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Save Our Benefit welcomes new organization aboard
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Business Wire, Laura Wareck
The Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits recently announced the Fleet Reserve Association has joined the Coalition. FRA is the second organization in two weeks to become a "Valued Associate" in the Coalition's efforts to protect shopping benefits for military personnel and their families. The Fleet Reserve Association represents current and former enlisted Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel and their families. Its principal program is its legislative advocacy work on Capitol Hill focused on pay, health care, benefits and quality of life programs.

Over 100,000 have signed up! Email is the way to reach out. Don't hope that a few people will visit a website and click on your banner. Deliver your message directly into their inboxes. Contests, Events, Special Promotions, Commissary and Exchange Sales and more. Everybody on this email list has visited the website and signed up to receive your email message of interest to the military community. Contact or (845) 454-7900. More

In almost every scenario, the Fed workforce will get smaller:

There have been a variety of proposals floated over the last few months to help stave off the draconian impacts of sequestration. In almost every proposal, the federal workforce will get hit as part of the budget maneuvering. Here is a list of a few.

Budget-cutters eye DOD civilian workers
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Politico, Austin Wright
Overshadowed by all the political posturing over the prospect of automatic cuts in defense spending, one thing seems certain: The Defense Department's huge civilian workforce will shrink.

Discussions to bring the issue into focus:

In previous releases, there were clear efforts made to avoid discussion the obvious and that is the possibility and then the impacts of sequestration. With the date drawing closer, the discussions have begun in earnest.


OMB chief to testify on defense cuts
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Politico, Austin Wright
The acting White House budget director has agreed to testify before the House Armed Services Committee next month on the administration's plans for carrying out more than $1 trillion in across-the-board budget cuts that could roll out over the next 10 years. Jeffrey Zients is scheduled to appear before the committee on Aug. 1, Claude Chafin, a spokesman for committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., told Politico. And he'll be joined by a senior "defense official," Chafin said in an email.

The cuts no one believes will come
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Politico, Scott Wong and Stephanie Gaskell
Amid all the chatter on Capitol Hill about looming defense cuts, there's one thing no one's saying out loud: The cuts will probably never happen.

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The maneuvering continues:

White House takes appropriators to task on pay, TRICARE
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Government Executive, Kellie Lunney
The White House has threatened to veto a House appropriations bill that includes a pay raise for service members but not for civilian federal employees.


Vet vote could decide presidential election
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Army Times, Rick Maze and Andrew Tilghman
There are red states and there are blue states and then there are the swing states, the ones that hold the key to who wins the election in November. And what five of these have in common is this: Sizable military populations that make up more than 10 percent of the voting age population in states where the margin of victory in the last election averaged slightly more than 4 percent. (Subscription required.)

Military cuts loom as late campaign issue
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The Wall Street Journal, Patrick O'Connor
For all the focus on the unemployment rate heading into the November elections, the layoffs that could most complicate President Barack Obama's re-election prospects wouldn't take effect until early next year.

This is why it matters:

Colorado retreat comforts military families
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CBS News, Barry Petersen
Whenever a service member is deployed, an entire family sacrifices. But there is a place where husbands, wives and children once separated by war can learn to be a family again.

Baby shower for women with husbands in military about more than just diapers, onesies
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Chicago Tribune, Michelle Manchir
The trappings for this baby shower were like those held for any expecting mother: fruit salads, balloons, tables meticulously covered with clothes and cut sunflowers in vases. But the luncheon held in Chicago was about more than loading up the guests of honor with blankets and cakes fashioned out of diapers. It was about thanking the 40 wives of military men for dealing with pregnancy while their husbands serve during wartime, said LeAnn Morrissey, the founder of the group that hosted the party.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, American Logistics Association

Washington Update

CBO: Pentagon spending plans will exceed projected budget
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The 5-year spending plan outlined by the Pentagon earlier this year would cost $123 billion more than the U.S. Defense Department projected and would violate budget limits set by Congress, the Congressional Budget Office said. More

Direct Mail Reaches Military Families Where They Live
The Military Shopper Insight Study reported that shoppers want information and coupons in advance to help them save money by planning at home. Active duty families living on post will receive Judy Johnson's Military Family Mailbox envelopes for Labor day and again for Veterans Day. Active duty families on post is the segment of the market with the most potential new commissary shoppers. Young active duty families are your core customers. Reach them at home! Get them into the store!

Sequester fears paralyze would-be wave of defense acquisitions
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On the eve of the international Farnborough Airshow, a prominent aerospace and defense analyst says there is a wave of investment ready to pour into the defense sector — but investors are "paralyzed" by the unresolved threat of sequestration. More

Franchising moves ahead after slump during recession
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Lodging, health care and casual dining are leading in the recovery. Military veterans offer a rich resource of franchisees because of their strong worth ethic, business owners say. More

Army privatizing base hotels
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The Army is privatizing its hotels, turning their renovation, development and operations over to the private sector in an effort to improve their quality and consistency. More

Commissary News

Store brands booming in tough economy
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The popularity of store brand products is threatening the future of brand name products, according to a new study by Accenture. Two-thirds — 64 percent — of grocery store shoppers buy store brand products, and 39 percent of shoppers have increased their store brand purchase behavior in recent years due to the weakened economy, the study revealed. More

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Supermarkets expand tests of curbside pickup model
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Customers at the Stop & Shop supermarket in Massachusetts might not know it, but their store offers a mode of shopping that is currently all the rage in Europe. The store offers a service that has been around for almost as long as the Internet — order your groceries online, pick them up at the store — but Stop & Shop and an increasing number of European retailers have improved upon that by adding a dedicated drive-up area alongside the store and a segregated order-storage area within the store. More

How to save at the grocery store: Tips for savvy shopping
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Judy Pezza, "The Couponator" from TLC's show Extreme Couponing, shares her tips on how to save big, even if you're not armed with coupons when you grab your shopping cart. More

Get started green: Shopping at a co-op
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Looking for a way to purchase fresh, locally grown food without having to make a trip to the farmers market? Then consider joining a food cooperative – either a retail store or a buying club – to start getting deals on healthy food that is often organically or sustainably grown. Here's what you need to know about food co-ops before you sign up. More

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  • Survey: Natural/organic meat shopping on the rise
    Food Processing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Some grocery spending is down but natural and organic meat and poultry shopping is up for the first time in years, according to the "2012 Power of Meat," an annual study by the American Meat Institute, Food Marketing Institute and Sealed Air's Cryovac Food Packaging Division. The study explored a number of topics including consumer consumption and purchasing patterns, nutrition, marketing techniques, consumer interest in organic and natural meat, packaging and labeling. More

    Grass-fed beef now available at grocery stores
    WJBF-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    All beef is created equal, right? Not so fast. It turns out that supermarket beef can be grass-fed, grain-fed or a mixture of both. So what is the difference between the two, and why should you care? More


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    Grocery store items really are shrinking before our eyes
    Business Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you at the grocery store — that box of cereal really is shrinking. It's a phenomenon Edgar Dworsky, the consumer watchdog behind sites like and, calls "downsizing" — products that are shrinking in size and not in asking price — and has been tracking since the early 1990s. More

    The almighty coupon: A new way of life
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Coupons have been around for 125 years, but in recent years, reality-TV shows and bloggers sharing advice on how to leverage your grocery dollars have taken couponing into the economic vernacular. Although fewer grocery stores offer double and triple coupons, and some have tightened restrictions on "stacking" the deals, modern-day, post-recession couponers say you can still save significant amounts of money if you're creative, strategic and patient. More

    Commissary Announcements

    Commissary Web Posts

    The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website as of 10 a.m., July 12, 2012.

    DP #16, Update #1 and CONUS, Pacific Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
    DP #19, WW Promotion Package, Autumn Dollar Days.
    Thanksgiving/Christmas – Ham Program WW Promotion Package
    Superbowl, Far East & Alaska Quantities.

    None received.

    Distributor Change Form, East, West-Midwest, 1 June 12.
    FDS Distributor Codes, 1 July 12.
    Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 12-28.
    Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
    CRV Values.

    August 21–23, 2012: Hawaii Conference & Food Show. Registration is now open on the ALA Website.
    Oct. 1–3, 2012: 65th Annual Convention, Omni Shoreham, Washington, D.C.
    April 24–26, 2013: ALA Commissary Roundtable, Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Va.

    Exchange News

    Best Buy cutting 650 Geek Squad jobs
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Best Buy Co. is laying off about 650 employees from its Geek Squad division, according to a report by KARE 11. The report said the company is eliminating positions that service appliances and televisions in customer's homes. More

    Apple's retail expansion falls short in China
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Apple has more retail stores in Pennsylvania than in all of China — where it earns a fifth of its revenue — and a slow pace of expansion may cost the firm more than just sales. Apple's six stores in China are routinely packed, and customers often wait in long lines for iPhone repairs. Scalpers are known to camp out to be first in line for new products, which they then resell for a tidy profit. More

    Are you experienced?
    STORES Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Product and price parity are real concerns for merchants. Private-label goods and merchandise exclusives offer some hope, but many agree that's not enough to survive, much less thrive in the current economy. But there are new stressors on bricks-and-mortar retailers, as well. More

    Reasons for cheer after worst retail sales in 3 years?
    CNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    June was a rough month for many Americans. But is the worst yet to come? Across the country, people were fighting wild weather in June, from wildfires to excessive heat and even a hurricane in Florida. But that was only one of the reasons many retailers saw less-active cash registers. More

    Home Depot adds Whirlpool, Electrolux and Frigidaire
    Atlanta Business Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Home Depot Inc. will sell Whirlpool, Electrolux and Frigidaire in select stores and on, the home improvement retailer recently reported. The appliances will be available through the company's Depot Direct delivery network and can be ordered in all U.S. stores. Appliance purchases through Depot Direct include free delivery and haul away. More

    June retail sales reflect consumer qualms
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Lower gasoline prices and steep promotions did little to get America's consumers out shopping last month. June retail sales grew at the slowest pace in more than two years, held back by flagging consumer confidence. More than half of the stores that report same-store sales in June missed analysts' expectations, which had been relatively muted to begin with. (Subscription required.) More

    Best Buy, RadioShack target the back-to-college crowd
    Orlando Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    U.S. electronics chains Best Buy and RadioShack have spent years trying to court students of all ages in the second-biggest selling season of the year, but this semester they are skipping high school and going straight to college. More

    Luring online shoppers offline
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As online shopping has surged, traditional retailers have lost millions in sales to so-called showrooming — when shoppers check out products in stores that they then buy from Web sites like Amazon. It has gotten so bad that Best Buy even replaces standard bar codes with special Best Buy-only codes on big ticket items so they cannot be scanned and compared online. More

    Smartphone-toting shoppers convert more in stores when retailers supply their own app
    Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With the influence of the mobile Web on store sales projected to more than triple by 2016, according to a recent report by research and consulting firm Deloitte, retailers today have to decide how they're going to interact with consumers who use their smartphones to help them shop. More

    Challenges facing retail adoption of digital signage
    National Retail Federation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The digital signage industry is poised for sustained growth (the economy notwithstanding), in verticals such as education, place-based advertising and hospitality. Retail adoption, on the other hand, is slower than many had anticipated for a variety of reasons. We address some of those reasons here, as well as discuss how integrating digital signage into other emerging technologies will be critical to the industry's future. More

    Yum Brand's great growth overseas: Not over yet
    CNNMoney    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As the parent company of fast-food chains Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, Yum Brands has grabbed a piece of the best growth story of the decade. When demand for the staples of Fast Food Nation slowed at home, Louisville-based Yum turned to China, which now accounts for nearly half of company sales. More

    Top 100 retailers
    STORES Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    T he retail industry is a many-splintered thing, with the variations clearly showcased in the annual STORES Top 100 Retailers report. Big-box retailers, from No. 1 Wal-Mart to No. 27 Meijer, are shrinking store sizes, even as other operators — notably No. 28 Dollar General and No. 48 Menard — are opening larger units. More

    Report: No buyout offer by Best Buy founder coming soon
    Chain Store Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Best Buy's founder and former chairman Richard Schulze is not expected to present a buyout or other proposal to the company's board anytime soon, Reuters reported, citing a person familiar to the situation. More

    College grads find retail a (meager) route to job market
    Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For college graduates, it seems almost as if 30 is the new 10. Over-educated, underemployed and disgruntled, many grads saddled by debt are waiting — often in their parents' homes — for a chance to break into a career in the field they studied. More

    Penney reaches out to the right
    MarketingDaily via MediaPost    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Proving that it can reach out to its red customers as much as its blue ones, struggling J.C. Penney is launching a new charitable endeavor in partnership with the USO. The Plano, Texas-based chain says the effort is called JCP Cares, and will ask customers to round their purchases up to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to a new cause each month. For the kickoff month of July, Penney says it will also donate $1 million to the USO, in addition to contributions generated at Penney registers. More

    Costco launches new mobile app
    Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In early May, Costco — the country's largest retailer after Wal-Mart — announced it was beginning to build a mobile presence to rival its other big-box competitors. Costco, which does about $2 billion in sales a year, recently launched a mobile app available for both iOS and Android. More

    Growth in retail sales slows from last year's numbers
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Some of the nation's biggest retail chains recently reported that sales growth slowed in June, as shoppers held back amid wavering consumer confidence and unemployment. A survey by Thomson Reuters of 18 retailers showed that sales at stores open more than a year were up 2.5 percent in June, well below the 7.7 percent increase recorded in June 2011. The same-store sales results surpassed Wall Street analysts' forecasts of a 2.4 percent rise. More

    Exchange Announcements

    AAFES retail food manufacturers and brokers:
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    The Retail Food Team will conduct a vendor meeting Sept. 11-13, to review Business Terms Agreements, advertising programs, the marketing rate card, collaborative planning for 2013 and the Operation Be Fit initiative. The meeting will begin with a 120 minute review of key strategies and programs to grow sales. The afternoon of Sept. 11, and continuing through Sept. 13, buyers will meet with individual vendors in pre-scheduled appointments to discuss agreements and begin collaborative planning for 2013.

    Please contact individual buyers to schedule appointments during the dates/hours listed below.

    Meeting agenda from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Sept. 11:
    • Retail Food Buyer Introductions
    • Agreements — ARA, BTA, SSL, DOF
    • New Item Forms
    • Advertising Programs
    • Marketing Rate Card
    • 2012 Collaborative Planning
    • Auto Replenishment and Allocation Update
    • Buyer Category Overview
    • We will serve lunch at the Skyline Club after the main presentation; the cost of lunch will be $12 per person.
    Buyer Meeting Schedule: Vendors must contact buyer directly during the periods listed to confirm meetings.

    Sept. 11, 1-4 p.m.
    Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Meetings are recommended to be 30 minutes to review specifics with each buyer. Meetings must be pre-scheduled.

    Retail Food Buying Team:

    David Arens — Divisional Merchandise Manager
    Julie Bierman — Senior Buyer/Seasonal Candy Buyer
    Michelle Nurse — Frozen/Snack Avenue Buyer
    Randy Demster — Grocery Buyer
    Melissa Kitchen — Snack Buyer
    Adrienne Townes — Candy Everyday Buyer
    Adriana Ybarra — Deli/Dairy/Bakery Buyer/Operation Be Fit POC

    We look forward to meeting with you on Sept. 11!

    If you know yourself or someone from your company will be attending, you can RSVP at


    Divisional Merchandise Manager
    Retail Food

    CPO selectees can save 5 percent when using Military Star® Card for uniform purchases
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    Chief Petty Officer selectees can pay for newly required Navy uniforms using the Military Star® Card. With the new and improved program, CPO selectees will receive a 5 percent credit on their next Military Star® Card statement showing the purchase of CPO uniforms. The special offer good at any NEX Uniform Shop worldwide, but not for uniform purchases made online or toll free phone calls to the Uniform Support Center.

    "Using the Military Star® Card lets CPO selectees charge their new uniforms like anything else in the NEX," said Cmdr. Marcia Coleman, Director, Navy Exchange Service Command Uniform Program Management Office. "It's quick, easy and the new CPO selectee receives a 5 percent credit on their Military Star® Card."

    Customers who open a Military Star® Card account will receive 10 percent off their first day's purchases, including a uniform purchase. The 10 percent discount is also applied to the customer's Military Star® Card statement.

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    NEXCOM names its 2011 Bingham Award winners
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    The Navy Exchange Service Command has announced its Bingham Award winners for 2011. Winners of the Bingham Award are those NEXs that showed superior performance over the past year in service to Sailors and their families.

    "Being a Bingham winner or runner-up is more than just a one day recognition, it serves as a benchmark for other NEXs across the enterprise to emulate," said Robert J. Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer, Navy Exchange Service Command. "The men and women who wear the cloth of our nation, and their families, are truly the ones who benefit from the great level of customer service these NEXs deliver each and every day! And in the end, that's what really counts! Congratulations to all NEX managers and associates who worked so very hard to achieve this prestigious award."

    The 2011 winners and runners-up of the Bingham Award are:
    Sales Group Winner Runner-Up
    Sales above $85 million Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va. Naval Base, Guam
    Sales $38 - $85 million Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn. Naval Station Mayport, Mayport, Fla.
    Sales $24 - $38 million Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Italy Naval Station, Newport, R.I.
    Sales $14 - $24 million Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, Wash. Naval Base, Coronado, Calif.
    Sales $7 - $14 million Naval Air Station, Key West, Fla. Naval Support Activity, Souda Bay, Greece
    Sales $3.5 - $7 million Naval Support Activity, Northwest Annex, Chesapeake, Va. Naval Station, Mitchel Field, N.Y.
    Sales $2 - $3.5 million U.S Forces Air Base, Moron, Spain
    Naval Support Activity, Panama City, Fla.
    Sales $700K - $2 million Naval Weapons Station, Earle, N.J. Naval Support Activity, Philadelphia, Penn.
    Sales under $700,000 Naval Support Activity, Gaeta, Italy
    Naval Support Activity, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
    The Bingham Award Program was established in 1979 to recognize excellence in customer service, operations and management at NEX activities. The award is named after the late Capt. W.H. Bingham, Supply Corps, U. S. Navy Reserve. Bingham was the Chief Executive Officer of the R.H. Macy's company and was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy in 1946 to lead an advisory board for the establishment of the Navy Exchange.

    The Bingham Awards will be presented during local ceremonies to be determined at a later date.

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    All Service Military Base Guide Information

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    August 21–23, 2012 — Hawaii Conference & Food Show, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu

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    Washington Update

    At your service: U.S. General Services Administration
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    GSA offers a vast array of innovative product, service, buildings and real estate solutions. Complete customer solutions in technology, motor vehicles management, transportation and travel are all available. In addition, GSA is a leader in providing sustainable and innovative solutions for design, workplace management and construction. GSA possesses unrivaled capabilities for delivering comprehensive solutions across the government at the best value possible. Click here for more information.

    Army privatizing base hotels
    The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Army is privatizing its hotels, turning their renovation, development and operations over to the private sector in an effort to improve their quality and consistency. The move — which began with a 2009 lease agreement and is to be ongoing for many years — is part of a broader Army effort to seek new ways to make use of its existing land and assets. The service has also privatized most of its U.S. housing and has allowed builders to construct commercial office space on some bases. More

    Naval Station Norfolk MWR events and activities
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    The Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs of Naval Station Norfolk mission is to provide quality of life through entertainment, recreation, dining facilities and fitness. We offer a number of recreational services and things to do open to active duty, eligible dependents, retired military and civilian employees. Click here for more information.

    Military Base Guide    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Base Guides help you find services, entertainment, housing information, MWR and family support functions on U.S. military bases worldwide. Get information on the places you're PCSing to, or the community you live in now. More

    Fort Belvoir responds to storm damage
    U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Fort Belvoir's Installation Support Services and Directorate of Emergency Services personnel conducted major repair and clean up operations in response to wide-spread damage sustained during a severe thunderstorm that swept across the post June 29. The storm brought winds in excess of 70 mph that damaged or took down a number of trees and utility poles and resulted in the loss of electrical power, communication lines and internet connectivity over a large portion of the installation. More

    Detroit Arsenal teammates assist veterans at National Conference
    U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Detroit Arsenal employees and those in the garrison community volunteered three days of work at this week's National Veteran's Conference in downtown Detroit. The group helped veterans in several sections of the conference, which offered on-the-spot job interviews with a variety of companies, assistance with filling out resumes on USAJobs, seminars on starting a small business, and information on veterans' benefits. More

    IMCOM assists deployed soldiers through VA Hiring Fair
    U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Installation Management Command is often referred to as the Army's home, but recent efforts during the Department of Veterans Affairs Hiring Fair in Detroit showed that supporting deployed soldiers where possible is equally important. "We were here at the hiring fair to assist the VA with conducting virtual interviews using VTC capabilities from five active Army installations in close proximity of the job fair," said Ken Echols, chief of military personnel division at headquarters IMCOM. More

    Ex-NBA ref blows whistle on PTSD
    U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Bob Delaney said it's time to change the way people think about post-traumatic stress. The former New Jersey state trooper and NBA referee visited Fort Jackson June 21 to speak with soldiers about his own struggles with post-traumatic stress, and said he intentionally avoids using the word "disorder" to describe the problem. "When you use the word disorder it comes across as mental illness," he said. "My belief is that this is a human condition, it is not a mental illness. We need the doctors and the clinicians, but the first line of defense is peer-to-peer therapy — our ability to get these feelings out." More

    Double amputee takes command of Fort Belvoir
    U.S. Army    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For the first time in the Army's history, a double amputee has taken the reins as garrison commander of a major installation. Col. Gregory D. Gadson assumed command June 25, 2012, of Fort Belvoir, Va., an 47,000-strong garrison currently in its 100th year of service. More

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