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Highlights of the JUNE 2013 Issue




• Navy Lodge Program Recognizes
  Award Winners


The Navy Lodge Program recognized its 2012 award winners during its annual training, May 15 to 19, at NS North Island, Calif. The awards for excellence highlight outstanding guest service in different facets of the Navy Lodge Program, and honor the best employees and top facilities.

Michael Bockelman, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) vice president and Navy Lodge Program director, joined approximately 60 managers, assistant managers and headquarters personnel, who came together to network and participate in informative educational sessions throughout the week of training, with the Edward E. Carlson Awards presentation capping off the week's activities.

“Each year, we award our general managers and associates for the hard work they do to provide outstanding service to our Navy Lodge guests,” said Bockelman. “Congratulations to each of the winners for a job well done.” ...

• Navy Lodges Earn Gold and Silver LEED Awards


The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Navy Lodge North Island, Calif., a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification and the Navy Lodge Gulfport, Miss., a LEED Silver certification. LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

“The Navy Lodges underwent a $50 million expansion in 2012 with an eye on sustainability,” explained Mike Bockelman, vice president, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), and director of the Navy Lodge Program. “At the top of our priority list was long-term sustainability and good environmental stewardship. This green initiative will lead to lower operating costs and increased Navy savings, reduce waste sent to landfills and conservation of energy and water. We are proud to have achieved this prestigious distinction.” ...

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Trendy, Seasonal Items Generate Excitement


The Air Force's share of the military alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverage market is largely driven by installation nonappropriated fund (NAF) activity managers, local policies and demographics, said Fred McKenney, the Air Force Personnel Center's chief of Air Force Food and Beverage Development.

According to McKenney, the Air Force maintains contractual agreements for the resale of non-alcoholic categories, with Coca-Cola fountain beverages, and Starbucks coffee and tea products under the “We Proudly Serve” program.

“Under the alcoholic category, each installation establishes its own nonappropriated fund purchase agreements with vendors from the local areas,” he noted. ...

When making beverage category purchases, “Managers take into consideration price points, customer demographics and preferences, as well as product availability by location,” McKenney said. ...


BRANDING: Three's Company —
MCAS Miramar Adds Brand Power to Renovated Food Court


On March 8, MCAS Miramar, Calif., welcomed the newly renovated and reopened Flight Line Food Court. Located near the Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) main exchange and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) commissary, the revamped food court gives Marines on base another valid dining option.

The renovation took several months to complete, said Mary Joe Heath, director of Food Services, Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS), MCAS Miramar.

“The MCCS at MCAS Miramar began the process of rebranding all of our foodservice operations, including both of our food courts, in August of 2012, when our current foodservice contract was modified to end in phases beginning just 30 short days later, and being completely phased out by October of 2013,” she noted.

As the date approached for the current contract to end, Heath said that the base's MCCS Director Mary Bradford created a team to tackle the challenge of replacing or closing 13 foodservice operations at MCAS Miramar. ...

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