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NEWSMAKERS:

 

'Lone Survivor' SEAL Luttrell Meets AAFES Leadership

 

• DALLAS — On Jan. 8, Tom Shull, the director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), and the exchange service's deputy director, Maj. Gen. Joseph Ward, USAF, met with Marcus Luttrell, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL, during his visit here to Exchange headquarters.

Luttrell, who reached the rank of petty officer 1st class during his eight-year Navy career, received the Navy Cross for his actions in 2005 facing Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wings (also known as Operation Redwing/Red Wing). He later co-authored with Patrick Robinson an account of his service in Afghanistan alongside his fellow Navy SEALs, “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10.”

His story was recently made into a feature film “Lone Survivor,” released to theaters in January. ...

 

GNC Sponsors Annual Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Tourney

 

• PITTSBURGH — For the eighth consecutive year, General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) partnered with the Western Pennsylvania Committee of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) for the annual charity golf tournament. GNC was the headline sponsor for the event, which continues to generate important funds and build public awareness for the cause.

“We could not be more pleased to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project for the eighth consecutive year, and we are honored to support our wounded servicemen and women, who sacrificed so much to preserve the freedom of others,” said Tom Dowd, GNC's Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO) and General Manager (GM). “GNC promotes a healthy lifestyle based not only on nutrition but on quality of life, and the actions of these men and women have given us the opportunity to 'Live Well' and for this, we owe them great thanks.” ...

 

Coast Guardsman Wins Custom Mustang

 

• NWS CHARLESTON COMMISSARY, JB CHARLESTON, S.C.— U.S. Coast Guard Fireman Andrew Keller was the grand prize winner of a 2014, 1-of-1 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 2 car, in an exclusive commissary giveaway promotion from Monster Energy, with Ford Motor Company and drifter motorsport champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. Others celebrating Keller's success included Josh Thomas, Byron Williams and Nicole Volpe (Monster Ambassador Team (MAT)); Stephen Fisher, Monster field sales representative (FSR); and Tom Burdette, Monster Region Manager. ...

 

Hormel Donates Holiday Hams at Commissary

 

• JB ANDREWS, Md. — On Dec. 18, the First Sergeant's Council handed out more than 100 free hams to airmen at the commissary here via $20-off coupons that were provided to purchase these items. Hormel donated the Cure 81 spiral hams as part of the “Hams for Hunger” program to give back to the community.

“As a first sergeant, it's truly an honor to be able to give back to our airmen and their families, especially during the holiday season,” said Master Sgt. Jeremy Peagler, USAF, 779th Medical Operations Squadron's First Sergeant. ...

 

ALA New York Chapter Recognizes Stella, McDonald

 

• NEW YORK — The New York Chapter of the American Logistics Association's (ALA) gave special recognition to Maxi Saver Chairman Amerigo “Del” Stella and Dunham & Smith Executive Vice President, Headquarter Sales Mike “Mickey” McDonald during its Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 5 for their “outstanding and unwavering support of the Military Commanders' Scholarship Fund.” ...

 

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NMFA INTERVIEW
Telling the Military Family Story: From The Grassroots To Capitol Hill

National Military Family Association Executive Director Joyce Wessel Raezer

Joyce Wessel Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association (NMFA), believes a strong military family helps to create a strong military. Working from the grass roots on up, and putting the needs and desires of military families into context, she and the association work to make sure that their voices are heard loud and clear where it matters most.

In this exclusive interview with E and C News, Raezer discussed the challenges facing the military community as their benefits come under increasing pressure from often conflicting or divergent interests, and the importance of taking a holistic look at compensation issues and how they affect the men and women of the U.S military and their families, Wounded Warriors and retirees. ...

'I think that the commissary is absolutely essential. I would hate for people to have to do without it, because for our young troops and their families; for our recently retired folks who are maybe still just looking for a job; for our medically retired wounded warriors; for our elderly retirees, widows, and widowers who are on a fixed budget, those commissary savings are essential.'
— National Military Family Association Executive Director Joyce Wessel Raezer

 

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EXCHANGE ROUNDTABLE
Exchange Leadership: Fiscal 2014 Plans

With the new fiscal year just begun, the leaders of the respective exchange systems and the Veterans Canteen Service are looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities that fiscal 2014 may offer. Here are some highlights from each respective service's goals and organizational objectives for the coming year.

AAFES DIRECTOR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER THOMAS “TOM” SHULL
‘Passionate About Honoring Those Who Serve’

'In 2014, the Exchange remains passionate about honoring those who serve and focused on family serving family.' ...

NEXCOM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), REAR ADM. ROBERT J. BIANCHI SC, USN (RET.)
‘Maintaining Our Intense Focus’

'In 2014, we will maintain our intense focus on delighting our customers. We have several initiatives underway in support of this effort, but two of our primary objectives include the continuation of our enterprise-wide branding efforts — with special emphasis on our savings messaging — and a full scale rollout of our “A Better You” program, which promotes healthy living.' ...

DIRECTOR, SEMPER FIT AND EXCHANGE SERVICES DIVISION, WILLIAM C. DILLON
‘Facing New Challenges’

'Our 2014 sales projections are $988 million, with a realization we are facing new challenges to top-line revenue to include changes in shopping behavior related to support the Secretary of the Navy's 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, and force rebalancing.' ...

VCS ACTING DIRECTOR, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO), JOSEPH “RAY” TOBER
‘Pride In Serving Those Who Have Served For Us’

'Our goal for 2014 is a 2-3 percent increase over 2013 across all of our business lines. With more reliance on business intelligence, aggressive sales promotions and new business opportunities we are pursuing, I'm confident we can achieve our goal.' ...

COMMANDING OFFICER, COAST GUARD COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMAND (CGCSC), CAPT. ROBERT E. McKENNA, USCG
‘We All Strive For Excellence In Everything We Do’

'Our vision is to be Coast Guard men and women's choice for exchange and MWR benefits.' ...

 

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TACTICAL EYEWEAR:
Preserve the Sight to Fight! A New Vision for Eyewear Safety

Lt. Col. Jeffrey J. Autrey, USAF, BSc, FAAO Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Program (TSVCRP) Manager

There have been a multitude of changes at the Tri-Service Vision Conservation Program (TSVCRP) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., since we last spoke with one of the program's previous managers, Col. Dr. David Hilber, USA.

New active duty program managers for the Army, Navy and Air Force have recently come on board, and Lt. Col. Jeff Autrey, USAF, who was the Air Force's Program Manager for Vision Conservation and Readiness, became the TSVCRP Program Manager in February 2013, leading the joint program as new personnel arrived during that summer.

An Air Force optometrist for 13 years, Autrey completed the Air Force Optometry Residency Program at Lackland AFB, Texas, and the Army Primary Flight Surgeon course at Fort Rucker, Ala., which also involved work on night vision goggles, night flying, and day operations. ...

On program data concerning eye/face injury reduction ...
Autrey: As far as data on eye injuries, the answer is “Yes,” our program recently compiled data from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC), and that concept has been around for the last 10 years or so, but it's only as of 2013 that we've been able to compile the data, streamline it and actually publish it to our public website so that Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard can have installation-level data on their eye injury rates. ...

 

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MCX NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Beverages: Keeping the Category Cool and Fresh

 

Joe Cella has served since November 2012 as the Marine Corps Exchange's (MCX) nonalcoholic beverages buyer. He also recently took on spirits buying responsibilities. Although year-to-date fiscal 2013 sales through November were down, the buyer is optimistic that these areas can rebound in the latter stages of fiscal 2013 and into fiscal 2014.

Cella noted, “Our total MCX topline sales have been challenged in 2013, having been impacted by the reduction in troop end-strength and the government shutdown in October.” Nevertheless the area generated around $36.8 million during the 10-month February through November period for the categories listed at right. ...

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NEXCOM FURNITURE: Poised for a Prime Buying Season

 

As it gears up for a critical year-end stretch of the furniture season, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) began a campaign to entice its customers with promotions such as the “Largest Sale of the Year” event that begins at the end of October, and the Navy Blue Friday event that follows Thanksgiving and carries through to the end of the calendar year.

“We have some incredible 'Doorbuster' as well as 'Lowest Price of the Year' events planned to help drive traffic featuring dining, bedroom, upholstery and mattresses,” said NEXCOM Furniture Buyer William Blank. ...

 

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Snapshot
RESALE SNAPSHOT — November 2013

 

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