FORT LEE, Va., 2014-6-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sharon Washington has been selected DeCA zone 8 manager. That announcement came today from DeCA Executive Director of Store Operations Keith Hagenbuch. Washington succeeds Arnielle Fernandez who became the agency’s bread and snacks category manager in April.
Washington has been assistant store director at Naval Base San Diego for the past 17 months. Previously, she spent four years each as store director for the commissaries at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, and Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.
She has acquired more than a quarter century’s worth of experience while working in 11 commissaries in the United States and overseas and from three years as a management assistant in DeCA’s Midwest Region district office in Colorado Springs.
Washington takes the reins as Zone 8 manager, June 29, operating out of the zone office at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and will oversee 12 commissaries in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas with combined annual sales of $287 million.
About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5–percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.
Kevin L. Robinson
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