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ALA is moving!
In mid-July, ALA HQ will be moved to a new location, just a block from our current address. Beginning July 15, our new address will be 1101 Vermont Avenue, Suite 1002, Washington, DC 20005-3560. As our move date approaches, we will update you with further details.
Here's the latest we have on the funding posture for Military Resale:
- While the budget funded DeCA for fiscal year 2013, sequestration supersedes the budgeted levels and DeCA is being forced to absorb funding reductions for this year. Originally, furloughs needed to reach the sequestration level and absorb higher wartime costs were scheduled to start in April. However, DoD found funding (with the aid of flexibility provided by Congress when it passed the fiscal year 2013 appropriations bills in March) to delay the furloughs. However, DoD still faces a $30 billion shortfall in operations and maintenance funding for fiscal year 2013 and, now, furloughs related to sequestration will be implemented starting July 8, 2013, unless there is some last-minute intervention. Secretary of Defense Hagel said on June 11: "If our budgetary situation permits us to end furloughs early, I would strongly prefer to do so. That is a decision I will make later this year." DeCA plans to implement the furloughs by closing stores and headquarters one day a week. This will continue through fiscal year 2013 that ends September 30, 2013.
- There is another request pending in front of Congress to shift $9.6 billion from other accounts to the operating accounts (reprograming).
- The president's budget that was submitted to the Hill in March fully funds DeCA for fiscal year 2014 and the House Armed Services Committee which will debate its bill on the floor beginning next week also funds DeCA at the levels requested by the Administration.
- But, sequestration is a ten-year process and it has not been repealed. On June 11, 2013, the Secretary of Defense appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee. He stated that the DoD's budget request for fiscal year 2014 does not reflect the sequestration levels. So, unless there is relief from sequestration, the threat of furloughs will carry over into fiscal 2014 that begins in October of this year when DoD faces another $52 billion in cuts associated with the sequester.
The budget is being developed for fiscal year 2015 and will be submitted in February or March of 2014 for the fiscal year beginning in October of 2014. Here commissaries face another threat in the form of a Resource Management Directive looking at a two part impact on the funding for the Defense Commissary Agency.
A working group from DeCA, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (DeCA's parent organization in DoD) and DoD's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office (CAPE) are working on options for reductions ranging from 5 to 33 percent for fiscal year 2015. These options could take the form of operational cuts and reductions in DeCA headquarters programs to changes in transportation funding and variable mark-ups on some commodities.
These options must be worked within the Pentagon over the next several months before they are placed into the fiscal year 2015 budget request. Many of these options would require changes to law.
The ALA position:
We support full funding for the Defense Commissary Agency and the exchanges with no change to the existing business model. Specifically we do not support elimination of the Second Destination Transportation subsidy. We do not support creation of an enhanced commissary model with variable pricing and stockage of items key to exchange profitability. Simply, we do not support mark-ups on products sold in commissaries beyond that allowed by current law.
DeCA already has made major reductions of nearly $700 million per year. Further reductions will cut into the bone of the core benefit for patrons. The Administration including the Secretary of Defense indicated strong support for the commissary program and its efficient delivery of this important benefit by fully funding the program in the FY2014 funding request submitted earlier this year. In addition, late last year we invested a significant amount of intellectual capital in developing an economic analysis of the military resale system highlighting the key attributes of the business model. In that report we pointed specifically to the remarkable equilibrium that has been achieved over the years between exchanges and commissaries through strengthening the foundation of the existing business model and achieving efficiencies through "joint" cooperative efforts. Moreover, the exchanges have made remarkable strides through the forum of the Exchange Cooperative Efforts Board (ECEB). Exchanges already are under pressure to increase dividend distribution to MWR programs to compensation for shortfalls in other areas of the budget. Consistent with the president's budget submitted for FY2014, we support full funding for the commissary program to include Second Destination Transportation for the commissary and exchange and we support the continued success and synergy demonstrated for years by the current business model for delivery of these key military resale programs.
Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association
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Request for military base closing rejected
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Recently, legislation that rejected the Defense Department's request to shutter installations and facilities that are no longer needed was approved by the Senate Armed Services readiness subcommittee.
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At Senate hearing, military health care gets scrutiny
Stars and Stripes
For a fleeting moment, at least, lawmakers seemed to be coming around to the idea that the Pentagon benefits system has its limits. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that legislators' continued pushback against Pentagon requests for modest Tricare fee and copay increases for working-age retirees will put DOD in a financial bind in coming years. And, legislators seemed inclined to listen.
Defense bill calls for reducing number of generals, flag officers
Lawmakers are calling on the Pentagon to cut back on its general and flag officers. Inserted into the annual defense bill recently passed by the House Armed Services Committee was a call for the Defense Department to reduce the total number of officers wearing stars by 14 positions, or less than 2 percent of the total. There are 924 general and flag officers on active duty, according to the most recent Pentagon data.
Defense civilians make last ditch effort to end furloughs
Beleaguered federal employees have taken to the White House's petition website to challenge the Pentagon's decision to furlough most of its civilian workforce for 11 days in fiscal 2013.
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Commissary Web Posts
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., June 13, 2013.
DP #12, Update #2.
DP #14, Update #1 and Promotion and Shipper Quantities.
DP #16, Far East Quantities.
DP #17, WW Promotion Package, Sidewalk Sales/Oktoberfest.
Halloween, Update #1.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Super bowl.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Non-Food.
Thanksgiving/Christmas – Baking.
Summer Club Pack, Update #2 and Far East & Alaska Quantities.
Winter Cocoa/Cider Miscellaneous.
NOTICES TO TRADE
13-85, Cancellation of the WW Mix and Match Sale for September 2013.
13-87, Gravy & Seasoning Mix Live Test Set Date.
13-88, Feminine Hygiene Live Test Set Date.
13-90, Commissary Access During Furloughs.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 13-24.
Performance Measures for 16 – 31 May 2013.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
SAVE THE DATES
June 18, 2013: ALA Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 19, 2013: Commissary Council Consumer Awareness Golf Tournament, Country Club of Petersburg, Petersburg, Va.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
Oct. 15–17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
Cisco software, hardware and maintenance support
Federal Business Opportunities
The Defense Commissary Agency will issued a firm fixed price delivery order HQC007-13-F-0006 against a NASA SEWP IV IDIQ to Thundercat Technology LLC, 1775 Wiehle Avenue, Suite 101, Reston, Virginia 20190-5109, a service disabled, veteran owned small business concern, for brand name Cisco software, hardware and maintenance support for DeCA's VoIP test bed. The delivery date is projected to be July 5, 2013, with the maintenance support starting and lasting one year from the date of product shipment.
Linen/mat rental and cleaning
Federal Business Opportunities
Linen/mat rental and cleaning services, various defense commissary locations in California, Alabama, Utah, Arizona, West Virginia, Maryland, Indiana and Tennessee. The Period of Performance will be for a base period of June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014, and will include four one-year option periods that may extend performance through May 31, 2018.
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Add/alter commissary facility, JBLE Fort Eustis, Virginia
Federal Business Opportunities
The Defense Commissary Agency, Acquisition Management Directorate Construction Design Branch (HQ DeCA/LEAAF), anticipates awarding a firm fixed price construction contract to add/alter the commissary facility at JBLE Fort Eustis, Va. The scope of the project includes the construction of 7,470-square-feet of new addition and the alteration of 97,230-square-feet of the existing commissary at Fort Eustis, Va.
B&G Foods to acquire Pirates Brands for $195 million to bolster snack offerings
The Wall Street Journal
B&G Foods Inc. has agreed to acquire Robert's American Gourmet Food LLC from VMG Partners, Driven Capital Management, founder Robert Ehrlich and other parties for about $195 million in cash, a move that bolsters the packaged-food maker's snack business. Also known as Pirate Brands, Robert's American Gourmet Food's brands include Pirate's Booty, Smart Puffs and Original Tings. "The acquisition of this business and its collection of growing natural snack foods, marks the second addition to our snack foods portfolio since we entered the category last October," B&G Chief Executive David L. Wenner said.
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Ovens and proofers
Federal Business Opportunities
This solicitation is being issued as unrestricted for ovens and proofers, including site surveys de-installation and installation, to be used by Defense Commissary Agency commissaries in the continental United States and for overseas locations. However, for overseas stores, except Alaska and Hawaii, the contractor would only be responsible for preparation for overseas shipment and delivery to the port. A firm-fixed price requirements contract for a base plus four option years will be awarded.
PG presents 2013 Top Women in Grocery winners
Now in its seventh year, Progressive Grocer's Top Women in Grocery awards program recognizes the integral role women play across all areas of the dynamic retail food industry within the retailer and supplier communities in three sectors: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers. "Building on great strides made in recent years, women continue to swell the ranks of key leadership positions, and it's truly an honor to see this program grow to such prominence," said Jeff Friedman, VP/group publisher, Stagnito Media.
6 truths about millennial shoppers
Millennials, consumers ages 18-33, behave differently toward brands than older generations because of instant and continuous access to massive amounts of information, according to a new research study developed in partnership with BeaconUnited, a national grocery broker, ArchPoint Consulting, and powered by business intelligence firm Black Pearl Intelligence. The study, "Six Truths About Millennials to Power Grocery Chain Growth," provides recommendations for grocers and packaged goods manufacturers to capture prized millennial shoppers. The abstract builds on Black Pearl Intelligence's grocery category social media study from 2012, which revealed an explosion of social conversations around the grocery business.
Target's new Simply Balanced line will ditch the genetically modified ingredients
Mother Nature Network
Target has introduced a new store brand called Simply Balanced that will be exclusively natural and organic. All of the products will be free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. About 40 percent of the products will be USDA certified organic. A store having its own private natural and organic label isn't that unusual, but Target is pledging something that not all "natural" products can claim. By the end of 2014, Target says it will eliminate all genetically modified (GMOs) ingredients from the brand.
Nation's largest grocery chain creates app for its card
The country's largest supermarket chain has launched an electronic version of its customer loyalty card, one of several recent initiatives. The new version of Kroger's app, which launched last week, allows customers with loyalty cards to download electronic coupons, renew prescriptions, keep track of fuel rewards, create a shopping list and see weekly advertisements.
Study: 1/3 of shoppers use mobile in stores
One in three grocery shoppers use a mobile device while in a store to look up recipe ideas, coupons, nutritional information or competitor pricing, according to a new study from KSC Kreate, a creative production studio specializing in visual content. The 2013 Grocery Shopping Habits study is based on a survey of more than 570 consumers on grocery shopping behaviors and preferences.
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As it preps for an IPO, the Container Store cleans up
The Container Store is the immediate answer to a lot of consumer questions. How do I tie up all these cords? How can I get more space in my closet? Where can I find a box for my tie? Where can I find a box for my boxes of ties? And a miniature box for my tie-clips? Its proposition is also one investors might buy, as the Container Store angles for a public offering, according to the Wall Street Journal, some 35 years after its first outlet opened near Dallas.
In a grocery face-off, is Costco Amazon-proof?
Seattle-based Amazon.com has a cross-town retail rival in Costco Wholesale, located in nearby Issaquah, Wash., and the histories of the companies are interestingly intertwined. During Amazon's formative years, founder Jeff Bezos got some key advice from his Costco counterpart, Jim Sinegal. And Amazon Prime, the two-day shipping club, was inspired in part by Costco's membership fees and the psychological inclination of shoppers to maximize the benefits of a club they have already paid to join.
J.C. Penney brings men's big and tall sizes back into most stores
The Dallas Morning News
J.C. Penney has rebranded its big and tall men's sections in time for Father's Day and added back extended sizes to hundreds of stores that lost the category last year. The Plano-based retailer is repurposing its Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co. stand-alone chain and extending the brand inside its Penney stores with 1,000- to 1,500-square-foot departments.
Bored at the bus stop? Now you can shop at Wal-Mart while you're waiting
Mobile commerce has permanently shifted consumers' ideas about convenience in retail — so why not check items off your shopping list during that boring downtime when you are waiting for the bus? That's what Wal-Mart and consumer products giant Procter & Gamble were apparently thinking with the recent launch of mobile stores inside 50 Toronto bus shelters.
Target revamps iPhone app to improve in-store experience
Mobile Commerce Daily
With mobile purchases and traffic growing, Target recently revamped its iPhone application to improve navigation and make it easier for users to engage with the app when inside one of the retailer's locations. With the revamp, the retailer has made it easier for users to set their Target stores and to connect to the free in-store Wi-Fi.
NRF survey: Spending on Dad to grow slightly this Father's Day
National Retail Federation
Americans will spend a little bit more on dad this year, stretching their budgets enough to show their favorite man just how much he is appreciated. According to NRF's 2013 Father's Day spending survey conducted by BIGinsight, the average person will shell out $119.84 on Dad's gifts this year, up from $117.14 last year. Total spending for Father's Day is expected to reach $13.3 billion. "Never expecting more than a nice day out or a special family dinner, dads are usually easy to shop for, and families this year will make sure to find the perfect gift for their favorite man this Father's Day," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.
Retailers battle merchandise credit and gift card fraud
The Wall Street Journal
Retailers reported a slight drop in organized retail crime activity in the last year, but the latest survey on the issue by an industry trade group revealed a new trend of organized merchandise credit and gift card fraud plaguing the sector. While 93.5 percent of retailers said they have experienced some form of organized retail crime in the last year down from 96 percent in 2012 8 in 10 retailers believe that organized retail crime activity in the U.S. is up over the past three years, according to the National Retail Federation's ninth annual organized retail crime survey.
Retailers' sales start to thaw in May
The Wall Street Journal
After a cold start to the year, retailers began to thaw in May as promotions and warmer temperatures later in the month helped buoy sales. The month was marked by discounts as retailers sought to clear out spring and early summer merchandise that failed to inspire customers during a colder-than-usual March and April. "Back-to-school and fall shipments are on their way to stores soon so retailers had to look at inventory closely and be promotional," said Joel Bines, co-head of the retail practice at consultancy AlixPartners.
Retailers add 28,000 jobs in May
Women's Wear Daily
Retailers, banking on steady consumer spending and higher consumer confidence, added 28,000 jobs to payrolls in May as employment grew for the overall economy. (Subscription required.)
Wal-Mart buys a 'predictive analytics' firm
The e-commerce innovation arm of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has acquired a firm that specializes in analyzing "big data" to help retailers improve their online merchandising, marketing and fraud prevention applications.
Corporate attitudes, adoption trends of multi-channel and omni-channel marketing
National Retail Federation
Advancements in digital technology are causing a seismic shift in consumer purchase behavior. Customers today access multiple channels to execute a purchase, leading to the requirement that all channels work seamlessly to support the brand and the experience. This trend started with the Internet, but is now being advanced in a very dramatic and rapid fashion due to mobile and other digital technologies.
Opportunity knocks for convenience stores
Convenience Store News
As convenience stores continue to battle other channels in a space that has traditionally been their own, the competition can seem daunting. But a new report shines light on some opportunities for c-store retailers. According to Information Resources Inc.'s latest Times & Trends report, "Convenience Stores: Keep the Core; Appeal to More," c-stores are beginning to stray from the one-size-fits-all store model. Instead, they are replacing long aisles with kiosks, experimenting with larger footprints and adding "good-for-you" products next to the candy bars.
Will higher gas prices curb your summer driving?
As summer vacation season starts, motorists are casting a wary eye on the gas pump, concerned that rising prices could siphon off money they would rather spend on having fun. Nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.63 this week, up six cents from a month ago and nine cents from a year earlier, according to AAA. And despite that recent increase, analysts believe gas prices will level off or even decrease soon for most U.S. regions.
Building organized retail action plans through coordination, collaboration and ingenuity
Retail's BIG Blog
The adage "there is no 'I' in team" certainly applies to retail. Analysts crunch data to find sales trends that drive the development of merchandise for design teams. But in retail loss prevention, these teams often stretch beyond internal resources. When it comes to building a cohesive organized retail crime action plan, creative partnerships are essential to combat the ever-growing savvy of criminals.
Wal-Mart's everyday hiring strategy: Add more temps
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has in recent months been only hiring temporary workers at many of its U.S. stores, the first time the world's largest retailer has done so outside of the holiday shopping season. A Reuters survey of 52 stores run by the largest U.S. private employer in the past month, including one in every U.S. state, showed that 27 were hiring only temps, 20 were hiring a combination of regular full, part-time and temp jobs, and five were not hiring at all.
AAFES SD-C Policy announcement (change)
Good morning all,
The following policies will be effective Aug. 13, 2013, for all Retail Food items.
These policies are applicable to Retail Food and no other Consumable categories.
Discontinued Items from the Plan-o-Gram
All vendors will be billed at 50 percent of cost effective the publish date of the POG to cover markdowns.
One Time Buys
All vendors will be billed at 50 percent of cost of OTB's after the product has been on the sales floor for 60 days to clear all residual inventory.
Thank you for your continuing support.
David H. Arens
Divisional Merchandise Manager Retail Food
The Exchange has changed the titles of five executives at HQs.
They are as follows:
- SVP SD changed to Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO)
- SVP Plans changed to Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)
- SVP FA changed to Chief Finance Officer (CFO)
- SVP IT changed to Chief Information Officer (CIO)
- SVP HR changed to Chief Human Resource Officer
NEX customers make record donations to Navy Marine Corps Relief Society
On June 10, Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi (Ret), Chief Executive Officer, Navy Exchange Service Command presented a ceremonial check to Adm. Steve Abbot, USN, (Ret), President and Chief Executive Officer of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, symbolizing the record breaking $357,690 donated to NMCRS by NEX customers during a promotional event held in the spring.
"We are happy once again to represent the thousands of NEX patrons who chose to donate to this Navy and Marine Corps focused cause and we are proud to present this check on behalf of our customers," said Bianchi. "This is the third year customers have been able to purchase benefit tickets to support the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. Each year, NEX customers have responded with greater generosity and enthusiasm than the year before."
Beginning in March, NEX customers were able to purchase a $5 card to benefit the NMCRS. The ticket entitled customers to specific discounts for a one-time purchase on either April 22 or 23.
"We are grateful for this strategic partnership with the Navy Exchange Command," said Abbot. "This generous donation will make a significant, positive impact on the Society's ability to provide emergency financial assistance for active duty and retired Sailors, Marines and their families. Thank you to all those who contributed!"
ALA is moving! In mid-July, ALA HQ will be moved to a new location, just a block from our current address. Beginning July 15, our new address will be 1101 Vermont Avenue, Suite 1002, Washington, DC 20005-3560. As our move date approaches, we will update you with further details.
Digital 2013 Worldwide Directory available!
More than just a magazine, the ALA Worldwide Directory connects you to the Military Resale Industry your peers, your customers, your association. All with just a few clicks.
With just an Internet connection and your ALA username and password, you can quickly locate contact information for fellow members and our military resale partners, and so much more.
The Digital Edition of the 2013 Worldwide Directory is now available. An exact representation of the printed Directory, this online edition is an added bonus for members, offering greater flexibility and functionality than its printed twin.
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Gateway Military Sales, LLC appoints new business development manager
Fast growing company strengthens resources
Gateway Military Sales, LLC recently announced that Bill Isaac has joined the company to further develop their growth in the Military Resale channel, Worldwide. A United States Army Veteran, Bill comes with a 30-plus years of leadership and management expertise, having spent the last four years with Bethel-Eckert Enterprises, LLC as their Sales and Marketing Director. Bill was instrumental in resolving risks and removing obstacles to build the business for Military customers and manufacturers.
Bill joins Gateway as Business Development Manager to continue Gateway's recent success at providing business and supply-chain services to Military Resale customers. Bill comments "I look forward to continuing my work in the Military Resale channel and adding to Gateway's success."
John Shelley, Managing Principal, said "Bill's experience provides Gateway with a unique set of skills that will expand our product assortment, logistics and supply-chain initiatives. We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to continue to grow and provide necessary services in this channel. Bill will play an important role in our company’s future. In addition, it is wonderful to have a Veteran on board."
About Gateway Military Sales, LLC
Gateway Military Sales, LLC provides supply-chain management resources with sales & marketing programs that deliver products to all facets of the $21B Military Resale channel. From truckload to small store door shipments, Gateway fills the growing demand for meat, seafood, produce, dairy, deli, bakery, grab & go, specialty and good for you products. More information on the company’s achievements, services and history is available through the following links.
Web Page: www.gatewaymilitary.com/
Gateway Military Sales, LLC
John Shelley, Managing Principal
Coast Guard Exchange announces new store at new USCG headquarters
When the Coast Guard moves to its new headquarters to the historic St. Elizabeths campus in Ward 8, they will have a familiar friend following close behind. Beginning in August 2013, Coast Guard Headquarters will relocate from its current location at Buzzard Point to the historic St. Elizabeths Hospital site. The new, state-of-the-art Coast Guard Headquarters will be a part of the consolidated U.S. Department of Homeland Security campus. And following right behind in October, the Coast Guard Exchange will open an all-new 6,000-square-foot CGX store inside the first floor of an historic building on the campus.
Renovation of the building and construction of the new store is being performed through a partnership with GSA and DHS. Once open, customers will be able to shop for a broad array of merchandise in a warm and friendly environment. Several new brands and categories of merchandise will be available for the first time to customers at the USCG headquarters CGX. In addition to uniforms and Coast Guard souvenir merchandise, the planned assortment includes shoes, handbags, jewelry, and an electronics department that features an Apple center as well as computers, and TVs. The store will also provide conveniences such as a coffee bar and a variety of snacks and chilled beverages. And to complete the one-stop-shopping convenience, services will also be available inside the new CGX, including Dry Cleaning and Barber Shop/Salon.
CGX operates 67 stores throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico under the banners CGX, CGX MarketPlace, CGXpress and online at shopCGX.com. CGX is part of the United States Coast Guard Community Services Command with a vision to be your destination of choice for Exchange and MWR benefits. Our mission is to deliver outstanding value, service, and convenience to the Coast Guard family and support the readiness and retention of those who protect and defend the homeland.
Over the last 10 years, CGX has contributed over $22.7 million to Coast Guard MWR programs and invested over $22 million in renovating aging stores and opening new stores for the convenience and benefit of the Coast Guard, family members and other eligible CGX beneficiaries.
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Save the dates:
June 18, 2013: 2013 Congressional Caucus & Public Policy Forum, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Prior to the beginning of the governments new fiscal year we have congressional representatives addressing legislative and policy issues impacting the military resale and MWR/Services industry. The forum takes place on Capitol Hill to showcase the association's efforts to strengthen existing relationships and forge new partnerships with the Administration, Congress and Department of Defense.
June 24, 2013: NY Chapter Golf event at West Point - To benefit the Military Commander's Scholarship Fund.
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013: 66th ALA National Convention, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, La.
Oct. 15-17, 2013: 2013 Hawaii Trade and Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii
Dec. 5, 2013: ALA NY Chapter Annual Holiday Luncheon, New York City.
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NEX, commissary and MWR show Yokosuka some love
Fleet Activities, Yokosuka Navy Exchange, Defense Commissary Agency commissary and Morale Welfare and Recreation held their annual customer appreciation weekend at the red brick area outside the main base commissary, May 25-26. The joint festivities and sales coincide with Memorial Day Weekend and Commissary Awareness Month and are a chance for the on-base retailers to say thank you to the local community for their continued patronage.
2,000 civilian workers issued furlough notices
Proposal of furlough notices were recently issued to 2,000 civilians working for the Department of Defense who may potentially be impacted by sequestration. The reduction in work hours will begin on July 8, giving workers about one month to brace for the cuts. "These are very trying and difficult times," noted Joint Region Marianas deputy public affairs officer Coleen San Nicolas-Perez. She's among some 2,000 civilians who recently received proposal of furlough notices.
FMWR establishes new, instant 'know zone' text service
It's not who you know, it's what you know in the information age, and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation can get you in that "know zone" if you text OKFMWR to 99000. "We know that the fliers and the posters and the emails that we send out sometimes are not reaching our customers the way we'd like them to," said FMWR marketing manager Patricia "Ocie" Jacobs-Pejcic.
Defense civilians make last ditch effort to end furloughs
Beleaguered federal employees have taken to the White House's petition website to challenge the Pentagon's decision to furlough most of its civilian workforce for 11 days in fiscal 2013. "We the People, Department of Defense federal employees, petition the President of the United States to STOP Secretary Hagel for issuing 11 days furlough starting July 8, 2013," the petition's author wrote. "Federal employees have contributed enough in the last three years with pay freezes and lay-offs."
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