Highlights of the February 2015 Issue
MCRMC Testifies on Resale Proposals to Concerned HASC, SASC Members
While the bulk of the Military Compensation
and Retirement Modernization Commission's
(MCRMC) early February testimony to the Senate
Armed Services Committee (SASC) and the House
Armed Services Committee (HASC) focused on many
of the “bigger ticket” issues surrounding pay and
allowances, retirement contributions, and healthcare,
military resale matters also inspired high-profile
question-and-answer exchanges during discussions
between Senators, Representatives and successive
panels of MCRMC commissioners ...
Resale's Value, Proposes
WASHINGTON — In a recommendation questioned by many
in the military resale community as to how
its second- and third-order consequences might
affect the viability of the resale businesses,
the businesses that support them, the benefits
and/or dividends they deliver, and ultimately,
the viability of the entire resale system, the
long-awaited final report from the Military
Compensation and Retirement Modernization
Commission (MCRMC) released on Thursday,
Jan. 29, has recommended the consolidation
of commissaries and exchanges, into a “single
defense resale organization,” along with several
other measures, such as selling beer and
wine in commissaries, rescinding appropriated
funding (APF) support for second destination
transportation (SDT) of American merchandise
to overseas patrons, and converting APF payroll
commissary employees to nonappropriated fund
DoD Proposes Sharp Commissary
Cuts in Fiscal 2016 Defense Budget
WASHINGTON — On Feb. 2, President Obama sent Congress the Department
of Defense (DoD) proposed fiscal 2016 budget
request of $585.43 billion in discretionary budget authority,
an increase of $24.9 billion from the fiscal 2015 approved budget of about $561 billion, including a 1.3 percent
pay raise for military servicemembers. The relief for
military families reversed course from there, with
yet another round of drastic cuts proposed to their
military resale shopping benefits. ...
NEXCOM EVP and CMO Paquette
VIRGINIA BEACH —On Jan. 8, Tess Paquette, the executive
vice president (EVP),
chief merchandising and marketing officer
for the Navy Exchange Service
Command (NEXCOM), announced
her retirement, effective March 1. The
exchange service has not yet named
her successor. ...
Immler Named AAFES
Deputy Director as
DALLAS — The Army & Air Force
(AAFES) announced that
Michael Immler will be its
new deputy director, succeeding
Maj. Gen. Joseph S.
Ward Jr., USAF, who retires
at the end of this month. ...
European Reorganization Leads
To Eventual Base, Store Closures
WASHINGTON — On Jan. 8, the Department of Defense announced that more than a dozen U.S. military installations
across the European continent will close late this decade or early in the next decade as part of an
eight-year plan — beginning later this year and extending into 2023 — that represents the latest U.S.
military reorganization on the continent. (See exchange system map accompanying the issue.) ...
Exchange Opens in Time for the Holiday Season
FORT MEADE, Md. — In a move that even Santa might have been envious
of, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service
(AAFES) gave the military community here a great
present for the holiday season — a brand new
exchange, bringing a modern shopping experience
to the installation just in time for the
holidays. The base also continues to see growth
with the expansion of U.S. Cyber Command,
the National Security Agency (NSA) and the
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA),
among others. ...
NEXCOM Names Batte Pet Buyer
NEXCOM — The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) recently named
Courtney Batte as pet buyer in its headquarters-based General Merchandise
Group's (GMG) Consumables Merchandising Team (MG2). She
succeeds Adina Gadell, who had moved over to handle the buying responsibilities
for food in May 2014. The pet buyer position had been vacant since
that time (See E and C News 5/14). ...
AAFES Earns Subway Restaurant Award
SAN DIEGO — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) was recently awarded
the Subway Award for Business Excellence. The Exchange is the flagship
recipient of the award from the Doctors Associates Inc. restaurant chain,
presented to managers at Subway's national convention here. ...
Read more NEWS ...
On Jan. 8, Tess Paquette, the executive vice
president (EVP), chief merchandising and
marketing officer for the Navy Exchange
Service Command (NEXCOM), announced her retirement,
effective March 1. Before she
departed the NEX, Paquette spoke with E and C News
about a variety of topics, including the exchange service's
renewed sales momentum, its top-rated customer
service, and her confident outlook for NEXCOM as it
sets sail to deliver the benefit through the uncharted
waters of fiscal 2015 and beyond. ...
' ... I am convinced that
NEXCOM is poised to
continue on its growth
path and deliver on the
mission of providing
quality goods and services
and supporting Navy
quality of life programs.'
Read the complete A DECADE OF NAVY EXCHANGE PRIDE AND PROGRESS ...
— Former NEXCOM Executive
Vice President (EVP), Chief
Merchandising and Marketing
Officer Tess Paquette
As the Navy Exchange Service Command
(NEXCOM) turned its attention to the upcoming
fiscal year, E and C News asked Pat
Igoe, NEXCOM vice president (VP), general merchandise
manager (GMM), Consumables and NEXCOM VP and
GMM Hardlines Barb Divjak about their goals for their
'Our great partnerships are going to put
us over the top, and we appreciate
everyone's dedicated efforts to serving
the finest customers in the world.' ...
— NEXCOM CONSUMABLES VP & GMM PAT IGOE
'The life cycle of many of the electronic
items has shortened; with technology moving
so fast, we have to manage our inventory tighter
to be able to maximize an item at its peak and
then make room for the next generation right
around the corner.' ...
— NEXCOM HARDLINES VP & GMM BARB DIVJAK
Read more CONSUMABLES AND HARDLINES INITIATIVES ...
Lorel Taylor, the Navy Exchange Service Command's
(NEXCOM) headquarters-based candy,
nuts and seasonal gift buyer, remarked that the
exchange service's candy department offers a variety
of nuts, trail mixes, and sugar-free candy items that
fit right into the Department of Defense's (DoD)
Healthy Base Initiative (HBI) program.
“For nuts, we have merchandised this product
in our 'A Better You' consumables zone,” she explained.
“Nuts and trail mixes lend to this initiative;
we promote them regularly, carry important national
brands including Planters, Wonderful, Snak Club,
and Blue Diamond, in addition to our new North
Star Trading Company premium brand.” ...
Read more NEXCOM SNACKTIME — CANDY ...
With the dynamics of force positioning
around the world
remaining fluid, the Army
& Air Force Exchange Service
(AAFES) continues to be vigilant
in its responsibility to ensure that
its tactical outlets have a wide assortment
of the gear needed to outfit
the modern warfighter, whether at
home or deployed.
JR Chidester, divisional merchandise
manager (DMM) responsible for Military Clothing (MC) in the exchange
Main Store Consumables Division,
reported that through Nov. 20, 2014, AAFES's fiscal
2014 tactical sales were $39.97 million. With fewer
forces remaining in training capacities in Afghanistan,
most in the marketplace have anticipated that
sales of tactical products would fall shy of the $52.7
million total generated for all of 2013 ....
Read more AAFES — TACTICAL ...