ALA Congressional Caucus registration is closed:
The ALA Congressional Caucus scheduled for June 14 in the Rayburn House Office Building has reached capacity, and the registration for the event is officially closed. The overwhelming support for this year's event has resulted in a early closing to additional attendees. We are attempting to obtain additional space, but it is very difficult to acquire at this point.
2011 board elections:
The ALA Board of Directors has approved the following slate of candidates to run for the Board of Directors: Directors Bill Doyle, Specialized Marketing International; Marty Johnson, E & J Gallo Winery; Ginesa Madar, Nestle USA Military Sales. Executive Committee Vince Venezia (Vice-Chair), Kraft Foods Inc.; JD Fenessy (Treasurer), Del Monte Foods; Bill Doyle (Secretary), Specialized Marketing Services. Ballots will be mailed to all ALA voting members in early August. Any ALA member who wishes to be considered for inclusion on the ballot may do so by petition. Write-in candidates appear on the ballot when no fewer than 25 voting members of the association subscribe to the candidacy. This petition for candidacy must be provided to secretary and chairman of the Nominating Committee, Ed Brunot, no later than 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting of Members. The Annual Meeting of Members will be held Oct. 5 at the 64th Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Gates: Avoiding talk of cuts is 'managerial cowardice'
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Government Executive, Megan Scully
The U.S. military, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, must take a hard look at military force structure and determine what is essential and then be honest with Congress and the White House about the consequences of cuts.
6 consequences of not raising the debt ceiling
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Government Executive, via National Journal
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced on May 16 that the federal government had reached its borrowing limit. With the $14.3 million cap on debt imposed by Congress firmly in place, the Treasury began a series of "extraordinary" measures designed to stave off a potential government default until Aug. 2.
Obama names new military leadership team
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Government Executive, Major Garrett
President Barack Obama recently moved to "complete our team at the Pentagon" by nominating Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr. as vice chairman and Army Gen. Ray Odierno as Dempsey's replacement as Army chief of staff.
Honoring the fallen: 'We will get them home'
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Newport News Daily Press, Hugh Lessig
It was a small moment at Dover Air Base, just a quick favor. A woman waited at the Center for the Families of the Fallen. Out on the flight line, an aircraft held her husband's body in an aluminum transfer container, draped with a perfectly pressed American flag.
Patrick B. Nixon
Gen. Cartwright, poised to lead Joint Chiefs, had his shot derailed by critics
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The 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 Share
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 Share
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website since 10 a.m. May 26 and as of 10 a.m. June 2:
NOTICES TO TRADE
UPCOMING CONFIRMED COMMISSARY RELATED MEETINGS:
2011 Congressional Caucus: June 14, House Rayburn Building, Washington, D.C. Watch for registration information.
2011 ALA/DeCA Hawaii Conference & Food Show: Aug. 15-18, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu. Watch for registration information.
64th Annual Convention: Oct. 4-6, Orlando World Marriott Center, Orlando, Fla. Watch for registration information.
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 www.ala-national.org.
Kroger expands gas discount program
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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
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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
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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 Share
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 Share
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 Share
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.
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:
James Altom PB 5A Logistics Operations Manager (I/O), Giessen Distribution Center, Europe Region to the position of PB 5B Distribution Center Manager I (Regional), Giessen Distribution Center, Europe Region in December.
Peter Catineau PB 5B Distribution Center Manger I (Regional), Logistics Directorate, Korea Distribution Branch to the position of PB 5C Distribution Center Manager II, Logistics Directorate, West Coast Distribution Center in December.
Natalia Donovan PB 4F Business Analyst Planner, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Military Star Call Center Manager, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in June.
Helen Everett PB 5A Human Resources Manager IV (OSE), Human Resources Directorate, Korea Exchange to the position of PB 5B Region Human Resources Manager (OSE), Human Resources Directorate, Okinawa Exchange in December.
Michael Fox PB 4F Application Systems Programmer Analyst III, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Systems Analyst Lead, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in April.
Dale Fricker PB 5B Distribution Center Manager I (Regional), Giessen Distribution Center, Europe Region to the position of PB 5C Distribution Center Manager II, Dan Daniel Distribution Center, Central Region in December.
Paula Gunderson PB 5C General Manager, Fort Bliss Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5D General Manager, Fort Hood Exchange, Central Region in August.
Harold Hall PB 5D Director Logistics Operations, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5E Vice President Logistics, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in December.
Vernon Heckel PB 5A Senior Transportation Analyst, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Distribution Center manager I (Regional), Korea Distribution Center, Pacific Region in December.
Denise Hunter PB 5B DOD Liaison Officer, Washington Office to the position of PB 5C Deputy Director Washington Office, Washington Office in October.
Chad Lucas PB 5B Application Programming Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Infrastructure Support Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in May.
Terence Maynard PB 4F Exchange Retail Business Manager, Hawaii Exchange, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Hawaii Exchange, Pacific Region in May.
Morgan Meeks PB 5A Senior Logistics Analyst, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Assistant Distribution Center Manager II, Waco Distribution Center, Western Region in November.
Matthew Neal PB 4F Auditor II, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Auditor III, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in May.
Holly Norton PB 5C Distribution Center Manager II, Dan Daniel Distribution Center, Eastern Region to the position of PB 5D Director Transportation Operations, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in December.
Jason Rakestraw PB 5C Distribution Center Manager II, West Coast Distribution Center, Western Region to the position of PB 5D Director LG Planning and Technology Division, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in December.
Gail Ridgley PB 4F Project Manager II, Marketing Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Senior Project Manager, Business Intelligence Directorate, Exchange HQ in May.
Rebecca Santee PB 5B General Manager, MacDill AFB Exchange, Eastern Region to the position of PB 5C General Manager, Fort Belvoir Exchange, Eastern Region in August.
Melissa Sexton PB 4F Business System Analyst III (S), Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Financial Analysis Manager, Finance and Accounting Directorate, Exchange HQ in June.
Ronald Barfield PB 5A Region Services Program Specialist, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Senior Logistics Analyst, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in October.
Allison Bryan PB 5C Store Planning Branch Manager, Sales Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Chief Corporate Learning, Human Resources Directorate, Exchange HQ in July.
Phillip Jernigan PB 5B Data Communication Manager HQ, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5B Application Programming Manager, Information Technology Directorate, Exchange HQ in May.
Michelle Mackey PB 5C General Manager, Vicenza Exchange, Europe Region to the position of PB 5C General Manager, Fort Sill Exchange, Central Region in August.
George Ricker PB 5B General Manager, Yokota Exchange, Pacific Region to the position of PB 5B General Manager, NASJRB Exchange, Central Region in October.
John Sharp PB 5D Area Manager, Central Region to the position of PB 5D Area Manager, Europe Region in November.
Susana Sobrino PB 5C General Manager, Nellis AFB Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5C General Manager, Vicenza Exchange, Europe Region in August.
Daniel Wise PB 5A Region Services Program Specialist, Central Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager, Fort Hood Exchange, Central Region in September.
Congratulations! Please disseminate to our Exchange family.
James E. Moore
Senior Vice President
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.
Dec. 1, 2011
Noon to 3 p.m., EST
Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
36th & Atlantic Avenue
Featuring two special guest speakers:
Remit $40 to Hampton Roads ALA. (Admission is $25 for Resale.)
Return to Paul Wehner, MDV Nash Finch, P.O. Box 29, Norfolk, Va. 23501
Companies interested in sponsoring the luncheon are encouraged to contact Cory Belkov, HRALA at email@example.com call 757-831-8208.
All sponsor proceeds will be divided equally with one-third going to NEREA, one-third to AREA, and one-third to the HRALA Scholarship Funds. Registration deadline is Nov. 18.
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.
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.