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What's next for the Pentagon budget?
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NationalJournal, Megan Scully
As lawmakers return to Capitol Hill, all eyes are on the deficit-cutting super committee. But for the defense industry, the first order of business this fall is tracking the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee's work on the Pentagon budget for next year.

'Doomsday' planning will fail without OSD guidance
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AOL Defense, Mackenzie Eaglen
We all know the White House has issued guidance to the federal agencies, including the Defense Department, to start planning for the "doomsday" budget scenario where Congress stalls on debt reduction requirements and triggers a set of automatic spending cuts.

Davis puts priority on personnel in weighing defense budget
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San Diego Union-Tribune, Jeanette Steele and Gretel C. Kovach
San Diego is a military town, and the past decade of war brought more money, ships, sailors and Marines into our regional economy. Now, as the nation struggles with paying its debts, the new budgetary austerity will almost certainly hit our shores, too.

Defense Chairmen McKeon, Levin debate Pentagon cuts
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BGOV Insider via Bloomberg Businessweek
Congress has appointed a super committee to reduce federal deficits, and the U.S. military may be taking a hit. Bloomberg asked the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.: How far can the cutbacks go?

Congress' quest for DoD budget info unanswered
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Federal Times, Kate Brannen
With the budget crowding out all other policy issues on Capitol Hill, U.S. lawmakers are demanding answers from the White House and the Pentagon about how defense spending will fare in the coming months. So far, they've not received many details.

'Super committee' timeline to reduce the budget deficit
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National Journal, National Journal staff
Recently, Congress returned from its summer recess and the joint select committee charged with reducing the deficit also began its work in earnest. With talk of the deficit dominating headlines, here's a look at key dates for the committee.

DoD braces for $30 billion cut in 2012
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Defense News, Christopher P. Cavas
Pentagon leaders expect U.S. lawmakers to cleave up to $30 billion from the 2012 defense budget request. "We were originally thinking we would start at $553 billion in '12 and then go up, but we'll start potentially as much as $30 billion below that," Navy Undersecretary Robert Work said Sept. 1.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Commissary News

Supermarkets bounce back quickly after Irene
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Hundreds of supermarkets were forced to close for some period of time during Hurricane Irene, either because of evacuations or safety reasons as the storm approached, or because of power outages, structural damage or flooding after the storm had passed. By the middle of last week, however, most of the largest operators in the region said their stores were back in operation, with some relying on generator power. 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

Meat processors look for secret ingredient to provide wholesome, affordable products to consumers
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The U.S. has seen almost three dozen meat and poultry recalls since Jan. 1, and — while this causes fear and frustration — it also highlights the fact animal protein remains the center of most consumers' plates. In fact, two segments of the market have maintained double-digit growth even during the economic downturn. More

Aldi partners with USDA for healthy eating
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Discount grocer Aldi has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a campaign that aligns with USDA nutrition messages and the MyPlate icon to encourage consumers to fill half their plate with fruits and vegetables. "This initiative coincides with the Aldi mission to provide the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices to our customers," said Chuck Youngstrom, Aldi co-president. "We want to play our part to help Americans fill half their plate with fruits and vegetables." More

Farming costs rise at double the rate of food prices
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The cost of running a farm is continuing to rise faster than the price of food with some farming overheads having more than doubled in the past five years. Input costs for farmers and growers have grown by just under 13 percent in the past 12 months, the fifth year in a row they have risen faster than food prices. More

Extreme couponing: 45 tips from shopping experts
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TLC's Extreme Couponing is purposely "extreme," as its name suggests, and these shopping hauls of 200 cups of yogurt and 87 tubes of toothpaste costing a mere 27 cents are not everyday occurrences. But you can achieve significant savings on groceries, personal care items and other household staples by employing some savvy strategies. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website:

DP #19, CONUS Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #20, Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #21, Far East Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
Holiday Candy, Update #1.

NTT 11-112, Category Review Vitamins, National/Sports Nutrition.

2011 Reset Schedule, Update #9.
Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 11-36.
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.

Golf tournament, ALA National will hold a golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 3, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Hawk's Landing Golf Course. Located just steps from the lobby of the Orlando World Center Marriott, Hawk's Landing spans over 220 lush acres of native Florida wildlife and tropical vegetation. It was designed by noted golf architect Robert Cupp, Jr. with a par 71 layout, over 6600 yards and a slope-rating of 131. Download a registration form HERE.

Happy birthday to Maxi Saver Group!
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Congratulations on your 24th year serving military families, worldwide. Maxi Saver, the first military monthly FSI appeared in 1988 in Europe, expanded to the Pacific and finally to ConUS commissaries. A pioneer in the military market, Maxi Saver is the largest distributed FSI, reaching every commissary worldwide. Utilizing trained on base distributors who hand out the FSI is a key component in reaching shoppers. President Steve Stella said, "When entering the store, military shoppers can't miss our distributors in their red aprons. It's our way of greeting shoppers and ensuring they get the best savings." Since its inception, Maxi Saver has handed out over a billion dollars in coupon values, and will continue helping our service people by bringing the manufacturers' message to DeCA patrons in the years to come. Getting DeCA's message out to authorized shoppers is a partnership.

For more information, call 212-391-0002, or email

ALA Meetings

64th Annual Convention
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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

Exchange News

Sears sees growth selling its brands in other stores
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Carol Spieckerman, president of newmarketbuilders, wrote in a 2010 RetailWire online discussion that Sears was "quietly incubating and activating the business models and platforms that will transform retail's future." Among the reasons for Spieckerman's optimism about Sears' future was the company's decision to license its Craftsman, DieHard and Kenmore brands for sale in other outlets. More

Plan to combine exchanges, commissaries would raise prices
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A Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee bill that would consolidate the military commissary and exchange systems has service members and military advocates deeply concerned. The bill calls for the consolidated retail system to become self-sufficient by 2016 — possibly forcing prices throughout the new system to rise by about 7 percent. More

Eyed for shutdown, Fort Lee expanded    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An Army post in central Virginia that once was a target for closure is now being hailed as the logistics capital of the world. Over the past six years, Fort Lee in Prince George County has nearly doubled in size and is home to the Army Sustainment Center of Excellence — a focused training base that includes military supply, munitions and transportation. More

What's in the cards for Wal-Mart?
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While it rivals in the supermarket industry and other channels of trade are excited over the possibilities inherent in forging deeper relationships with customers who carry their loyalty cards, will Wal-Mart Stores be left behind? Or would the world's largest retailer introduce a loyalty program as a means of rebounding for a two-year U.S. sales slump? More

Pump prices ease, slightly
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The price of U.S. oil has dipped significantly from the spring, but the decrease in the price at the pump has not been as notable. According to CNNMoney, the cost of U.S. oil has fallen 25 percent since reaching new highs in May. However, gasoline has only gone down 10 percent. While motorists can expect to spend less to fill up their tanks over the next few months, they should not expect a huge discount. More

Catalina: Major packaged goods brands lost 46 percent of loyalists
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The top 100 packaged goods brands saw reduced loyalty from 46 percent of their loyal consumers during the past year, exacting a steep toll on sales, according to a study by Catalina Marketing based on shopper loyalty card data. More

Millennials the 'it' generation for foodservice
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Millennials — 52 million adults ages 18 to 29 — made more than 13 billion of the 59 billion visits to foodservice establishments in 2010 and spent $73 billion dollars, according to market research firm The NPD Group. Unlike some other adult generations, their number will increase over the next 10 years, driven by immigration. Much of the buzz about this generation focuses on its collective behaviors, but a recently released NPD foodservice market research report examines the diversity among this age group. More

E-commerce elite: The retailers that are defining the online channel
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Consumers have their favorite online retailers — and so do e-commerce experts. As any e-retailer will attest, having the tools to drive sales online is one thing; integration, implementation and execution are what truly separates the "elite" from the rest of the lot. More

Exchange Announcements

AAFES HQ's/Region phone book
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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

2011 Basic Allowance for Subsistence
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The Basic Allowance for Subsistence is linked to, and changes with, the Agriculture Department's food-cost index. The 2011 BAS rates rise about 0.4 percent over 2010 rates. BAS as of Jan. 1:

(Including commissioned officers, warrant officers and aviation cadets)
$223.84 per month

(Almost everyone who has completed basic training)
$325.04 per month

Dwell time increases to 2 years next month
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Army units that deploy starting next month should enjoy two years of dwell time when they come home. That's the Army's plan for its war-weary troops even as it transitions from 12-month deployments to nine-month tours, a senior Army planner said. More

Wounded vets applaud new caregivers plan
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Russ Marek, a staff sergeant, was serving in Iraq with the 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, when he was critically wounded Sept. 16, 2005, by a roadside bomb. The Mareks have been approved for the VA's new Family Caregiver program for post-9/11 veterans that provides benefits for the first time to designated family caregivers of eligible severely wounded service members. More

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