Commissaries across the globe are up to the challenges presented by COVID-19, according to the retired Navy flag officer who oversees operations of the global, multibillion-dollar system.
Rear Adm. Robert Bianchi, USN (Ret), DoD special assistant for commissary operations, said each of the 236 commissaries worldwide made adjustments to keep customers and employees safe as they shopped for essential food and supplies during the global crisis.
“We’ve kind of been on the forefront through all of this,” Bianchi said in an interview with MOAA last week. “There’s a lot of folks that have had to shut down, so those of us that have stayed open ... are kind of the pathfinders for many in how we respond, how we adjust to the immediate and then also what the new normal is going to look like.”
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With each buzz on their cellphones, veterans can get closer to their health goals by having “Annie,” a virtual, automated nurse, remind them to put out their cigarettes, go for a walk, or check their blood pressure levels.
“Annie’s kind of like a nurse that you have in your pocket,” said Neil Evans, chief officer of VA’s Office of Connected Care, which created the Annie program. “She’s able to deliver messages to remind veterans about the care plan that they’ve worked out with their VA care provider.”
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Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) march off after supporting military funeral honors in Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, May 8, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
The publication of a draft rule on revised eligibility for burial at Arlington National Cemetery has been postponed indefinitely as the public navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.
The public comment period was expected to begin in April. There is no “firm date” for when the rule will be cleared, said Karen Durham-Aguilera, executive director of the Office of Army Cemeteries, the agency that manages Arlington National Cemetery.
“Right now, the focus of the administration, the nation, is on the response of the coronavirus,” Durham-Aguilera said.
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U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley hosts World War II veteran, retired Lt. Col. James “Maggie” Megellas for his 100th birthday during an office call in the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., March 10, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jamill Ford/Released)
James “Maggie” Megellas, a World War II Army officer who became a legend after he single-handedly wiped out a German tank with grenades during the Battle of the Bulge, has died. He was 103.
Megellas, a Life Member of MOAA and retired Army lieutenant colonel, is known as the most decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts; he was recommended for the Medal of Honor in 1945 and again decades later through legislative efforts.
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I've previously written about Lt. Col. Megellas for the Fayetteville Observer: