• Industry Expresses Interest in Operating Commissaries

    Industry Expresses Interest in Operating Commissaries0

    Pentagon officials are mulling the next steps in their exploration of whether the operation of military groceries could be privatized, after a number of companies expressed interest in taking over some or all aspects of the commissary system. “We have a significant response. It’s enough of a response that we think that a real evaluation of what we’ve got is needed, but it’s going to be a thoughtful and considered process,” Peter Levine, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told the Military Times. “The thing we need to do is assess the information we’ve gotten, determine whether it’s enough to proceed to the next step,” Levine said. The next step presumably would be a formal request for proposals for a possible contract, according to the story …

  • AAFES Adds Dining, Retail Options at Ft. Bragg

    AAFES Adds Dining, Retail Options at Ft. Bragg0

    Fort Bragg is gaining a host of new dining options and other retail outlets as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) opens a new food court and mall at the post located outside of Fayetteville, N.C. Additional retail development is on the way, with projects planned for newer parts of Fort Bragg, including a large entertainment complex with a dine-in movie theater, reports the Fayetteville Observer. “It’s another phase of AAFES supporting the installation,” said Command Sgt. Maj. John Cervenka, the garrison’s senior enlisted leader. “It’s a great thing …

  • DOD Working Group Grapples with Constraints on Spouse Businesses Operated On-Base0

    Pentagon officials have formed a working group to consider ways to loosen restrictions preventing military spouses from operating a broad range of businesses out of on-base housing. The primary barrier limiting spouses’ entrepreneurial options is the requirement that an installation’s morale, welfare and recreation services and local exchanges review prospective businesses that would operate out of any government-owned buildings, including on-base housing. If a business would conflict with any of those organizations, the application likely would be denied …

  • Feds Deny Waiver from New Minimum Wage Requirements for On-Base Eateries0

    Concessionaires at military installations will not be granted an exemption from new rules requiring federal contractors to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers, according to regulations issued Tuesday by the Labor Department. The Labor Department issued the rules to implement an executive order signed by President Obama in February establishing a $10.10 per hour minimum wage beginning Jan. 1 for workers on federal contracts. Since the president’s action, the services and lawmakers had expressed concerns that the increased cost — about 40 percent — could force on-base eateries to close, costing many military family members their jobs …

  • Feds Reconsider Wage Rules Affecting On-Base Eateries0

    The Labor Department is reconsidering new rules requiring federal contractors to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers, after restaurants at several military installations opted to close recently. The rules, issued last fall, require federal contractors operating under the Service Contract Act to pay fast food workers a higher minimum wage, as well as additional health and welfare benefits. Now, the Labor Department has said it would “reissue industry-specific fast food wage determinations in the near future …

  • Closures of On-Base Eateries Likely Related to New Minimum Wage Rules0

    Six restaurants located on military installations, including three McDonald’s outlets and two name-brand eateries, have closed recently or are planning to shortly, with new minimum wage requirements for workers on federal contracts believed to have played a role in the decisions. Last week McDonald’s restaurants closed at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C., and at Naval Support Activity, Bethesda, Md.; a third McDonald’s will close next week at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash. A fourth restaurant, I Love Country, has notified Navy Exchange Service Command that it will close next week at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii …