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  1. UPS data breach does not affect exchange customers

    Military shoppers who made purchases or shipped packages through The UPS Store locations operated through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service were not affected by the data breach involving about 1 percent of The UPS Store locations nationwide, AAFES o

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust

    Linh Narum knows what it means to be a part of a military family. Her father served in the Air Force for 27 years and she and her husband, Air Force Col. Jerry Narum, a communications officer, have two sons of their own.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  3. Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) sort through donated non-perishable food items during a community service project at the Bremerton Food Line food bank in Bremerton, Wash, in 2013. MC2 Lauren Howes / Navy

    DoD questions military data in food bank study

    The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  4. Consumer Watch: Prepare for saving money at commissary case lot sale

    Whether you've just moved to a new duty station and need to restock your pared-down pantry; or want to stock your barracks room; or need to stock up on drinks and other items for the kids' school lunches; or you want to save money on items you use all yea

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  5. Consumer Watch: Comparing 'private label' prices takes time, but can save money

    When it comes to cheaper alternatives to name brands, commissaries' options run neck-and-neck with — and often beating — Wal-Mart's private label prices, according to a limited comparison by Military Times.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  6. PCS packing list to help prevent frustration

    Whether you're making a permanent change-of-station move across the state, the country or overseas, these packing tips can temper what could become an overwhelming task.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  7. 'DeCA' label products might cost commissaries in long run

    A growing chorus of top military officials insists that allowing private label products — also called store brands or generics — to be sold in commissaries not only could save customers money now, but also could ease the pain in the future if the stores a

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  8. A Marine works on his vehicle at the Auto Hobby Skills Center aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Marine Corps

    Get your car road-trip ready

    Whether you're moving from Virginia to Texas or just taking a trip to visit one of America's beautiful national parks for free, get your car ready for the road with these important tasks:

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  9. New referral website to help troops find housing

    A new Homes.mil website will launch June 30, helping connect troops and spouses with information about available rentals in civilian communities, privatized military housing and government-owned housing, Navy officials said.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  10. Laura Carothers took these photos of her 7-year-old son, Zach, outside the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay commissary. She and Zach were refused entry when he was wearing what was deemed 'workout gear,' left. Carothers took Zach home to change into other shorts, right, so they could buy milk. Photos courtesy of Laura Carothers

    Boy in 'workout gear' refused admission to commissary

    A Navy wife is still puzzling over why she and her 7-year-old son were turned away from the commissary at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, because he was allegedly wearing 'workout gear.'

    • May. 23, 2014
  11. Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel panel approved plans to roll back BAH and cap next year's military pay raise at 1 percent. Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press

    Senate panel approves 1 percent pay raise, BAH cuts

    A Senate panel on Wednesday rejected Pentagon plans to cut commissary benefits and overhaul the Tricare system, all but ending defense officials' hope to make those changes next year.

    • May. 21, 2014
  12. House bill calls for $100 million 'efficiency' cut in commissary budget

    Although House lawmakers are resisting — for now — the Pentagon's call to slash the annual commissary operating budget by two-thirds over three years, the House Armed Services Committee appears comfortable with a more modest budget cut next year.

    • May. 5, 2014
  13. Commissary case lot sales to resume in August

    Commissary case lot sales are returning, announced Defense Commissary Agency director Joseph Jeu.

    • May. 1, 2014
  14. A display of fresh produce in the Fort Bragg North Commissary, N.C. Defense Commissary Agency / Thomas Hannan

    House panel rejects commissary cuts, delays other changes

    Lawmakers have not completely shut down the Defense Department's plan to drastically cut funding for commissaries, but they have at least delayed the significant changes that would almost certainly raise prices for shoppers.

    • Apr. 30, 2014
  15. Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials want to expand shopping privileges at the online exchange store to all honorably discharged veterans, sources said. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Sources: Exchange eyes opening online store to all vets

    Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials want to expand shopping privileges at the online exchange store to all honorably discharged veterans, sources said.

    • Apr. 29, 2014
  16. Expect some changes as moving season kicks off. Air Force

    Changes ahead as PCS 'high season' kicks off

    The rumble of moving trucks is getting closer as military officials and commercial companies gear up for the moving season that is bringing changes — and maybe some challenges — for military families.

    • Apr. 25, 2014
  17. Troops and and civilians enjoy American fast food at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center's food court in 2009. Army & Air Force Exchange Service PAO

    On-base fast food outlets get temporary reprieve from new wage rules

    The Labor Department has pulled back — at least temporarily — from new minimum wage rules that had led several fast-food restaurants to end their contracts on military installations and prompted others to possibly follow suit.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  18. New company to handle shipping private vehicles

    Some troops will have to drive farther to drop off and pick up their vehicles under the Defense Department's privately owned vehicle shipping program, with the closure of seven vehicle processing centers May 1.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  19. The Corps' top enlisted Marine disagrees with the idea that tobacco products should be banned from base stores. Marti Gatlin / Marine Corps

    SMMC says tobacco ban is a 'shameful idea'

    The sergeant major of the Marine Corps will fight for Marines' right to buy and use tobacco products on base, despite Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's full support of a review of the product's use and sales aboard military installations.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  20. Troops and and civilians enjoy American fast food at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center's food court in 2009. Army & Air Force Exchange Service PAO

    40 lawmakers seek to halt closure of military fast food outlets

    Forty lawmakers have signed a letter asking the Labor Department to exempt some military morale, welfare and recreation and exchange operations — such as fast food concessions — from wage regulations affecting federal contractors on military bases.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  21. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Key senator opposes commissary budget cut

    The chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee strongly opposes a Pentagon plan to cut funding for commissaries, another signal that the drastic $1 billion proposed reduction will not survive the congressional budget process.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  22. Thomas Brady, the new director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, says his experience as a soldier with children in DoDEA schools — as well as his experience as a base commander communicating with the local school district on behalf of parents — will help inform his decision-making. Tara Parekh/Defense Department

    New DoDEA chief has a military parent's perspective

    As a retired Army colonel, Thomas Brady brings a unique perspective to his new role as director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, which operates 191 schools for military children around the world.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  23. Sailors participate in a morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) sponsored dodge ball league in the hangar bay aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). MCS Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Commissary cuts could hurt MWR programs

    Proposed cuts in commissary funding not only would drive shoppers away because their grocery prices would rise, but also could have a 'devastating' ripple effect on base morale, welfare and recreation programs, advocates said.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  24. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during a March 31 press conference at the Pentagon. Hagel said that he supports a forcewide review of tobacco use and sales on military installations. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Hagel supports review of on-base tobacco sales

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that he supports a forcewide review of tobacco use and sales on military installations.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  25. The commissary review will be conducted by the Pentagon's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Office, according to an internal Pentagon email sent Thursday by Christine Fox, acting deputy secretary of defense. Steve Helber/AP

    DoD to look at consolidating commissaries, exchanges

    Defense officials have ordered a review of options that include consolidating commissaries and exchanges, as well as having commissaries adopt an 'Exchange-like business model,' according to information obtained by Military Times.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
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