart really? The numbers provided by Fortune are so insanely large that they're hard to wrap your head around in the abstract.More

Hot summers fuel cold drinks
CSNews Foodservice Retailing
As spring breezes morph into summer heat waves, ice-cold beverages are one of the best ways to attract new customers and keep them coming back again and again. Ice serves as the foundation for any beverage program. Accordingly, the type, placement and maintenance of a convenience store's ice machine or machines should be maximized to ensure the highest-quality summertime drinks.More

AAFES vice president consumables

Congratulating Reggie Dawson on her promotion to vice president of consumables. Dawson has a strong background in the sales directorate and brings with her a wealth of experience. Dawson will start in her new position June 13.More

NEXCOM welcomes new command master chief

Command Master Chief Robert A. Santiago (AW/SW) is the Navy Exchange Service Command's (NEXCOM) 13th Command Master Chief. He comes to NEXCOM from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., where he served as its command master chief. Santiago relieves Command Master Chief Loretta Glenn (AW/SW) who left NEXCOM to become the command master chief at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa.

"We are pleased to welcome Command Master Chief Santiago to the NEXCOM," said Rear Adm. (Sel) Glenn C. Robillard, commander, NEXCOM. "His past experience and knowledge of the Navy will be a great asset to the Command and to our customers."

Santiago was born in Vicenza, Italy. He enlisted in the Navy under the Delayed Entry Program in January 1984 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla., in November 1984. He then completed Aviation Machinist Mate "A" school at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Fla.

His first sea duty assignment sent him to Attack Squadron Eighty-Six (VA-86), working on the A-7E Corsair on board the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). His other afloat tours included Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department Leading Chief Petty Officer, USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65).

His ashore tours included power plants leading petty officer, Anti-Submarine Squadron Two-Seven (VS-27), NAS Cecil Field, Fla.; maintenance control chief petty officer, Fleet Composite Squadron Eight (VC-8) at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; maintenance chief, SEACONRON THIRTY (VS-30), NAS Cecil Field, Fla.; leading senior chief petty officer, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), Naval Station Rota, Spain; and assistant environmental director and facilities department leading chief petty officer, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Master Chief Santiago was selected for the Command Master Chief program in 2006. Upon completion of the Naval Senior Enlisted Academy's COB/CMC/SEA, he reported as the command master chief of Strike Fighter Squadron 32, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va.

Master Chief Santiago's personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (5 awards), Unit Commendation Medal (1 award), Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 awards), Battle "E" (5 awards), Good Conduct Medal (5 awards), National Defense Service Medal (2 award), Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Armed Forces Service Medal (1 award), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6 awards), Overseas Service Deployment Ribbon (4 awards)and NATO Medal (2 awards).

Master Chief Santiago received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.More

Air Force Services director change

Brig. Gen. Eden J. Murrie has assumed command of Air Force Services (AFSV) succeeding Charles Milam who recently was named Principle Director, Military Community and Family Policy (MCFP) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness).

The AFSV Mission is to increase combat capability and improve productivity through programs promoting readiness and quality of life.

Brig. Gen. Murrie is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, assignments as a flight instructor and assistant vice chief of staff, HQ's U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.More

CNIC Fleet and Family Readiness new director named

Ed Cannon was named the new director of Fleet and Family Readiness Programs (N9) commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC).

He succeeds John Baker, who is now the director of the Fleet and Family Readiness Program at Navy Region Northwest. More