From the desk of the ALA President 12/17

Legislators work to keep Government open.  Appropriations for the government expire on December 18 but key legislators on appropriations (including Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee) are saying that even if they don’t get a full-year appropriation in place, they’re prepared to pass another short-term funding patch until they can get agreement.  Nobody wants to shut the Government down during the latest pandemic emergency.  Congress is trying to hook pandemic relief on to the government spending bill that would create one massive package to send to the President for signature.

DeCA personnel changes.  Norman E. Brown, currently director of Europe Area, will become the director of marketing on April 25, filling a position left vacant by the August 2020 retirement of Hector Granado.   Bonita Moffett, currently director of East Area, will become the director of sales effective Jan. 3, a position currently held by Tracie L. Russ. Russ will become the director of Europe Area on March 14.    Ronald A. “Ronny” Yoder, currently the director of Central Area, will become the director of East Area effective Jan. 3.   Christopher Lyons, DeCA’s resale and government affairs advisor, will also serve as DeCA’s temporary chief of staff effective Jan. 3, a position currently held by Teena P. Standard. Standard will retire Jan. 2.

A December 17 DeCA press release said:  “There’s a common theme in these executive assignments: exceptional competence and experience,” Moore said. “At this crucial time in our agency’s history, we need to optimize our talent for our future needs, so we can best serve our patrons. These leaders have demonstrated they have what it takes to help us effectively deliver the vital commissary benefit our patrons have earned.”

Brown, the incoming director of marketing, had served as the Europe Area director since July 2013. He previously served as the executive officer to the DeCA director from 2011 to 2013.   Moffett, the incoming director of sales, has served as the director of East Area since Jan 2017.  Prior to that assignment, she served as store operations chief in the Store Operations Group.   Russ, the incoming director of the Europe Area, has served as director of sales since August 2014. She had previously served as the deputy sales director.   Yoder, the incoming director of the East Area, has served as director of the Central Area since February 2019. Previous to that assignment, he served as the chief of the store operations division.  Lyons, selected temporary chief of staff, will also continue serving as resale and government affairs advisor, a position he’s occupied since Jan. 19, 2020.

Pharmacy opens at NAS Lemoore.  Conveniently located between the commissary and exchange, a pharmacy has opened at NAS Lemoore, Calif.  The location promises to increase customer flow to the resale outlets.  “The leadership at NHCL is striving to best meet the demands of our beneficiaries at the same time as safely delivering that care; and the Satellite Pharmacy offers that service,” Lt. Tanesia Maul, pharmacy department head said. “It alleviates unnecessary visits to the health clinic and ultimately reduces patient traffic, exposure and time.”

NEX and MCX break donation records.  Congratulations to the Navy Exchange (NEX) and Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) as their customers donated the highest amount since 2014 to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). During the nearly month-long campaign, nearly 81,000 tickets were sold for a total of $404,709 by both NEX and MCX customers. During the nearly month-long campaign, nearly 81,000 tickets were sold for a total of $404,709 by both NEX and MCX customers.  This joint campaign by the NEX and MCX provides their customers opportunities to help their brothers and sisters in arms. This type of Navy and Marine Corps joint effort is important around the holiday season in particular.  “Our customers look forward to being able to support the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and their fellow men and women in uniform,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer for the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). “NEX customers donated $315,974, an extraordinary amount especially during a pandemic. Their generosity is a true example of taking care of their shipmates.”  “The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society is a very important resource for our Navy and Marine Corps families,” said Cindy Whitman Lacy, CEO/Director, Business and Supports Services Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. “This was the sixth year that the MCX participated in the benefit ticket program which allowed nearly 18,000 customers to donate $88,735 to help fund the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society to provide Sailors and Marines financial support when they are experiencing life challenges that could detract their attention from being mission ready.”  The purchase of the benefit ticket entitled customers to $5 off plus an additional 5 percent off their one-time NEX or MCX purchase made Nov. 5 through 10. With the purchase of a benefit ticket, customers also received a free reusable tote, while supplies lasted.  Navy and Marine Corps customers donated nearly $269,000 during the NMCRS benefit ticket campaign held in the spring. Since 2011, NEX patrons have donated nearly $3 million to the NMCRS while MCX customers have donated nearly $1 million since 2013.

Best regards,

Stephen Rossetti


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