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President's Message

A Leader and A Friend Departs OSD:
DoD Family Programs Chief Resigns - The Pentagon official responsible for family programs has resigned. Tommy Thomas, deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy, had been in his position for 10 months before resigning March 11. Secretary Thomas hit the ground running and managed issues in a "boots on the ground" approach by going out and seeing the problems first hand. He was passionate about his mission and understood the resale world from the perspective of a base commander. He will be missed.

A Special Guest Joined Us at the Exchange Roundtable:
Jim Webb Shows His Passion for Service Members and Veterans - Virginia Democrat Jim Webb, a take-charge senator who in just his second year conceived and negotiated passage of the Post- 9/11 GI Bill, has made it clear that he will continue to influence issues that affect on the lives of service members, retirees, reservists and their families. We had the great fortune of having Ms. Jeannie Evans a senior staff member from Senator's Webb's office join us for much of the Exchange Roundtable. Ms. Evans has a extensive knowledge of the resale programs and their benefit to the military community and has been a friend of the ALA for years.


ALA Salutes Two Exceptional Resale Executives:
We took a few moments at the Exchange Roundtable to recognize two exceptional resale executives that will be departing later this year. Maggie Burgess, AAFES and Mike Tharrington, MCCS will be retiring and beginning a new chapter in their lives. These two dedicated professionals have a track record of career accomplishment and have improved the quality of life for our troops and their families through their service. We will miss them and we wish them well.

Congressional Panel Calls for Repeal of the 3 Percent Withholding Provision:
Congressional panel seeks broad Defense acquisition overhaul
By Robert Brodsky, Government Executive
Interim report suggests clearer contract requirements and stronger oversight of performance.
Full story: www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=44778&dcn=e_ndw

This is good news and the payoff for determination and hard work to get additional attention focused on this issue that could cause problems for military resale and ultimately raise prices to the troops and their families…we will continue to monitor this issue closely.


Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA





Wounded Warrior Flight in Pacific Prowler B-25 to Doolittle Reunion

The Doolittle Raiders Reunion, set for April 16 to 18 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, is sure to be a memorable event, and now the folks who fly the Pacific Prowler B-25 - including our own ALA Vice President, Bob Ellis - will be providing six wounded warriors the chance of a lifetime to ride along with them on their flight to Dayton, Ohio.

The Prowler, operated by a nonprofit group based at the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, was built in 1944 at North American's Kansas City plant and joined the Army Air Force in 1945. The airplane has been featured in about 80 Hollywood films, including Memphis Belle, Flight of the Phoenix, and Catch 22. "The Pacific Prowler is one of the most stunning B-25s flying today." For more information about the program contact the group at their Web site www.pacificprowler.org/.



ALA Events Open to Non-Members

Dear Prospective Member,

This year the ALA is offering a unique partnership opportunity to attract new members and demonstrate the benefits of the association. We are allowing non-member companies to attend one of our key business meetings held between now and the end of June with the payment of the registration fee and an additional premium(1) that will be applied to the 2010/2011 membership dues if the company applies for membership prior to July 1, 2010(2). The meetings include:

2010 Exchange Roundtable, March 15-17, in Norfolk, Va. This segment of the military market represents nearly $14 billion in sales from a mass merchandise type format to gas stations and Convenience stores. Meeting includes key updates and topic specific breakout sessions providing insight into this $14 billion business channel.

2010 DeCA/ALA Worldwide Partnership Summit and Training Event, June 7-11, Atlanta, Ga. This meeting will be attended by all DeCA store directors world wide along with all key decision makers in the agency. Business base is over $6 billion in a supermarket like assortment with the opportunity for world wide distribution and sales. Includes an opportunity to learn how to do business with the government and develop your business approach.

2010 ALA Congressional Caucus, June 15 in Washington, D.C. The ALA is the recognized advocate in the nation's capitol when addressing issues impacting the military resale channel. This Capitol Hill symposium is attended by all of the senior members of military resale and focuses on the key issues facing the military business channel. Topic specific presentations are made by subject matter experts along with timely presentations from key members of Congress and the Administration. This day long event includes a "power" reception in the evening with members of congress and their staffs.

This presents a great opportunity to learn about this great business opportunity, experience the partnership opportunities membership in the association provides and see the impact the association has on Capitol Hill. The ALA has been supporting world class quality of life for our troops and their families through strong resale benefits for over 90 years. The staff of the association consists of senior executives with demonstrated records of performance. This is your opportunity to join us. For additional information about the specific agendas and registration for these meetings or any other information you need about the association, please visit our Web site at ALA-National.org.  I look forward to seeing you at one of our events.

Sincerely,


Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA



Washington
Update


Blue Dogs advocate three years of spending cuts
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Reps. Frank Kratovil of Maryland and Travis Childers of Mississippi are leading a group of Blue Dogs who plan to introduce legislation that would cut nonsecurity discretionary spending by 2 percent for each of the next three fiscal years and freeze spending levels for two years after that. More

Veteran Unemployment Compensation
Military.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you are a servicemember separating from active duty you may qualify for unemployment compensation if you are unable to find a new job. The Unemployment Compensation for Ex-service members (UCX) program provides benefits for eligible ex-military personnel. The program is administered by the States as agents of the Federal government. More

Administration gets tough on improper payments
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President Obama signed a memorandum directing federal agencies to use more incentive-based audit techniques to recoup billions of taxpayer dollars wasted through error or fraud. More

Rethink alcohol ban in war zones
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Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., a Vietnam veteran and former war correspondent who now chairs the Senate panel that oversees military personnel policy, seemed to endorse the idea of letting troops in war zones drink alcohol as a way to relieve combat stress. More

Mayport will be home for new Navy LCS ships
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Mayport Naval Station will be the primary homeport on the East Coast for the Navy’s newest class of ships, the service's highest ranking officer said Wednesday, meaning the base would not suffer the personnel losses expected as its older ships are retired. More

Commissary News


Michelle Obama at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (Transcript)
Chicago Sun-Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As of 2006, folks were spending about 22 percent of their grocery dollars on sweets, salty snacks, and desserts - and that's compared to a little over 12 percent on fruits and vegetables. More

Zavers, A&P offering mobile coupon simplicity, savings
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A&P and digital incentive and information management company Zavers have joined forces to give shoppers what the companies call "an unprecedented level of simplicity, savings and convenience in mobile couponing," starting this month at participating A&P stores. More

Health department unveils new virtual supermarket
AFRO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In an effort to provide affordable and healthy groceries to the community, the Baltimore City Health Department and Santoni's Supermarket have partnered to create the Virtual Supermarket Project, which will allow residents to order groceries online and pick them up at the Orleans and Washington Village branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. More

Gaining Ground
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The laws of supermarket economics bent under the pressures of 2009. The formulas that had reliably driven profits for years were tested by the extraordinary environment of deep recession, high unemployment and product-price deflation. More

Restaurant, grocery price hikes offset by deals
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Grocers and restaurant operators will raise prices in 2010 as commodity costs rise, but most of the increases are likely to be given right back to consumers as "special" discounts and coupons. More

Analysts see Wal-Mart's price cuts hurting grocers
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If Wal-Mart Stores Inc. lowers prices on grocery items in its stores, as anticipated, it could extend the price wars among grocers, analysts said. More

FDA releases 'Start at the Store Foodborne Illness Prevention' video
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The Food and Drug Administration has released a new Consumer Update video offering information about "safe supermarket" food-handling practices. The video provides tips for keeping food safe while guiding viewers through a grocery store. More

Shopping aisles at cutting edge of consumer research and tech
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Warning: After reading this story, you might feel like a lab rat the next time you are in a supermarket. More

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Web site as of 5 p.m., 16 March:

PROMOTIONS
  • Spring Club Pack May Quantities and Update #3
  • Summer Club Pack Program
  • Far East & Alaska Jun-Aug Suncare Quantities
NOTICES TO TRADE
  • 10-60, Images for Club Pack, Power Buy and Primary Items in 2010
  • 10-61, Promotional Matrix Input for 2010, Input Form and Master Matrix
  • 10-62, Semi-Annual Truck Load Sales of Frozen Food and Truck Load Items
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates
  • Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 10- 9 Corrected Copy and week 10-11
  • FY10 Sales & Customers by Dept by Store by Month and YTD through Feb 10
  • Feb 10 versus Feb 09 Region Sales Comparison
DeCA NEWS RELEASES
  • 24-10, Commissaries kick off "Your Pet, Your Family" campaign with poster
  • 25-10, Avoid the dinnertime rush hour; use a menu planner
  • 26-10, DeCA fills operations director vacancy in Europe, West and pictures


Exchange
News


FDA issues rule restricting marketing of tobacco to kids
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A set of federal requirements designed to curb access to and the appeal of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to children and adolescents was issued by the Food and Drug Administration here Thursday. The new rule becomes effective June 22. More

Checks go high-tech at AAFES outlets
The Signal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The check "float" at the BX/PX is going the way of rotary phones and dot matrix printers as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service converts to a paper check conversion system this year. More

Easter shoppers set to spend $13 billion
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Consumers are expected to spend about $13 billion this Easter, the 5th biggest spending season of the year, according to the National Retail Federation, a retail trade group. That's up about 2 percent from last year. More

Wal-Mart, Target named Most Valuable Retail Brands
Consumer Goods Technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retail brand consultants Interbrand Design Forum released the Most Valuable U.S. Retail Brands report, the second ranking of the top 50 retail brands. Wal-Mart claimed top honors as the most valuable retail brand, followed by Target (No. 2), Best Buy (No. 3), The Home Depot (No. 4) and Walgreens (No. 5). More

Consumer spending perks up economy
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A string of surprisingly strong corporate earnings reports and economic data show that U.S. consumers have emerged from a long hibernation to start spending again on everything from new TVs and restaurant meals to spring outfits. More

The Pantry readies new food options
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pantry, which operates more than 1,600 convenience stores throughout the Southeast U.S., will introduce new, on-the-go food options chainwide this year. More

Pent-up desire to shop drives improved sales performance for U.S. retailers
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As the employment picture stabilizes and the stock market posts moderate gains, consumers that have denied themselves all indulgences for the past two years are starting to come back into stores, new data suggests. More

Blockbuster warns it may file for bankruptcy
Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Blockbuster Inc. says its liquidity constraints and tougher competition may force the company to file for bankruptcy protection. That is, unless it can convince its creditors to restructure a large chunk of the company’s debt or its declining video and game rental business manages to turnaround, according to a filing yesterday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. More

Washington
Update


The Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Program has been recognized as essential for creating and maintaining the morale of military personnel. Services programs have long provided essential food, fitness, lodging, recreation and services for military members.

MWR programs were first introduced during the Revolutionary War. With the establishment of a huge "citizen" army during World War I, the United Service Organizations (Inc.) was founded along with programs like library services, troop canteens, and sports programs. In 1920, the Army Motion Picture Service was set up and was soon to be followed by the founding of service clubs later during World War II.

Services programs also began during the Revolutionary War, with billeting and food facilities serving as fundamental necessities for military troops. Services' roots sprang from the supply and civil engineering career fields and Services branched off as its own entity in 1991.

MWR and Services merged Air Force wide in 1992. On Jan. 1, 1994, the Air Force Morale, Welfare, Recreation, and Services Agency was renamed Air Force Services Agency, reflecting what the agency's programs are all about - service.


Military Personnel Subcommittee Hearing Schedule Posted:


March 23, 2010, Tuesday
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
HVC-210, the Capitol (Tentative)
Subject: Military Associations Legislative Priorities
Witnesses: (TBD)

March 25, 2010, Thursday
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Not yet scheduled
Witnesses:

April 13, 2010, Tuesday
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: DOD Medical Centers of Excellence
Witnesses: DOD Witnesses (TBD)

April 15, 2010, Thursday
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Supporting the Reserve Components as an Operational
Reserve – Key Military Personnel legislative initiatives
Witnesses: DOD Witnesses (TBD)

April 20, 2010, Tuesday
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Implementation of the Requirement to Provide a Medical Examination Before Separating Members Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the Capacity of DOD to Provide Care to PTSD Cases
Witnesses: DOD (TBD)

April 21, 2010, Wednesday
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
HVC-210, the Capitol (Tentative)
Subject: Defense Health Program
Witnesses: DOD Witnesses (TBD)

April 23, 2010, Friday
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2118 Rayburn House Office Building
Subject: Military Resale and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Overview
Witnesses: Panel One: Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness, the Commanders of the Military Resale Activities, the Service Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Chiefs. Panel Two: American Logistics Association, Armed Forces Marketing Council


Executive Promotions

On behalf of the Commander, AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive promotions. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • Andrew J. Keilholz, PB 4F Organizational Development Manager III, Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Senior Career Manager, Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES in March 2010
  • Michael J. King, PB 4F Project Manager, Information Technology Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Senior Project Manager, Information Technology Directorate, HQ AAFES in February 2010
  • Amanda M. Kruse, PB 4F Exchange Retail Business Manager, Fort Lewis/McChord AFB Exchange, Western Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), Fort Carson Exchange, Western Region in May 2010
  • Patrick L. Oldenburgh Jr., PB 4F Human Resources Manager V (OSE), Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES (Duty Station: Lakenheath Exchange) to the position of PB 5A Region Human Resources Manager VI (OSE), Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES (Duty Station: Wiesbaden Exchange) in July 2010
  • Sandra G. Reed, PB 4F Sales & Merchandise Manager, Ramstein Exchange, Europe Region to the position of PB 5A Store Manager (MS), KCP Yongsan Exchange, Pacific Region in June 2010
  • Shirley Strano, PB 4F Merchandise & Inventory Planning Manager, Sales Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5B Planning, Allocation, Replenishment Manager, Sales Directorate, HQ AAFES in February 2010
  • Robert E. Wallis, PB 4F Contract Team Leader, Procurement Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Procurement Manager, Procurement Directorate, HQ AAFES in March 2010
  • Patricia A. Waterreus, PB 4F Career Manager II, Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Learning Operations Manager, Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES in March 2010
  • Brandy R. Yates, PB 4F Auditor II, Audit Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of PB 5A Auditor III, Audit Directorate, HQ AAFES in March 2010
On behalf of the Commander, AAFES, I am pleased to announce the following executive assignments. Please help me in congratulating these deserving associates:
  • Matthew A. Beatty, Store Manager (MS), Fort Carson Exchange, Western Region to the position of Training Center Manager, Human Resources Directorate, HQ AAFES (Duty Station: San Antonio) in May 2010
  • Robert D. Boggs, HQ Facility Manager (OCONUS), Mainz Kastel Exchange, Europe Region to the position of Senior Business Program Specialist Supervisor, Real Estate Directorate, HQ AAFES in July 2010
  • Michael T. Gerth, VP Direct Marketing, Marketing Directorate, HQ AAFES to the position of Region VP, Europe Region in November 2010
  • Herbertina C. Johnson, EEO Counsel AE Manager, Command Group/EEO Office, HQ AAFES to the position of Director of Diversity, Command Group/Diversity Office, HQ AAFES in March 2010
  • Michael L. Whisler, Executive Administrator to COO, Command Group, HQ AAFES to the position of Area Manager, Hickam AFB Exchange, Pacific Region in October 2010
CONGRATULATIONS!

Please disseminate to our AAFES family!

JAMES E. MOORE
Senior Vice President
Human Resources
 


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