LAS VEGAS — Retired Gen. Peter Pace, former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George W. Bush, said grocery store operators are doing their part to ensure the security of the United States by keeping the economy going. Speaking here yesterday at the closing general session of the National Grocers Association's annual convention, Pace said, "We couldn't have a free nation without a good, strong military, and we couldn 't have a good strong military without a strong economy. ...

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