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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only June. 24, 2011
Executive Briefing

President's Message

A new sheriff arrives in town:

Panetta visits Pentagon day after confirmation vote
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CNN Politics, Larry Shaughnessy
Leon Panetta, the incoming defense secretary, visited the Pentagon on June 22, a day after the Senate confirmed him by a rare 100-0 vote to replace Robert Gates.

The pain will be felt everywhere:

Gates: $400 billion from DoD budgets 'not a minor cut'
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Defense News, Marcus Weisgerber
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the $400 billion cut to the national security budget being sought by the White House by 2023 is not minor, but that the Pentagon has been dealing with smaller-than-expected budgets of late.

Military chiefs to work on cutting $400 billion
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The Wall Street Journal, Nathan Hodge
U.S. service chiefs and other senior military leaders are preparing to hash out a process for meeting the White House's target to cut $400 billion in defense spending by 2023, according to the top Marine general.

Bill cuts billions from 2012 Defense budget
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The Washington Post, Walter Pincus
The Senate Armed Services Committee recently announced that it has proposed reductions of $6.4 billion from President Barack Obama's requested fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization Bill, but its chairman complained the cuts had been done without White House help.

A good lesson in management:

Gates's guidelines: 7 rules for managing the Pentagon
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The Wall Street Journal, Julian E. Barnes
Robert Gates, stepping down at the end of the month as defense secretary, jokes the only formal management training he received came in Boy Scouts when he was 14 years old.

Pentagon industrial base study to influence cuts
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Aviation Week, Amy Butler
As the Pentagon attempts to trim $400 billion from its long-term budget plans, a detailed industrial base study could emerge as a guide for which contractors and sectors can withstand additional funding reductions, said Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn.

The never-ending story of base realignment on Okinawa:

Okinawa Marine base move to be delayed
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The Washington Post, William Wan
The United States and Japan recently said they would stick to a plan to relocate a Marine Corps base on Okinawa but would delay the move because of financial and political hurdles.

NAUS cries foul:

NAUS: House committee redirecting Tricare funds
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Army Times, Rick Maze
A major military association that has been fighting Tricare fee hikes is angry with a House committee, saying it is raiding unspent military medical funds to pay for pet projects for members of Congress in the 2012 budget.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Commanders reset Marines' training
Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The exercise, known as Mailed Fist, is designed to reacquaint a force used to ground combat in Afghanistan and Iraq with its basic amphibious mission. It's also designed to show what the Marines can do at a time when budget constraints are forcing military leaders to squeeze the most out of every dollar. More

Adm. Jonathan Greenert gets Robert Gates's nod as next chief of US Navy
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Adm. Jonathan Greenert, a longtime submarine officer, received the nod to become the new leader of the Navy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced. Gates told reporters he would recommend that President Barack Obama nominate Greenert to become chief of naval operations, replacing Adm. Gary Roughead, who is scheduled to retire when his four-year term ends in September. More

Defense fund is focus of debate over 'earmarks'
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Congress is headed for its first big showdown over "earmarks" since the Republican House majority declared a ban on members' pet spending projects earlier this year. The stakes: A $1 billion defense fund that House members have dipped into to fund about $600 million worth of special projects. More

Senate opposes military basing plans in Asia
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Legislation backed by the Senate Armed Services Committee would prohibit funding to relocate the U.S. Marine base in the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. It also would suspend plans to relocate the families of thousands of U.S. service members to South Korea. More

Services split over unified medical plan
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The military's top medical officers are divided over a House-passed mandate to reorganize the health care system under a unified medical command. The plan, in effect, would merge commands that the Army, Navy and Air Force have run with separate staffs and resources for decades. More

GSA joins White House healthy children campaign
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The General Services Administration is encouraging more healthy habits for children nationwide by joining first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to fight childhood obesity. GSA says it will direct its 109 child care centers, which provide services for children of federal employees and children from local communities, to use a five-point checklist to ensure its youngest charges receive nutritious meals and adequate exercise while they're in federal facilities. More

Commissary News

Nielsen sees Web grocery growth, plans new service
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Online purchases of consumer packaged goods from disposable diapers to processed food will more than double to $25 billion by 2014, said Nielsen, an information and measurement company. Online shoppers now spend roughly $12 billion on consumer packaged goods, accounting for about 2 percent of total sales in the category, said Nielsen, which is teaming up with MyWebGrocer to start a new service that tracks U.S. online grocery sales. More

Wal-Mart tests online grocery delivery in California
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has begun testing an online grocery delivery service in San Jose, Calif., a company spokesman said. The world's biggest retailer had been rumored to be considering dipping its toe into online grocery delivery for the past few years. More

Digital key in driving consumer packaged goods' recovery
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Despite rapidly rising commodities costs, the consumer product goods industry is clearly in recovery mode, with international expansion — plus digitally enabled consumer insights and operating efficiencies — chief among the growth drivers, according to the new edition of the annual industry financial benchmarking report from the Grocery Manufacturers Association and PwC. More

All eyes on meat
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In a series of recent focus groups conducted in Chicago and the Washington, D.C., area by Shugoll Research and Midan Marketing, many shoppers complained that supermarket meat departments were both boring and confusing. More

Kroger highlights sustainable efforts in new report
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"Kroger associates have worked hard to integrate sustainable practices into our everyday business operations. In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough energy to power the city of Fort Worth [Texas] for a full year. We sent less waste to landfills, recycled more plastic and provided our customers with 5 million more reusable bags — all while Kroger transported and sold more products than ever before," said Rodney McMullen, president and COO of Kroger. More

Times Supermarkets says 'aloha' to Unified Grocers
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Times Supermarkets, a chain of 20 conventional supermarkets in Hawaii with stores on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai has tapped regional wholesaler Unified Grocers as its new grocer supplier, and will begin receiving groceries and other products from Unified during the second week of July. More

Dole recalls Italian blend salads
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A single positive test for listeria has prompted Dole Fresh Fruit Co. to recall thousands of bags of blended salads in the Midwest, South, eastern U.S. and Canada. In a June 22 news release, the Westlake Village, Calif.-based Dole recalled 2,800 cases of Italian blend salads following a random test by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. According to the release, it was "an isolated instance" of a positive listeria test from one package of the salads. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website:

  • DP #12, update #2.
  • DP #14, update #1, CONUS shipper and promotion quantities.
  • DP #15, Far East promotion and shipper quantities.
  • DP #17, WW promotion package, Great Octoberiffic Celebration.
  • September case lot Far East and Alaska quantities.
  • Summer club pack, update #2.
  • Holiday Thanksgiving/Christmas — baking program.
  • Halloween, update #1.


  • 11-78, promotion calendar — 2012, with two attachments.
  • 11-81, addendum to DeCA NTT 11-77, DeCA brand-name fresh chicken merchandising program.
  • 11-83, selection of supplier for DeCA brand-name fresh turkey parts merchandising program for Southern and Midwest sales area.
  • 11-84, category plan (July, Aug., Sept.).
  • 11-85, snack nut review.

  • Adds/changes/deletes for week 11-25.
  • Guard and Reserve on-site sale schedule updates.
  • CRV values as of June 19.
  • DeCA May 2011 sales information


2011 meetings
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For details on any of our events, visit our Web page at

2011 ALA/DeCA Hawaii Conference & Food Show: Aug. 15-18, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu. Watch for registration information.

64th Annual Convention: Oct. 3-5, Orlando World Marriott Center, Orlando, Fla. Watch for registration information.

Exchange News

Change in China hits US purse
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For more than a decade starting in the early 1990s, U.S. inflation declined as low-wage workers in China and other developing nations joined the global economy and produced a tide of cheap goods that washed onto U.S. shores. The trend made American consumers feel better off and, by restraining the upward crawl of consumer prices, helped enable the Federal Reserve to fuel the U.S. economy with low interest rates. More

How social shopping is changing fashion production
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Fashion editors and department store buyers have long had the biggest say in what parts of designer collections make it to market. This pattern is changing, however, thanks to a more social Web culture and better tools to facilitate online voting, purchasing and even customization. More

'Made in the USA' matters to shoppers
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers are increasingly looking for products made in America, according to a new research study from Fort Lee, N.J.-based Perception Research Services International. The PRS shopper research survey found that 80 percent of shoppers have seen a "Made in the U.S.A" claim when shopping and 60 percent say the claim influences their purchase decisions. More

AAA: July 4 travel expected to fall 2.5 percent in US
Nashville Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nearly $1 increase in the price of gas over the past year is expected to put a crimp in travel plans for July 4, according to AAA. The automotive organization estimated that 39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 2.5 percent decline from the 40 million people who traveled a year ago. More

Federal Reserve to tackle swipe fee rules June 29
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June 29 may very well be the most watched meeting the Federal Reserve holds this year. On that day, the board is slated to take up swipe fee reform. More

Pricing pressures seen lingering
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Conventional food retailers and branded manufacturers are at risk of losing more share to nontraditional channels and to private label if they persist in passing along food-cost increases in an effort to build margins, according to a recent presentation. More

Retail sales up though consumer spending slows
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Though retail sales rose for the 11th straight month in May, rising gas prices and a weak labor market took the steam out of consumer spending, with only a few retail sectors reporting growth. According to the National Retail Federation, retail industry sales — which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants — for May increased 0.1 percent seasonally adjusted from April, and 5.0 percent unadjusted year-over-year. More

Exchange Announcements

16th annual HRALA scholarship ceremony
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A very special thank you to Nancy Lee as well as the other committee members for all of the hard work that went into this year's scholarship program. We had a record breaking year with the number of qualified applicants as well as the number of scholarships awarded — 22 $1,500 scholarships were given out! It was very impressive to listen to all the accomplishments of these amazing young recipients and what an honor we have to be a small part in helping them continue their education. It just shows all the work we do throughout the year does make a difference and so worthwhile. Thank you to each and every one of you for your dedication and time that make this such an amazing board that I am privileged to serve on.

Heather Snowa

WCDC get well
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The AAFES teams have made significant progress in the last week and continue to work on issues. We anticipate a "full" get well date of mid-July. We've turned the corner on the WCDC issues with the new WMS installation. Teams worked hard this past weekend to clean up some commits the system thought were valid, and tweaked a few of disciplines and since had two huge order days for both PAC and Western. We expect the huge pick, load and ship days to continue through the middle of next week and things should be greatly improved for Western by July 4 and PAC by mid-July based on lead times. I apologize for the disruption in service to our customers and appreciate their patience, and the patience of our valuable vendors, who support us in so many positive ways. ALA members, please accept my apology and know we look to be back on the right track again.

Thanks for all your patience,


Washington Update

Army MWR integrated into Installation Management Command
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Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of the Installation Management Command, presided over a ceremony marking the integration of the Army's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command into the Installation Management Command. The ceremony on the Fort Sam Houston, Texas, parade field completed the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command's Base Realignment and Closure law-mandated move from Alexandria, Va., to Texas. More

Volunteers honored as Baumholder stars
U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Baumholder, Germany, volunteers saved the U.S. Army $394,070.64 in the last 12 months by volunteering more than 18,500 hours of service to the community. Lt. Col. Sam McAdoo, U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder commander, was presented with a symbolic check for the total amount of savings during the annual volunteer recognition ceremony May 19 at the Rheinlander Community Club. More

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