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President's Message

David G. Monette:

David Goodrich Monette, formerly of Suffolk, Va., passed away on Jan. 11, 2012, in Richmond, Virginia. Monette was born in Boston, Mass., on Jan. 26, 1937. He was predeceased by his parents, Valmore Harrison Monette and Jane Goodrich Alexander, and his brother, Richard Wayne Monette. He is survived by his wife, Georgellen Harrell Monette; his daughter, Noelle Chapman Monette; his son, Colin Thomas Monette and wife, Jennie Powell Monette; and his two grandchildren, Harrison Thomas Monette and Tyler Royall Monette. He is also survived by his brother, Alan Valmore Monette and wife, Margaret Elizabeth Monette; his sister, Ann Winston Monette and husband, Donald A. Haight; and his sister, Marcy Gale Monette; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

David graduated from Smithfield High School in 1955. He joined the United States Marine Corp where he served until 1958, and remained in the reserves until 1961. In 1960, he received an Associate's Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In 1939, his father founded V. H. Monette and Company, a brokerage company representing manufacturers to the military resale system. David joined the company in 1960 and served as sales manager for their European division which directed marketing for that group. In 1963, he returned to the headquarters for the corporation in Smithfield, Va., as vice president of sales and marketing representing 20 consumer product manufacturers to the military resale system. Following the death of his father in 1974, Monette assumed the responsibility of the company as president. At that time, the company represented over 30 manufacturers to the military's commissaries and exchanges around the world.

In 1986, he and his brother, Alan, merged their company with Overseas Service Corporation of West Palm Beach, Fla., and they served as consultants for the next five years. After a brief retirement, David served as a Consultant and Director of Sales for Pre-Mix Industries, a Quikrete Company, for their retail and construction divisions until he "finally" retired in 2000.

Monette served as chairman of the board for Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, as a Trustee at Hampden-Sydney College and was active with many other civic, church and nonprofit organizations throughout his life.

A graveside funeral service was conducted on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Historic St. Luke's Cemetery in Smithfield, Va., by The Rev. Ben R. Duffey and The Rev. Gary J. M. Barker, Jr. The family received friends and family on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at R. W. Baker & Company Funeral Home and Crematory in Suffolk, Va.

In 1986, Monette's passion for the arts inspired him to establish an Art Show and Sale at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. In its 26th year, this endeavor continues to enrich the arts in the community. An art scholarship is currently being established in his name at the Academy. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the David G. Monette Scholarship Fund for the Arts at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, 3373 Pruden Blvd., Suffolk, Va., 23434.


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Joint Chiefs chairman defends budget-cutting
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Durham Herald-Sun, Neil Offen
The U.S. armed forces are "not being victimized" by a change in American defense strategy that calls for scaling back military spending, says the nation's top soldier.

Defense department:

US to withdraw about 7,000 troops from Europe
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Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News
The United States plans to withdraw about 7,000 U.S. troops of the 81,000 troops based in Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

US faces new challenge of fewer troops in Europe
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The New York Times, Thom Shanker and Steven Erlanger
With word that the Pentagon will bring two combat brigades home from Germany, the Obama administration faces a challenge to convince Atlantic allies that the military's new orders to refocus on the Asia-Pacific region, while sustaining its role in the Middle East, will not mean abandoning Europe to fit shrinking budgets.

European pullout
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Army Times, Michelle Tan and Richard Sandza
As many as 10,000 soldiers — and as many as 25,000 dependents — are expected to withdraw from Europe as the U.S. juggles shrinking budgets and force reductions with maintaining strong relationships with its allies, officials said.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Air Force General: N. Korean leaders 'behaving themselves' to ensure food aid
Honolulu Star-Advertiser    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While South Korea and some defense experts expect provocational attacks from the North with a succession of power to the son of the country's former leader, the deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii said he doesn't think that will be the case. (Free subscription required) More

Early retirement for the lucky few
Air Force Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Faced with a shrinking budget and historically high retention, the Air Force will start letting some airmen retire at 15 years beginning in 2013, the Air Force's personnel chief said. But Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones warns that the retirements will be offered to a small, targeted group of officers and enlisted airmen. More

Commissary News

Cooking for 1: Vegetable shopping in the freezer
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For those accustomed to shopping at farmers markets and/or growing vegetables at home, it's tempting to lament the onset of winter. More

Hire Veterans and Military Spouses

Please communicate your jobs available for veterans and military spouses. Place notices for local or national employment opportunities in their official military base newspapers. Contact

Complying with meat labeling rules
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To help grocers understand the ramifications of USDA's mandatory meat labeling rule, Hobart Corp. has created a white paper that explains the types and cuts of meat and poultry that are affected and what labeling actions a grocer must take to be compliant. More

From fancy salt to gourmet trucks, an appetizing look at 2012
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This year's Winter Fancy Food Show offered a glimpse into the possible future of the grocery cart or dinner table. More

Social Media for Military Families
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10 ways to keep your children entertained while doing your coupon shopping
The Huntsville Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You have organized your coupons from your daily newspaper. You have printed your coupons from You have your list made, you have your plan, but your babysitter just canceled. Even though the last thing you want to do is take your children on a couponing trip to the grocery store, sometimes you just have to. The following is a list of ideas you might want to try to entertain your children while in the grocery store. More

Online grocery shopping on the rise
Newcastle Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The weekly trawl up and down the supermarket aisles may seem an inescapable part of life, but many are turning away from traditional shopping and taking advantage of online and home delivery services to get their fix of fruit, veggies and groceries. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., 19 Jan 12.

DP #4, Update #1.
Easter Ham, Update #1.
Winter Club Pack, Update #3 and CONUS March Quantities.

12-20, Store Reset Dates — Fort Meade has been CANCELED.
12-34, Store Reset Dates — Nellis.
12-36, Category Plans (March & April 2012 Category Review Templates).

Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-3.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.
FDS Distributor Codes effective 12 Jan. 2012.
FDS Distributor Change Form for East (1/12/12),
Midwest/West (1/12/12) and Alphabetical Listing (12/6/11).

ALA Announcements

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Exchange News

Kodak files for bankruptcy
Thomas Reuters News & Insight    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Eastman Kodak Co, which invented the hand-held camera and helped bring the world the first pictures from the moon, has filed for bankruptcy protection, capping a prolonged plunge for one of America's best-known companies. The more than 130-year-old photographic film pioneer, which had tried to restructure to become a seller of consumer products like cameras, said it had also obtained a $950 million, 18-month credit facility from Citigroup to keep it going.

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Holiday 2011 shopping: A tough economy sharply divides winners and losers
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The holiday season clearly illustrated the sharp divide created by the current tough economy. Several retailers struck the right note with holiday shoppers, including Macy's, which continues to win with its local merchandising strategy; Costco and TJX, which attract bargain-hunting fashionistas; and Limited Brands, which brought in shoppers seeking affordable luxuries. More

Global retail theft barometer
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Retail employees out-steal shoppers in North America, where total shrinkage amounted to $45.3 billion in 2011, according to the Global Retail Theft Barometer generated by the Centre for Retail Researching in Nottingham, England. Employee theft accounts for 44.1 percent of retail shrink in North America, while customer theft — including shoplifting and organized retail crime — is responsible for 43.2 percent, says Dr. Joshua Bamfield, director of CRR and author of the study. The total cost of theft amounts to 1.45 percent of sales, according to Bamfield. More

Express CMO Lisa Gavales shares how to turn 'likes' in to sales
Retail's BIG Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Express doesn't just sell stylish clothes to trend-setting young women and men. The brand invites customers into a world of fashion, music and runway glamour, providing video from photo shoots, interviews with popular bands and lively interactions with customers via social media. More

Retailers' love affair with celebrities will blossom In 2012
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Retailers' relationships with celebrities have blossomed from fling into full-blown love affair in recent years, as major department stores and mass retailers have secured exclusive celebrity lines as a means of differentiating themselves from competitors and attracting consumers. More

Retail sales show slack
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Results from the first U.S. retailers to report December sales on Jan. 5 were mixed, with Costco and Limited Brands reporting higher-than-expected same-store sales growth. Thomson Reuters predicts a 3.3 percent gain for the month from the 22 retail chains it tracks. (Subscription required.) More

Macy's, Shopko and Dollar General to open stores
Women's Wear Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Specialty retailers may be paring back their square footage, but department stores and discount chains are eyeing expansion in the new year and beyond. Macy's detailed plans this week for five new stores set to open in 2013 and 2014, while discounters Shopko and Dollar General both detailed ambitious expansion plans for this year. (Subscription required.) More

Retailers stuff their stores with QR codes
Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers shopping in some New England stores this past holiday season may have spotted Quick Response codes in some unusual places. Research from mobile marketing and technology firm Nellymoser Inc. found that of more than 700 stores canvassed in the Boston area, 23 contained at least one QR code, a type of two-dimensional bar code. More

Retail and consumer products: Entering a new era of growth
National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Slower-than-historic post-recessionary growth and the persistent high levels of unemployment are key issues facing businesses today. More importantly, employment growth and rising income represent opportunities to drive market share and higher sales. More

Consumer confidence up
Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumer confidence rose more than forecast in January, reaching its highest level in eight months amid signs of an improving labor market. More

Bona fide convenience store expert reveals industry 'secrets'
CSP    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Convenience stores might not top the average person's list of marvelous technological achievements, but as The History Channel's Modern Marvels makes clear in an episode on the c-store phenomenon, there is much more to America's go-to pit stops than coffee, soda, snacks and hot dogs. More

Mild winter changes US business climate
The associated Press via The Blade    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Out of a relatively balmy winter have sprung some economic surprises. People have more cash because they aren't turning up the thermostat. Airlines don't have to de-ice planes or battle blizzards. And shoppers are finding great deals on coats and boots. More

Best Buy to form new connected devices merchandising group
Kantar Retail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Best Buy will combine several of its retail groups into a new "Connectivity Business Group" to help sell connected devices ranging from computers to tablets, e-readers and mobile phones — Best Buy's fastest growing categories. More

Dollar stores: The 1-stop shop for home decorating?
Time    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Forget about Ethan Allen, or even IKEA. The hottest way to outfit nearly every room in your home is by scouring for treasures at dollar stores. More

Burger King tests out delivery service in Virginia, Maryland
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Burger King Holdings Inc., the operator of 7,500 fast-food restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, is trying out delivery service at some stores in Virginia and Maryland as a possible way to boost sales. "We are currently testing the service to bring this convenience to the U.S.," Kristen Hauser, a spokeswoman for Burger King, said in an email. The Miami-based chain will expand its test to 16 locations from four by Jan. 23, she said, declining to say whether the service will be offered nationwide. More

Retailers in for steady, modest growth in 2012
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hopefully, retailers liked 2011, because 2012 is looking like it will offer more of the same. A consensus is emerging that the new year will again bring a slow but steady increase in business, after moderate growth last year that was capped by a holiday season that saw shoppers spend if stores gave out bargains. More

In new ads, stirring memories of commercials past
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Comfort marketing is part of efforts to reassure consumers who demand value for money that they are buying products that have stood the test of time. But to counter perceptions that brands trading in nostalgia are too old-fashioned for contemporary needs, many of the revivals, like StarKist, also involve updating and refreshing the mascots, songs, slogans and other venerable ad elements. More

Store spotlight: A new brand with a retro feel
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Olin Furr and his wife, Amy, are not strangers to the convenience store business. They have operated as BP jobbers for more than 20 years at Monroe Oil Co. in Monroe, N.C., and actually bought the company from its original owners seven years ago. Monroe operates a few c-stores, including a truck stop, but none of them ever had their own brand identity — until the creation of its new Fill Good store. More

T-Mobile and Wal-Mart stretch meaning of 'unlimited' with cheap family plans
PCWorld    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
T-Mobile and Wal-Mart are touting a new unlimited talk, text and data plan for cheap — as long as you accept a loose definition of "unlimited." The Family Mobile Plan starts at $45 per month, plus $35 for each additional line. While voice minutes and text messages are truly unlimited, families will be throttled to sub-3G speeds after they use 250MB of data in one month. As a promo, T-Mobile and Wal-Mart are offering 5GB of uncapped data to families that sign up before March 17 — however, this promo rate only lasts through the end of March. More

Exchange Announcements

A Message from the Commander
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

As the Army & Air Force Exchange Service converts the Commanding General's position from a military billet to a civilian executive, leadership is taking steps to ensure a seamless transition that will allow our team to continue delivering superior service and support to our military community around the world.

With this in mind, the Exchange's Board of Directors has named Michael Howard as the acting CEO/director upon my change of responsibility/retirement on March 30, 2012, culminating 36-plus years of my military service to this nation.

A proven operator and executive, Mike Howard brings more than 35 years of military resale experience to the interim position of acting CEO/director. The stability this selection provides will allow the Exchange's Board to maintain its focus on identifying the best qualified person to permanently fill the CEO/director position.

Another change in our leadership team was confirmed this past Friday, as the Air Force announced the retirement of the Exchange's longest tenured Deputy Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Francis Hendricks. On May 1, 2012, Brig. Gen. Hendricks will retire after more than 32 years of service. For nearly five of those years, he has served as the Exchange's Deputy Commanding General.

We thank Brig. Gen. Hendricks for his sage leadership, successful tenure and focused commitment to set conditions for continued Exchange success well into the future.

As we bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Hendricks, we welcome his replacement: Brig. Gen. Casey Blake. An airman for more than 28 years, Brig. Gen. Blake is currently the Deputy Commander for the Joint Theater Support Contracting Command in Kabul, Afghanistan. We look forward to gaining new perspectives from his experience on how to continue making the Exchange successful and build on best practices to support our military community.

While personnel may change, our enduring commitment to those we serve does not. Rest assured that as you continue your daily focus of supporting America's soldiers and airmen, the right processes and people are in place to ensure continuity of operations at the highest levels.

Thank you,

Major General, U.S. Army

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Washington Update

Panetta: 2 Army combat brigades will leave Europe
Stars and Stripes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two U.S. Army combat brigades will be withdrawn from Europe as part of a new Pentagon defense strategy that aims to find efficiencies while shifting more strategic focus to Asia. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made the announcement Jan. 12, while en route to a town hall meeting with troops at Fort Bliss, Texas. In an interview with the American Forces Press Service, Panetta said the Army intends to maintain a strong presence in the region via rotational units. More

Tyndall golf course now open to civilians
The News Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Up on a hill, overlooking St. Andrew Bay, the 14th green at Pelican Bay Golf Course in Florida looks much like it may have for settlers over a century ago. Closed for much of the past 10 years, the course is now open to the public. More

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