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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only Jan. 27, 2012
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The loss of a loved one: Edmond F. Jared, Sr.

Edmond F. Jared, Sr., age 91 of Gainesville, Ga., passed away peacefully in his sleep, Jan. 20, 2012 at his residence. Jared proudly served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II, as a command pilot flying The Hump between India and China. He continued his military career, serving in the Air Force Reserves until his retirement in 1963.
For more information on Jared, click here.

Wounded warriors, families, and transitioning veterans:

An excerpt from today's budget presentation by the Secretary of Defense: This budget plan sustains or enhances key support programs while reforming and re-organizing others to be more effective and responsive to the needs of troops and their families:
  • Wounded Warriors — extra funding added in the base and OCO budgets to enhance the Integrated Disability Evaluation System
  • Transition Assistance — reform of the Transition Assistance Program and transition process for all service members through a collaborative DoD-­VA initiative that improves career opportunities and readiness focusing on education, technical training, job placement and entrepreneurship preparation
  • Family Support — effective programs sustained, expanded, or improved, including non-­clinical counselors, marriage support, new patient support and stress-­reducing recreation for returning troops
  • Psychological Health — programs sustained and particularly effective programs, such as those addressing traumatic brain injury and post-­traumatic stress disorder, were significantly expanded
  • Reserve Component Support — provides services and referrals to reservists, guardsmen, their families and their employers through each stage of the mobilization cycle
  • DOD Schools — facilities being restored and modernized
  • Military Commissary System — current number and distribution of stores maintained
Defense Department:

Nominees announced for four Pentagon posts
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Defense News, Marcus Weisgerber
The White House has asked Congress to approve nominees for four key U.S. Defense Department positions, including undersecretaries for acquisition, policy and personnel.

Erin Conaton has been nominated to fill the position Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
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U.S. Air Force, Marcus Weisgerber
Conaton replaces Clifford Stanley, who left the USD(P&R) post in October 2011. She currently serves as the Under Secretary of the Air Force, a post she began in 2010.

State of the Union:

President Barack Obama says all must pay 'fair share' of taxes
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Los Angeles Times, Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
As he spoke, the gallery of the House provided an illustration of the conflicting narratives Republicans and Democrats will tell as the election year unfolds. Michelle Obama was surrounded by veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. They included the admiral who led the operation that killed Osama bin Laden and a gay Air Force intelligence officer who is now allowed to serve openly because of the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Obama touts military successes as he drives for re-election
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Reuters, Arshad Mohammed
President Barack Obama began and ended his State of the Union speech by reminding voters that he brought U.S. troops home from Iraq and dispatched the Navy Seals who killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

2012 State of the Union analysis: Obama on defense issues
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The Washington Post, Craig Whitlock
Obama acknowledged that he wants to cut $480 billion in defense spending over the next decade but pledged to "maintain the finest military in the world." He gave no details of how he intends to manage both.


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Pentagon to request 2 new rounds of base closures
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Defense News, Kate Brannen and Marcus Weisgerber
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to request, as early as Jan. 26, two new rounds of military base closures in the United States as part of the Pentagon budget-cutting process, according to defense sources.

Lawmaker: DoD budget to hold at $513 billion
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Army Times, Rick Maze
The ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee recently predicted that there is little wiggle room in the overall size of the $513 billion budget for 2013 that the Defense Department is expected to unveil soon.

DoD To Start Detailing Budget Jan. 26
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Defense News, Marcus Weisgerber
"A week from now, we're going to start rolling this thing out," Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Jan. 19 at the Pentagon.

Pentagon cuts reshape military while trimming costs
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Reuters, David Alexander and Andrea Shalal-Esa
The Pentagon will unveil a five-year budget proposal this week that begins to implement $487 billion in spending cuts over the next decade by trimming the size of the military and canceling or scaling back some weapons programs.

Officials: US set to cut Pentagon budget 5 percent
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Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News
The U.S. defense budget to be proposed next month by President Barack Obama will cut military spending five percent to $525 million, Pentagon officials said.

Obama to submit budget to Congress Feb. 13
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Bloomberg News, Roger Runningen and Julianna Goldman
The delay isn't expected to push back the Pentagon's scheduled Jan. 26 news conference to unveil portions of the fiscal 2013 defense budget, according to two defense officials familiar with the department's planning. Defense accounts for about 20 percent of the federal budget and about half the government's discretionary spending.

GOP leader calls for replacing defense cuts one year at a time, if necessary
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The Hill, Russell Berman
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., recently suggested replacing the $600 billion in automatic defense cuts set to begin in 2013, even if Congress must do so one year at a time.

Documentary to detail the tragedy at Camp Lejeune:

This article details the documentary being done concerning the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. Just reading it will give you a sense of the issue and the human tragedy. This is the issue Sen. Burr, R-N.C., wants to address in his legislation that calls for the consolidation of the military resale system. If you look up "rock and a hard place" this is it from an issue standpoint. We strongly oppose the bill payer here but must show extreme sensitivity to the issue as we move forward. The Burr legislation is still alive awaiting further Senate action. The latest information is that the consolidation issue is no longer tied to this bill rather they are seeking s bill-payer from VA funding. We will continue to follow this proposal.

Documentary examines Camp Lejeune water issue
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The Washington Post via Hampton Roads, Darryl Fears
Mike Partain didn't believe the rumors about a place called Baby Heaven until he visited a Jacksonville, N.C., graveyard and wandered into a section where newborns were laid to rest. Surrounded by hundreds of tiny marble headstones, he started to cry. A documentary film crew that followed him for a story about water contamination at Camp Lejeune heard his whimpers through a microphone clipped to his clothes. The crew dashed from another part of the graveyard and found him asking, "Why them and not me?"

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Panetta: Despite cuts, US to maintain 11 carriers
Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"The carriers play a major role in our force, not only today but they will play an important role in the future. You're part of what keeps our force agile and flexible and quickly deployable and capable on taking on any enemy anywhere in the world," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently told about 1,700 sailors. More

US Army will sacrifice people to pay for gear, training
Defense News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With budget cuts promising to hit the U.S. Army harder than the other military services, Army senior leaders are saying they will not repeat history and keep people at the expense of scaling back training or upgrading soldiers' equipment. More

Shrinking defense budget worries small businesses
McClatchy Newspapers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The obstacles small businesses face trying to win their first Defense Department contracts will likely grow, and some existing small defense firms could be driven out of business in the coming years, amid billions in planned defense cuts and the drawdown from two wars. More

US Navy chief: Asia-Pacific will be Navy's focus
The Associated Press via Deseret News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The head of the Navy recently told sailors the Asia-Pacific will be the service's focus in the future, and he views Hawaii as the gateway to the region. "Let me give it to you straight, right here. The focus of this department in the future is the Asia-Pacific region, where you are," Adm. Jonathan Greenert told more than 500 sailors during a visit to Pearl Harbor, one of the Navy's largest bases. More

General: Army won't shrink force level in Pacific region
Honolulu Star-Advertiser    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Army will keep its force level about the same in Asia and the Pacific as the service looks to make cuts elsewhere, the chief of staff of the Army said. In addition, it will rotate extra soldiers through the region from the mainland for training, engagement and deployments as needed. (Subscription required.) More

Commissary News

Taking advantage of cyclical grocery sales
Business Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Grocery items go on sale in predictable cycles, thanks to seasonality and weird holidays like National Oatmeal Month. This means you can save tons on your food budget with careful planning — and this guide to grocery sales. 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

Food Lion redraws its footprint
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Food Lion's decision to reduce its presence in several markets throughout the Southeast, combined with its planned conversion of 64 Bloom and Bottom Dollar stores to Food Lion, shifts the banner's geographic concentration to skew more heavily to its northernmost markets and opens up market-share opportunities for rivals in the South. More

Coalition claims new bill would raise food prices
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers will pay more for food at grocery stores and in restaurants if Congress adopts new legislation, according to Keep Food Affordable, a coalition of agriculture and nutrition organizations. Introduced on Jan. 23 by Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and several co-sponsors, with the stated intention of ensuring that egg-laying chickens receive proper care, the proposed law, HB 3798 would add to the 6 percent rise in grocery prices that consumers have experienced in the past year. More

Social Media for Military Families
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Grocery stores not only option for buying produce
KTRK-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief It's the new year and if this is the year you vow to maintain a healthy diet, no doubt you have fresh fruits and veggies on your grocery list. But let's face it, shopping for produce can be pricy. More

Price Chopper Supermarkets recalls shredded taco cheese
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Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on its Coyote Joe's Shredded Taco Cheese because of the possibility of shredded plastic fragments inside the packaging. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., 26 Jan 12.

DP #3, Update #2.
DP #5, CONUS Promotion & Shipper & Snack Pallet Quantities.
DP #8, WW Promotion Package, Mix-N-Match Case Lot Sale/Family Fun Fitness Festival.
Severe Weather, Update #1 and Far East & Alaska Quantities.
Truckload Water Program, Update #1.
Mother's Day, Update #1.

12-30, Lamb & Veal Category Review.
12-35, Brand Name Frozen Whole Turkeys & Turkey Breasts & Whole Fully Cooked Turkeys & Breasts.
12-38, Store Reset Dates — Fort Meade.

DeCA December and YTD Sales Data.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-04.
FY 2011 & FY 2010 Coupon & SNAP Redemptions by Store.
Commissary Reset Schedule for CY 2012 updated 25 January 2012.
Commissary Council 18 January 2012 Meeting Slides.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

May 1, 2012, ALA and DeCA Appreciation Day Golf Tournament, Fort Lee, Va.
May 2 & 3, 2012, ALA & DeCA Roundtable, Marriott, Richmond, Va. Watch for information.
June 19, 2012, Congressional Caucus, Washington, D.C.

Exchange News

Office Depot to experiment with PayPal's new payment initiative
Kantar Retail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Office Depot has entered into an agreement with PayPal to test the latter's new payment system, "Wallet in the Cloud." More

New Sam's Club CEO named by Wal-Mart
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. suffered a blow to its management ranks, recently announcing that the head of its Sam's Club business was leaving the company after jump-starting sales at the traditionally lagging warehouse-stores chain. Brian Cornell, who served as chief executive of the 610-store Sam's Club business since 2009, said he is leaving the company and Bentonville, Ark., where Wal-Mart is based, to be closer to family members in the Northeast. (Subscription required.) More

Why Walgreens' Gamble on glamming up drugstores is a winner
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Walgreens' stealth mission to elevate the lowly drugstore from functional pharmacy to fab neighborhood lifestyle shop is in full swing. Will customers be willing to get a manicure and a bottle of Merlot while they're trawling for Motrin and Maalox? The following are three reasons why the time is right for Walgreens' bet on elevating the drugstore shopping experience. More

Sustainable seafood swims to a big-box store near you
NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's no longer just Whole Foods shoppers seeking out certified, sustainable seafood. Increasingly, those of us who shop the big-box retailers including Costco, Target and Walmart are finding a blue label on seafood packages. The Marine Stewardship Council label signifies that the seafood comes from a fishery that's met a rigorous set of standards aimed at promoting responsible, sustainable catches. More

Retail's BIG Show caught on tape
Retail's BIG Show 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's all on video — attendees, speakers and tons of EXPO excitement. See what you missed or relive the experience. More

Fast food chains race to grab breakfast business
Dow Jones Newswires via Fox Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fast food chains are placing a bigger focus on breakfast, now that more consumers are going back to work, and growing trends, like specialty coffee drinks, are luring them to eat out more in the mornings. Chains like Yum Brands Inc.'s Taco Bell and Wendy's Co. are expanding tests of new breakfast menus, in hopes of capturing some of the growing market. More

Taco Bell rolls out 'first meal'
NACS Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Taco Bell is rolling out its new breakfast platform — dubbed "First Meal" — this week in about 750 locations in 10 states, the first wave of what the QSR says will be a year of change and innovation, Nation's Restaurant News reports. More

Female shoppers wield more power, influence than ever before
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The core demographic for convenience stores may be males, but a new study is cautioning retailers not to overlook female consumers. According to the research study published by Fleishman-Hillard International Communications in conjunction with Hearst Magazines, today's American female consumer has increased her impact as a receiver, broadcaster and influencer of key information. The study points to a female consumer's ever-expanding social circle and the unique way she buys across categories as key factors in her importance as a shopper. More

Retail gasoline prices stay high on concerns about the Middle East, Europe
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Americans aren't likely to find much relief from high prices at the gas pump as they go about paying their post-holiday bills. Retail gas prices are at their highest levels ever for this time of year despite ample supplies and declining demand. That's because tension in the Persian Gulf has kept crude oil prices around $100 per barrel for most of the month. More

Wal-Mart expert: Food safety a 'shared responsibility'
Food Navigator-USA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Today's complex and interdependent food supply chain makes food safety a shared responsibility more than ever before, according to Frank Yiannas, Wal-Mart's vice president of food safety. More

J.C. Penney maps a new path
Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The retailer will cut prices, reduce promotions and overhaul store design in its bid to get customers to think differently about shopping with the retailer. CEO Ron Johnson, taking cues from his store work at Apple Inc., says stores in today's e-retail world can prosper by providing experiences that online retailers can't. More

Exchange Announcements

2012 Exchange Roundtable

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Government per-diem rate for the Roundtable expires Feb. 6, 2012!

Joining forces to give back
March 7-9, 2012
Sheraton Waterside
Norfolk, Virginia

Registration is now open!

Click here for more info.

Washington Update

Army study shows decline in behavioral health stigma
Department of Defense    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A newly released Army study on behavioral health shows a decline in soldier suicides and more seeking treatment for their problems. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff, discussed the findings of the report, "Generating Health and Discipline in the Force, Ahead of the Strategic Reset," at a Pentagon news conference. The three-year study outlines the problem of suicide in the Army and related issues of substance abuse, spouse abuse and child abuse. More

Army family and MWR programs
Army MWR Facebook    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
‎"We have a lot in common with our NFL brothers. We clearly need to take a lesson from our brothers on transition." More

Important INCOM and Coast Guard links
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ARMY.MIL: The official homepage of the United States Army

IMCOM links:
IMCOM official website
IMCOM on Facebook

Coast Guard MWR Professional Resources links:

Aquatic Checklist Aid ASIP Guide
CG MWR Internship Program Child Development Services Manual
Civilian Personnel Management Service Commercial Sponsorship Desk Ref
Financial Resource Management Manual Financial Resource Management Manual — P
Morale Fund Financial Statement Program MWR ALCOAST's/ALCGPSC's
MWR Awards MWR Indoc
MWR Indoc Outline MWR Manual
MWR NAF Budget Guide MWR Program Baseline Standards
MWR Survey Results MWR Survey Results NAF Back-To-Work Program
NAF Civilian Personnel Manual NAF Employee of the Year Award Program
NAF Instrumentalities Manual NAF Internal Control Audit Guide
NAF Managers Resources NAF Security Guide
NAF Tuition Assistance Program Navy Preventative Med, NAVMED P-5010-4
Payment Card Industry Information Strategic Plan
Travel Program Advertising

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