IN THE NEWS:
DALLAS — In a June 14 ceremony, concurrent with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's (AAFES) celebration of the Army's 237th birthday, Thomas C. “Tom” Shull was introduced to employees as the exchange service's new civilian director and chief executive officer (CEO).
Shull, who was announced by the AAFES Board of Directors as the Exchange's director-to-be on May 23 (see E and C News 6/12), was formally introduced to employees by AAFES's vice commander Brig. Gen. Francis “Fran” Hendricks, USAF, who took the reins of the Exchange at the end of March as the last uniformed commander in its 117-year history to-date.
'I had long hoped to
find a way to leverage
my civilian business
experience for the benefit
of military families. I was
humbled when offered
the opportunity to join
the Exchange team.'
— AAFES Director and CEO Thomas C. “Tom” Shull
WASHINGTON — The Senate on May 24 confirmed Erin Conaton as under secretary of defense (USD) for Personnel and Readiness (P&R). She succeeds Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, who announced his resignation Oct. 27, 2011.
Dr. JoAnn Rooney, principal deputy under secretary (P&R), had served as acting under secretary since Stanley's departure. Stanley had held the office from Feb. 16, 2010.
During Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearings on March 29, Conaton answered a range of questions including several regarding military quality of life and military resale. Lawmakers had prefaced their queries by noting that commissaries and exchanges are significant quality-of-life components for members of the active and reserve forces and their families. ...