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Executive Briefing

President's Message

New DeCA director named:

Joseph Jeu has been selected to serve as the new Director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. His scheduled report date is on or about 3 January 2011. Joe is no stranger to the military resale system and brings a passion for the contribution the military resale benefits bring to the troops and their families. Joe has demonstrated exceptional leadership over a career of achievement. I had the good fortune to work with Joe for many years when he was serving at Headquarters Marine Corps. Joe attended his first Commissary Operating Board meeting this week and will arrive just in time to grapple with the budget pressures facing DeCA. He is a proven professional clearly up to the task. We can not welcome Joe without passing our kudos to Tom Milks for his distinguished and recognized leadership during this period of transition. Tom's expertise and leadership will be a key to the continued success of DeCA. Here is some additional background on Joe Jeu:

Joseph Jeu was named the Assistant Commissioner for General Supplies and Services for the Federal Acquisition Service on Oct. 30, 2006. In this position, he leads GSA's acquisition of a wide range of general supplies and services used by Federal agencies. He is responsible for the management of supply operations, most of the non-information technology multiple award schedules program, and the disposal of Federal personal property, including public auctions. Mr. Jeu leads an organization of over 1,500 Government employees and contractors with $23 billion in annual business volume.

From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Jeu served as the Assistant Commissioner for Global Supply in the legacy Federal Supply Service. He was responsible for the FSS stock and special order program and other programs supporting Federal activities worldwide, with special emphasis on support for the U.S. military, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Forest Service wildfire suppression program. Joining GSA from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000, he became the Assistant Commissioner for Transportation and Property Management and was responsible for FSS program management of Federal government excess and surplus personal property and travel and transportation solutions, such as the City Pair airline contract program for all Federal agencies and discounted freight and relocation services for civilian agencies. Mr. Jeu joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984 to head its commissary program, and in 1987 he was promoted to head of the Services Branch, where he oversaw worldwide management of personal property, the vehicle fleet, and food services. From 1978 to 1984, Mr. Jeu served as a commissary specialist with the U.S. Army in Germany and then at the Pentagon with the Headquarters Army Staff. Mr. Jeu received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary in 1975, and completed the Harvard University Senior Officials in National Security Program in 1991. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2000. He has received many awards throughout his career, including the Department of the Navy's Distinguished and Superior Civilian Service Awards. Mr. Jeu is a recipient of the 2009 Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive.

Passing of a friend:

We are sad to relay the news on the passing of John McGowan, a long standing and respected leader in the military resale system. John completed a stellar career with the Air Force Commissary System and was one of the key architects of the Defense Commissary Agency. I had the good fortune to call John a friend and colleague for many years. John received several noteworthy awards during his career and in 1999 was recognized with the ALA Distinguished Service Award. He was the first CEO appointed at the Defense Commissary Agency and his contributions to the improved quality of life for our troops and their families will continue to be recognized for years to come. John had been fighting cancer for years. During the early hours of Saturday morning last week John succumbed to the disease. He had been in hospice for about a week. The plans are that he will be cremated and interred in the Military Cemetery in Sarasota. The details will be forwarded to you when I learn them.

Wilson opposes passing defense bill this year

Republican lawmaker, Joe Wilson of South Carolina, who is expected to lead the House panel to oversee military personnel issues next year, doesn't want Congress to pass the 2011 defense authorization bill until next year. Wilson doesn't want the bill passed because it is laden with potential provisions he doesn't support. Dispute over provisions sited by Wilson is the chief reason why the Senate has been unable to pass its version of the annual defense bill. The annual defense bill, passed every year since the 1960's includes provisions extending authority for the services to pay recruiting and retention bonuses and many special pays and incentive bonuses that will expire on Dec. 31, 2010. To learn more, please view the Army Times article.

Budget pressures build:

Debt panel backs off on specific military cuts
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Army Times, Rick Maze
A presidential commission looking for ways to trim federal spending is considering a revised plan that no longer includes specific military cuts, but would still require defense spending to be cut by the same percent as domestic spending.

Amid deficit fears, Obama freezes pay
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The New York Times, Peter Baker and Jackie Calmes
President Obama recently announced a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers as he sought to address concerns over high annual deficits and appealed to Republicans to find a common approach to restoring the nation's economic and fiscal health.

White House bows to political realities on military pay
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National Journal Daily PM Update, Megan Scully
The White House recently sidestepped the politically volatile issue of military pay by exempting troops from a two-year federal pay freeze that will affect all other federal employees. Had military pay been included in the Obama administration's deficit-cutting proposal, it would almost certainly have been met with stiff resistance on Capitol Hill, where efforts to rein in military benefits have long been dead on arrival.

Military families continue to be squeezed:

Food stamp use in commissaries rises nearly 40 percent
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Army Times, Karen Jowers
Food stamp redemption in commissaries shot up nearly 38 percent in fiscal 2010, continuing a trend of sharp increases over the last three years. Since 2007, the dollar amount of food stamp redemptions in commissaries has nearly tripled — from $24.9 million to $73 million — while it doubled nationwide. Defense officials and family advocates caution that it is unclear how many of those using food stamps in commissaries are active-duty families, and that the upward trend is not necessarily an indicator of inadequate pay.

Gates seeking to contain military health costs
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The New York Times, Elisabeth Bumiller and Thom Shanker
Of nearly 4.5 million military retirees and their families, about three-quarters are estimated to have access to health insurance through a civilian employer or group. But more than two million of them stay on Tricare. As the costs of private health care continue to climb, their numbers are only expected to grow. Now, as part of a broad offensive to cut Pentagon spending, that group is once again in the sights of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who is seriously considering whether to ask for Tricare fee increases in next year's budget — and perhaps start one of the last fights of his public career.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

USO helps troops in travel pinch
Charlotte Observer via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Traveling light, Marine Pfc. Amber Legezdh headed to the airport bound for combat training at Camp Geiger, near Jacksonville, N.C. Then her travel day took an unexpected turn — She missed a 7:50 a.m. connecting flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Jacksonville, N.C., and ended up hanging out until 6 p.m. at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. Changing a flight itinerary during the year's busiest holiday travel season between Thanksgiving and Christmas isn't easy, and long layovers can be exhausting. But Legezdh had it better than most: The 18-year-old spent most of her time being pampered by volunteers at the USO of North Carolina travel center, on the mezzanine above the airport's food court. More

US, South Korea launch war games in tense Yellow Sea
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A U.S. supercarrier and South Korean destroyer took up position in the tense Yellow Sea recently for joint military exercises that were a united show of force just days after a deadly North Korean artillery attack. As tensions escalated across the region, with North Korea threatening another "merciless" attack, China belatedly jumped into the fray. Beijing's top nuclear envoy, Wu Dawei, called for an emergency meeting in early December among regional powers involved in nuclear disarmament talks, including North Korea. Seoul responded cautiously to the proposal from North Korea's staunch ally, saying it should be "reviewed very carefully" in light of North Korea's recent revelation of a new uranium-enrichment facility, even as protesters begged President Lee Myung-bak to find a way to resolve the tension and restore peace. More

Pentagon hunting for a home for Africom
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon is reopening a worldwide search for a home for its Africa military command, which still lacks a permanent headquarters three years after it was created. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, the Obama administration's nominee to take charge of the U.S. Africa Command, or Africom, told a Senate committee recently that he would launch the search if he is confirmed. The command is based in Stuttgart, Germany, partly because African leaders strongly objected to the prospect of an expanded U.S. military presence on their continent. More

Commissary News

Senate passes overhaul of food safety regulations
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Senate recently passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation's food-safety system, after recalls of tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach that sickened thousands and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight. The legislation would greatly strengthen the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that in recent decades focused more on policing medical products than ensuring the safety of foods. The bill is intended to get the government to crack down on unsafe foods before they harm people rather than after outbreaks occur. More

Whole health: Cup by cup
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Few other commodities arriving on supermarket shelves are as well documented as coffee. From the bean, consumers can determine country of origin. Reading the label, they discover the region the beans came from, perhaps even the farm itself. Studying the package often reveals narratives describing the deeper benefits a purchase has on the bean farmers, their families and the environment. More

Odwalla introducing eco-friendly container
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Odwalla, the Half Moon Bay, Calif. based manufacturer of natural juices, juice drinks, smoothies, protein drinks and food bars, will change all of the brand's single-serve bottles to PlantBottle packaging, a high-density polyethylene that consists of up to 100 percent plant-based materials and is 100 percent recyclable, in March 2011. The new container will help to reduce dependence on nonrenewable resources. For instance, the potential yearly reduction in carbon dioxide from the use of plant-based material, instead of petroleum, to make the PlantBottle is equal to a savings of nearly 400,000 gallons of gas. More

Stop-N-Shop markets were leaders in city's grocery industry
Valley Community Newspapers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anyone remember Stop-N-Shop grocery stores and supermarkets? It goes without question that just about anyone who resided in the Sacramento, Calif. area any time from the Great Depression to around the days when the motion picture "Jaws" and disco were considered hot topics certainly answered, "yes," to this question. Furthermore, many longtime, local residents assuredly still remember the store's popular jingle, which featured the familiar lines: "Let's go down to the Stop-N-Shop and push the cart around 'n' round. Let's buy all of our groceries there. They have the best in town. Let's go down to the Stop-N-Shop and push the cart around 'n' round. You get a lot more for your money there than anywhere else in town." More

Meal planning before grocery shopping drives purchase decisions
PR Web    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most consumers don't enter the grocery store a blank slate — nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. households typically plan at least some dinners in advance, and half plan breakfast and lunch meals, according to a recent food and beverage market research report by The NPD Group, a leading market research company. The NPD report, entitled Before the Store, which takes a holistic view of the grocery shopper from menu planning, meal preparation, eating behavior, to shopping, found that of the 71 percent of households that plan at least some dinners in advance, 24 percent planned nearly all dinners in advance. Of the 53 percent of households that plan at least some lunches in advance, 13 percent planned nearly all lunches in advance. Fifty-one percent of households planned at least some breakfast meals in advance, and 26 percent planned nearly all breakfasts in advance. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website as of 10 a.m., December 2, 2010:

  • Winter Club Pack, Far East & Alaska Quantities.
  • DP #2, Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
  • DP #3, Far East Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
  • DP #23, Update #2.
  • Valentines 2011, Update #1.

  • 11-09, Juice Category Review.
  • 11-11, Container Redemption Value (CRV) Master File Validation.
  • 11-13, Vendor Promotion Price Locking (VPPL) Project.
  • 11-15, Shampoo and Conditioner Category Review.
  • 11-17, Pasta Sauce.

  • Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 10-48 will not be published this week.
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.

Exchange News

Retailers see strong Thanksgiving weekend sales
The New York Times    Share    Share on
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One-third of holiday shoppers over the Thanksgiving weekend made their purchases online, the highest number ever, according to the National Retail Federation. Early estimates suggest weekend sales were 8.7 percent above last year. However, Black Friday is not always a perfect predictor of holiday sales, said the National Retail Federation's Ellen Davis. "It's important to keep the economy in mind here. Sometimes Black Friday is not an indicator of the holiday season, because people are so focused on deals that they'll get themselves up early." (May require free subscription.) More

Dr. Pepper: 125 years and still going strong
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It all began 125 years ago today when Dr Pepper was first served at Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. And now the brand is wrapping up a yearlong celebration of being the oldest major soft drink in the country. "This has been a landmark year for Dr Pepper and our fans, highlighting its rightful place in 'pop' culture," said Dave Fleming, director of marketing for Dr Pepper. "A true beverage original, Dr Pepper is the oldest major soft drink in America, and our fans have made us one of the best-selling soft drinks nationwide." More

From fast food to fine dining, business is up at restaurants
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
America's appetite for eating out is starting to rumble again. Three years after the $580 billion restaurant industry saw its harshest downturn in decades — there are signals that the worst may be over for an industry that suffered as people saved by eating out less. "The glow is off the idea that cooking is fun," says Ron Paul, president of Technomic, a research specialist. "Consumers are returning to their old habits." More

In retail, 'splurge' is the word this holiday season
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retailers want consumers to splurge a little this holiday season. J.C. Penney is running a campaign with the tagline, "New list. New gifts. Who knew?" to entice consumers to spend. The Gap has an ad on its Facebook brand page that asks, "What do you want this holiday?" The push follows a generally upbeat Black Friday shopping weekend during which average consumer spending rose 6.4 percent to $365.34 versus the year-ago period, according to data released by the National Retail Federation. It's also a stark contrast from the give-and-take relationship marketers and consumers have been closely locked in during these past two years. More

WalMart's Africa strategy
Fortune via CNN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the next 25 years, analysts believe the consumer market in Africa will take off. When it does, Walmart wants to be ready to seize the day. Recently, WalMart Stores announced a cash offer for a majority stake in the South African retail company Massmart Holdings, Ltd. The offer is scaled-back from the roughly $4 billion that Walmart wanted to pay in September for the entire company. Instead, WalMart offered over $2 billion for 51 percent of Massmart shares. More

Petro stopping centers 'voted best' in independent driver survey
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Petro Stopping Centers and TravelCenters of America brands overwhelmingly dominated "Voted Best" categories in an independent driver survey conducted by Overdrive Magazine, the company reported. "Drivers are perceptive and very honest." said Tom O'Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters of America. "They know where they need to go to be treated with more respect, whether that's through better amenities and services or by friendlier employees. As we like to say, full-service is 'at your service' and drivers clearly see and feel the difference." More

Exchange Announcements

Save the date
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The All Exchange Roundtable will be held in Dallas, Texas March 28 – 30 held at the Omni Mandalay in Las Colinas. The steering committee is working on what promises to be an exciting agenda.

AAFES Executive Announcement
Promotions & Assignments

On behalf of the Commander, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • Constance E. Buckley, PB 4F Change Management Business Analyst III, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Logistics Analyst Senior, Logistics Directorate, Exchange HQ in December 2010.

  • Monica L. Chidester, PB 5C Audit Project Manager, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5D Audit Group Manager, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in December 2010.

  • Tanisha N. Davis, PB 4F Contract Team Leader, Procurement Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Procurement Manager, Procurement Directorate, Exchange HQ in December 2010.

  • Susan G. Eaton, PB 5A Auditor III, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Audit Project Manager, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in December 2010.

  • Claire L. Janak, PB 4F RE Project Manager, Real Estate Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5A Sr Project Manager, Real Estate Directorate, Exchange HQ in December 2010.

  • Debra D. Martinez, PB 5A Auditor III, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ to the position of PB 5C Audit Project Manager, Audit Directorate, Exchange HQ in December 2010.

Washington Update

2010 Army Navy game hospitality packages
Philadelphia Sports Congress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The Philadelphia Sports Congress is offering four special hospitality packages for the 111th Army Navy Game classic at Lincoln Financial Field on December 11. Packages contain preferential stadium seating; a special 3-hour all you can eat & drink Pre-game Brunch; access to climate-controlled Red Zone Lounge before, during and after the game; and special pricing for Reserve parking passes. Packages start at $250 per person and rise to $350 for Club-level seats at midfield. Top-Priced Package purchasers will also get a special Pre-game Sideline Pass. After the game, Operation Liberty Welcomes will present a free Liberty Rocks Concert sponsored by AT&T, featuring country music star Steve Cochran, a former Marine and Wounded Warrior.

To secure Hospitality Package Tickets and get more information call 1-888-332-CLUB. Special Code: Military Marketing.

For hotel rooms in Phily on Friday or Saturday night, call 1-877-643-0047 or visit

Some JFCOM jobs may stay
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other high-ranking defense officials, Virginia's governor and members of Congress expressed cautious optimism that parts of Joint Forces Command will remain in Hampton Roads or be replaced by other military commands. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Gates remains committed to cutting costs at JFCOM and reducing the use of defense support contractors but has agreed to have representatives of the region, primarily retired military officers, consult with defense officials as they draft plans. "The Secretary acknowledged today that even after JFCOM is gone, those functions determined to be of importance and retained will likely remain in the Norfolk and Suffolk area," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said in a statement. More

Grunt Apparel, Inc.

Grunt Apparel specializes in original military inspired designs in silk screen & embroidery at low prices. Licensed by all military branches.
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Hubert Company

Stimulate Holiday sales and create a festive atmosphere with Bountiful Thanksgiving kits and fall prop and décor. More

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tyson Foods is dedicated to bringing you quality, service, and support you need to drive sales. More


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