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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only Aug. 26, 2011
Executive Briefing

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Hurricane Irene:

US East Coast braces as Irene strengthens
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The Wall Street Journal, Arian Campo-Flores, Valerie Bauerlein and Mike Esterl
Fort Bragg, N.C., has been designated an "incident support base" for the military during the storm, with stockpiles of food, water, vehicles and emergency equipment, said Col. David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman. About 98,000 National Guard members were potentially available to help in states along the storm's expected path, from Florida to New England, he added.

White House wants budget options for defense cuts
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Defense News, Kate Brannen
The White House has directed the Defense Department, along with all other federal agencies, to draw up budget options for 2013 that meet the strict spending guidelines put in place by the debt-ceiling agreement signed into law Aug. 2.

Panetta says he will seek to protect troops' benefits
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Federal Times, Andrew Tilghman
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently sought to reassure today's troops that their benefits will not be slashed amid widespread budget-cutting talks in Washington. In an interview with Military Times in his Pentagon office, Panetta said he wants to grandfather today's retirement pensions for current troops, even if budget pressures force changes for future recruits.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Are military pensions too 'generous'?
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It sounds like a pretty good deal: Retire at age 38 after 20 years of work and get a monthly pension of half your salary for the rest of your life. All you have to do is join the military. As the nation tightens its budget belt, the century-old military retirement system has come under attack as unaffordable, unfair to some who serve and overly generous compared with civilian benefits. More

Industry feels the sting of US defense cuts
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Faced with the prospect of substantial reductions in U.S. military spending, leading defense contractors, analysts and investors are all dialing back their expectations for the sector even as the industry ramps up its lobbying efforts to forestall bigger cuts. (Free subscription required.) More

Commissary News

Stain fighters
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Well-stocked laundry rooms are where more spots, splatters and smears are meeting their match as consumers justify the cost of brand-name detergents with what they're saving by caring for garments themselves. Whereas pre-recession, Americans wouldn't think twice about tossing a less-than-perfect shirt in the Goodwill bin or shipping it off to the dry cleaner, today it's all about wardrobe preservation. More

Decisions, decisions
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Shelf-talkers, POS displays, in-store specials — they're all meant to help grocery shoppers make up their minds, and they're all basically useless, or so some new research from a major food manufacturer would have you believe. Well, maybe not completely useless. More

Report: Consumers see gap between servings size, actual servings on frozen food labels
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Nearly 2.5 million U.S. households had a frozen meal for dinner last night but it's more than likely that the number of actual servings from the meal differed from the servings stated on the package label, according to food and beverage market research by The NPD Group, a leading market research company. More

Disney, Crunch Pak snacks not just a fairy tale
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Crunch Pak sliced apples are riding into stores on Cinderella's carriage. The new carriage-shaped snack package marks the launch of Cashmere, Wash.-based Crunch Pak's Disney Princess edition, extending its Disney-based Foodles line. Apples, grapes, cheese and pretzels will be available in the Disney Princess Foodles packaging. More

The 4 foods that lower your cholesterol
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Eating certain foods can help people lower their cholesterol levels, even without the aid of medication, a new study finds. In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, patients who started out with high or borderline high LDL, or bad cholesterol, levels (anything above 158 mg/dL) were able to lower their LDL by 14 percent over six months by sticking with a diet rich in cholesterol-lowering foods. That diet cut participants' LDL three times more than a standard low-fat diet. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website:

DP #18, CONUS Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #20, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
Holiday Hams, Update #1.

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Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 11-34.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.

Commissary Council Consumer Awareness Team (CAT) golf tournament, Sept. 12, Country Club of Petersburg, Va. Contact Ainsley Everhart,, for further information and registration.

64th Annual Convention, Oct. 3-5, Orlando World Marriott Center, Orlando, Fla. Registration now available on the ALA website.

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Exchange News

In nod to IBM, HP overhaul minimizes consumers
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Hewlett Packard Co. is surrendering in smartphones and tablet computers and has put its personal computer division up for sale, as new CEO Leo Apotheker tries to transform the Silicon Valley stalwart into a twin of East Coast archrival IBM Corp. More

Military clothing fits all
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Got long legs? Or a barrel chest? Or big guns for arms? Having trouble finding an off-the-shelf uniform to fit your body type? Military Clothing Sales Stores, which have now been rebranded as simply Military Clothing, says "No problem!" Through an agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency, MC can special order any uniform to troop's exact measurements. More

Walgreens launches Nice! brand
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Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Ill., announced the debut of a new brand in Walgreens stores across the country. The Nice! brand will include more than 400 high-quality grocery and household products at prices up to 30 percent below the national brands. Nice! features a bold, clean design aimed at being easily recognizable and simplifying the shopping experience, Walgreens said. More

New service helps restaurants go mobile with free mobile websites
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ThriveSpot™, an innovative new program, is helping the restaurant industry meet the exploding use of mobile devices by providing free mobile websites, including hosting, to restaurants looking to attract the growing numbers of consumers using mobile formats to find a place to eat and socialize. The free mobile websites also answer growing consumer demand for functionality in restaurant websites by providing direct links for online services such as reservations and ordering, one click access to menus and other important information, and connections to social media such as Groupon™, Foursquare™ and others. More

Wal-Mart, Target sales reflect economic divide
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As Wal-Mart's U.S. same-store sales slump marked its ninth straight quarter recently, the retailer indicated it was slowing the pass-through of product price inflation while widening the price gap on competitors. Yet one of those competitors, Target Corp. of Minneapolis, also reported its strongest quarterly comparable-sales performance in four years. More

Millennials into group shopping, Web TV, youth causes
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A new study provides information on a range of digital and social media habits of American millennials, as well as their attitudes in the areas of cause marketing, grocery, restaurants, apparel and travel. More

Couple sets fuel efficiency world record with Shell
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John and Helen Taylor have been called the world's most fuel-efficient couple and after 23 days on the road with the Shell Smarter Driving Program, they now have the numbers to prove it. Driving an unmodified, non-hybrid gasoline vehicle through the 48 contiguous states and filling up with only Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, the two achieved an average of 64.42 miles per gallon, according to Shell. More

Burger King adds oatmeal to the royal breakfast
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Burger King is adding oatmeal to its breakfast menu as the struggling fast-food chain tries to reinvent itself. The world's second-largest burger chain says the move balances its menu to offer customers a healthier breakfast option. It is also an attempt by the company to catch up with competitors and expand its appeal beyond its traditional burger-and-fries base to boost sagging sales. More

Washington Update

Surviving spouse gives back to military community
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The death of any Soldier is painful, but for Kim Felts, a Family Readiness Program Specialist at Fort Bragg, it has become a reason to give back to the military community. More

Survivor Outreach Services hosts annual training
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Survivor Outreach Services recently held four days of professional development training for nearly 300 employees in Orlando, Fla., as part of a larger mission to improve the quality of service provided to the Families of fallen Soldiers. More than 100 sessions were held to benefit representatives from active duty components, the Army National Guard, the U.S. Army Reserve and private organizations assisting survivors. More

Commander, Navy Installations Command
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The Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division administers a varied program of recreation, social and community support activities on U.S. Navy facilities worldwide. Our programs provide active-duty, reserve and retired Navy personnel and their families with sports and physical fitness activities, child development and youth programs, and a variety of food and beverage services. Our mission is to provide quality support and recreational services that contribute to the retention, readiness, mental, physical and emotional well-being of our sailors.

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