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President's Message


Course corrections in the Pacific moves:

The plans for Pacific rim restationing continue to evolve as DoD policy shifts and budget realities set in. The impacts from the recently announced troop shifts are not fully developed and the determination if these assignments are accompanied or not is yet to be announced.

Asia/Pacific:

US: Marine base to remain in Futenma
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Bloomberg News via Japan Times
Recently, Japan and the United States reportedly agreed to move 4,700 marines in Okinawa to Guam instead of 8,000, delinking the transfer plan from the contentious Futenma relocation plan stipulated in the road map for realigning U.S. forces in Japan.

Obama: Curtail $21 billion plan to expand military presence in Guam
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Bloomberg News, Roxana Tiron and Gopal Ratnam
The administration now intends to send about 4,500 U.S. Marines stationed in Japan to Guam and to rotate an additional 4,000 through Australia, Subic Bay and perhaps a smaller base in the Philippines and Hawaii, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the plan hasn't been announced.

US and Japan are in talks to expedite exit of 8,000 Marines on Okinawa
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The New York Times, Martin Fackler
Japan and the United States said they were renegotiating a 2006 agreement in order to expedite the removal of 8,000 Marines from Okinawa. Under the current terms, their departure has been stalled until progress is made on relocating an important Marine air station on the island, a chronic underlying irritant in relations between the two countries.




More veteran's news:

White House announces veterans hiring initiatives
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Government Executive, Caitlin Fairchild
President Barack Obama recently announced several new veterans hiring initiatives, including the creation of a $1 billion program to partner the Veterans Affairs Department with agencies departments responsible for public lands such as Agriculture, Commerce and Interior.

Veterans hiring reaches new heights
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Government Executive, Amanda Palleschi
The Office of Personnel Management released data in December showing hiring of veterans increased in fiscal 2011.

Long lines, high hopes at veterans career fair
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Government Executive, Russel A. Daniels
Thousands of job seekers and hiring managers swarmed the Veterans Affairs Department-sponsored career fair at the Washington Convention Center recently, an event the Office of Personnel Management promises will not be the last of its kind.


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White House:

Obama to announce Veterans Job Corps
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The Washington Post, Steve Vogel
President Barack Obama will announce details soon for a $1 billion Veterans Job Corps that the White House says will put up to 20,000 veterans to work over the next five years on projects to preserve and restore national parks and other federal, state and local lands.

Obamas to host dinner honoring Iraq veterans
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host a Feb. 29 dinner at the White House honoring members of the armed forces who served in Iraq.

A new female 4 star:

Obama nominates Air Force's first female 4-star general
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Reuters, Alex Dobuzinskis
President Barack Obama has nominated Air Force Lieut. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger to become the service's first woman four-star general, military officials said.

Congress:

Defense cuts test lawmakers' resolve on deficits
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The Associated Press via Yahoo News, Donna Cassata
Lawmakers who came to Washington demanding budget cuts face a tough test now that President Barack Obama and military leaders want to shrink the force, shut down bases and cancel weapons to achieve them.

Budget plan has familiar ring
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The Wall Street Journal, Laura Meckler
On the security side, the White House is requesting $525 billion to cover basic operating costs of the Department of Defense in fiscal 2013, plus an additional $88.4 billion to pay for the war in Afghanistan. The proposed 2013 spending plan is built around a smaller overall military, but one that maintains a global presence and continues to invest in high-end weaponry such as drones and missile defense.

Tough new year for the federal workforce:

Pay and benefits roundup
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Government Executive, Kellie Lunney
Another week, another round of legislative proposals aimed at reducing federal compensation. Government workers no doubt are wishing for another sort of round right about now.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association


Washington Update


US Air Force reveals budget cut details
Aviation Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

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Proposed AF Guard, Reserve cuts meet resistance
Air Force Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

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TRICARE for retirees targeted in budget cuts
Kitsap Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

Commissary News


Winn-Dixie promotes 'Valentine's Surf & Turf'
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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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

Commissary Announcements


Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., 9 Feb. 2012.

PROMOTIONS
DP #4, Update #2.
DP #5, Update #2.
DP #6, CONUS Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #7, Far East Shipper Quantities.
DP #9, WW Promotion Package, Mother's Day Sale/DeCA Salutes Memorial Day Sale.
2012 WW Case Lot Store Sales Dates.
Spring Club Pack, Update #1.

NOTICES TO TRADE
12-42, Dog Food Live Set Date.
12-44, Can Fruit Category Review Live Test Set Date.

MISCELLANEOUS
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-06.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

SAVE THE DATES
May 1, 2012: ALA and DeCA Appreciation Day Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
May 2 & 3, 2012: ALA and DeCA Roundtable, Marriott, Richmond, Va. Registration is available on website.
June 19, 2012: Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
August 20–23, 2012: Hawaii Conference & Food Show.



Exchange News


Retailers deliver solid sales gains for January
The Associated Press via The News & Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

Exchange Announcements




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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



Chapter Update


Save the date: 2012 Exchange Commanders Cup Golf Tournament
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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 Krug


Washington Update


Air Force plan would cut 10,000 airmen
AVweb    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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
 
 

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