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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only Sept. 2, 2011
Executive Briefing

President's Message

Waiting for the other shoe to fall:

ALA continues to work to educate and defend the military shopping benefits along with other individuals and beneficiary groups. It may be time to consider consolidating these like-minded interests into a coalition of partners with the ability to deliver a more powerful statement with an even louder voice. We continue to provide responses to the variety of media queries we receive in order to make sure the impacts and assessments are correctly stated.

Shielding commissaries from the budget knife
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Kitsap Sun, Tom Philpott
Commissary advocates on Capitol Hill suggest the store system had a target on its back for deficit hawks already. The target only got bigger when the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee signaled that ending taxpayer subsidies and lowering patron savings were reasonable efficiency moves.

Pentagon ponders budget cuts in face of 'perfect storm'
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Washington Times, Rowan Scarborough
The Pentagon is considering a range of options to meet a bipartisan call to greatly reduce defense spending in what is a "perfect storm" rocking the military's once-sturdy budget plans.

Brevard troops fight proposed military retirement tweaks
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Florida Today, R. Norman Moody
For those cut out for it, committing to military service comes with a promise: Serve 20 years with possible time in a combat zone while relocating every two or three years, and get retirement pay equivalent to half your salary — for life. A group tasked with reviewing the current military retirement system, however, says that's unfair, unaffordable and inflexible.

Where did the $60 billion go?

Pentagon defends efforts to fight waste
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Reuters, David Alexander
The Pentagon recently defended its efforts to eliminate wasteful wartime spending in Iraq and Afghanistan, as two new reports accused it of squandering tens of billions of dollars while tripling the amount of no-bid contracts.

Be prepared and be safe:

White House issues 9/11 guidelines ahead of anniversary
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Government Executive, Ben Terris
The White House has distributed two sets of documents with guidelines on how to best commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The documents warn citizens to be prepared for another attack and call on officials to memorialize those who died.

Super committee begins work:

Super committee to prep for first hearing
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Government Executive, Dan Friedman and Billy House
The 12-member super committee was created as part of a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. The law requires the panel to meet by Sept. 16 and recommend by Thanksgiving cuts worth $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

Commander's farewell message:

Petraeus retires, with a warning
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The New York Times, Elisabeth Bumiller
An era in the American military came to an end on Aug. 31 when David H. Petraeus, the most influential general of his generation, retired with a 17-gun salute and a warning that coming budget cuts should not lead to the "hollow Army" that occurred after the Vietnam War.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Senator: Cuts may imperil Robins Air Force Base
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Speaking at the Robins Region Progress Report, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., gave a stark assessment of the current state of the nation's finances and its implications for Robins Air Force Base. "If we don't get our arms around this $14.5 trillion debt, and if we don't get our arms around this annual deficit in excess of $1 trillion that we have run for the last two years, and that we know we are going to run for this year, then this country is headed toward bankruptcy, pure and simple," he said. More

Groups urge super committee to protect federal pay, benefits
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Federal employee groups are urging the congressional super committee to reject additional cuts to government workers' pay and benefits as part of its final deficit reduction plan. More


Beginning January 2012 Judy Johnson’s Military Family Mailbox will mail coupons to active duty families living in base housing. DeCA vendors should contact MORE

Panel's report on military pensions delayed
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A Pentagon advisory panel has delayed an expected report on how the military might find savings in its pension system. More

The hardest cut: Reining in Pentagon spending
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"More mine detectors, and more Marines, sir," a Marine sergeant in sunglasses told Ashton B. Carter, the Pentagon's chief arms and equipment buyer, as a punishing wind whipped Carter's shirt during a review of troop needs in Afghanistan. "They're on their way," promised Carter, a former Harvard professor and prominent defense analyst whose visit last year was captured on videotape. More

Obama draws line on possible cuts to veterans programs
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President Barack Obama vowed he would not allow cuts in programs for veterans as Congress and the administration look for ways to balance the budget. "It's time to focus on nation-building here at home," Obama told 6,000 members of the country's largest veterans group, who clapped politely. More

Obama puts vets atop jobs agenda
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Speaking to thousands of veterans recently gathered in Minneapolis, President Barack Obama vowed to ensure that returning soldiers have the job skills they need to succeed and made an ironclad commitment to the military and veterans. He pledged to create a job training "boot camp" for veterans who are struggling to find employment in the private sector, a rising problem nationally. He also said he will press states to make it easier for vets to get professional licenses. More

Pentagon personnel chief draws criticism for leadership style
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The Pentagon's top personnel manager, brought in last year to reorganize a troubled division, has drawn complaints that his ineffective leadership has undermined his staff and slowed the program that helps wounded troops return to civilian life. More

Commissary News

Robots on call
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Should retail pharmacies use robots to fill prescriptions? Retailers have been grappling with that question for more than a decade, but recent developments in robotics technology as well as the movement toward central-fill facilities have spurred a new debate on the merits of automated prescription processing. More

A tiger at 60: How Kellogg's Tony is changing for a new age
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In a new campaign by longtime agency Leo Burnett, Frosted Flakes is reaching out to fathers with TV ads that show a dad, son and Tony tossing a football in the backyard. The trio then heads to the kitchen for some post-game Flakes, as the voiceover intones "share what you love with who you love." The campaign is meant to tap into the growing trend of dads buying groceries. More

Seafood industry defends sustainability of canned tuna
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The National Fisheries Institute is speaking out to "set the record straight" after Greenpeace launched an international effort to pressure grocery stores over sustainability, this time targeting canned tuna. Greenpeace's worldwide campaign against canned tuna disregards the latest science and promotes solutions that would "negatively increase fishing's environmental impact," according to the National Fisheries Institute. More

Starbucks to have Keurig packages in US grocery stores in November
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Starbucks said it will have packages of its Keurig coffee pods available at U.S. grocery stores and specialty retailers beginning in November. Many coffee companies have started to concentrate on the single-serve coffee pods that consumers brew at home because it is a fast-growing business. More

Kroger plans moment of silence for 9/11
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Kroger Co. said the company would hold a moment of silence at all of its 2,449 supermarkets in the U.S on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we will invite our customers and associates to join together in a moment of silent reflection in all of our supermarkets," said Dave Dillon, chairman and chief executive officer of Kroger. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website:

DP #16, Update #2.
DP #17, Update #2.
DP #19, Update #1 and Alaska Shipper & Promotion Quantities.
DP #22, WW Promotion Package, Welcome Home To Savings.
Holiday Gift Packs/HBC Gift Packs, Update #2.
Fall Club Pack, Update #2 and Far East & Alaska December Quantities.
2012 Superbowl, Update #2.

11-111, Fiscal Year 2012 DIBS FDS/DSD Call Numbers.

DeCA July Sales Data.
2011 Reset Schedule, Update #8.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 11-35.
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.

ALA Meetings

American Logistics Association charity golf tournament to benefit the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans
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Join ALA National for a morning of golf on Monday, Oct. 3, just preceding the 64th Annual ALA Convention. The Hawk's Landing Golf Course is located at the Orlando World Center Marriott, just steps from the hotel's main lobby. We will begin with a grab 'n' go breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Download a registration form here. More

64th Annual Convention
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Exchange News

Help for military families coming in the mail
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Judy Johnson's Military Family Mailbox launches with a Super Bowl theme late January.

Get your coupons, offers and information delivered directly into the mailboxes of young active duty families.

Only active duty families living in designated military family homes will receive the envelope in their mailboxes.

These families need all the help they can get to make ends meet in today's tough economy. Nobody is more deserving than our military service members and their families. Please help them with coupons, discounts, special savings and services exclusively for military families.

For information on costs, circulation and schedules send an email to It is very inexpensive to participate.

Our young military families will appreciate your support.

Best Buy Perfect Match Promise extends to appliances
Kantar Retail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Best Buy is offering its Perfect Match Promise to major appliances purchases. Every major appliance will have a 30-day full return guarantee with free pickup. More

Sam's Club promotes Labor Day savings, eValues
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Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, Sam's Club is offering all members up to $600 in extra savings and the opportunity to try eValues. More

Lowe's reorganizes store operations and merchandising, pares management ranks
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Lowe's has restructured its store operations and merchandising organizations and is reducing the size of its management team, with the pledge to improve efficiencies, increase speed to market for new products, and enhance the shopping experience at its stores. More

Dollar General to launch online operations
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Dollar General will launch its e-commerce website,, on Sept. 8. More

Lowe's debuts iPhone app
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Lowe's recently introduced its iPhone app. The free app enables users to shop on the Lowe's mobile site. More

Costco expands tool line with Sears brand
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Sears Holdings will sell its Craftsman tool line through Costco's U.S. clubs. Sears has carried Craftsman tools since 1927. More

Pentagon pays $720 million in late fees for storage containers
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The Pentagon has spent more than $720 million since 2001 on fees for shipping containers that it fails to return on time, according to data and contracts obtained by USA Today. The containers are familiar sights on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan where troops use them for storage, shelter and building material. Yet each 20-foot container returned late can rack up more than $2,200 in late fees. More

6 ways retailers are using mobile to supplement the store
Advertising Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More consumers are turning to tablets and smartphones to shop, but this back-to-school season major retailers are using mobile to drive traffic to stores, not necessarily to encourage online transactions. That's not to say that brick-and-mortar retailers don't allow for purchases in mobile apps — Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has seeded shopping in its mobile app, as have JC Penney, Target and others. Yet mobile commerce doesn't seem to be a major theme for the back-to-school season. Instead, retailers are using mobile marketing to help customers once they're at physical locations rather than to encourage them to buy through mobile devices. More

Target looks to wallet share, Canada for growth
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While a slowly progressing economic recovery in the U.S. likely will limit new store growth in coming years, Target Corp. is looking to urban formats, international expansion and e-commerce to supplement growth and gain wallet share, said Gregg Steinhafel, Target's chief executive officer. More

America's natural gas highway receives new 'fuel' injection
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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. hopes to "clean up" when it comes to installing liquid natural gas fueling stations. The company has secured an additional $150 million in funding from three Asian investments funds. Clean Energy has now received $300 million in the last two months to be used toward its effort to provide a low-cost, low-carbon alternative to diesel fuel. More

All-star chefs team up with Sam's Club for restaurant-quality cuisine
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Sam's Club, a division of Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart, said it partnered with eight all-star executive chefs from across the United States to provide restaurant-quality, "simply delicious" mealtime solutions. Under the Sam's Club Simply Delicious Chef Brigade partnership, the retailer will unveil new breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes every month. More

Exchange Announcements

DoDDS raises school meal prices    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Students headed back to school at Department of Defense Dependents Schools face a three-year phased increase in student meal prices mandated by The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Public Law 111-296). More

2011 Toys for Tots campaign at MCX
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This year's Toys for Tots MCCS community weekend is centered at your local MCX on Dec. 2-4. The focus of this event is to increase Toys for Tots donations at each base, increase visibility of the Marine Corps Exchange as the resource for supporting military families, bring families into the exchange during peak shopping dates and create a memorable experience for Marines and their families by participating in the Toys for Tots event. More

Washington Update

Retreat builds widows' bonds
The Journal Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jennifer Tullis and about 75 other military widows — ranging in age from 21 to 62 — recently shared memories of their loved ones while hiking rugged wooded trails, canyoneering in the backcountry and rafting the rapids of Alaska's Crow Creek. They were participants in the second Alaska Adventure excursion organized by TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. More

Ribbon cutting opens Installation Management Command on Fort Sam
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Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch and five representatives of the soldiers, civilians and family members served by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, officially opened the command's new headquarters campus Aug. 19. The ceremony officially completed IMCOM's Base Realignment and Closure-mandated move from Arlington and Crystal City, Va., and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to historic Fort Sam Houston, an Army stronghold since 1876. More

ACS celebrates 46 years of service
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Since its beginning in 1965, one Army organization has grown to meet the needs of more than those for which it was founded. Army Community Service celebrated its 46th birthday July 22 and now rejoices in the glow of offering relevant services and programs to soldiers, civilian employees and their families to meet a diversity of needs. More

ACS maintains history of supporting military families
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As the decades pass, Army Community Service has seen many changes, improvements and restructuring, but its mission remains the same: To build resilience and stability in soldiers and families. More

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