Defense Commissary Agency to relaunch newly enhanced website this summer

Commissaries.com helps patrons maximize savings FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — For commissary shoppers such as Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Stuart M. Allison, the Defense Commissary Agency website is a GPS to even greater savings opportunities. “My wife and I don’t step foot into a commissary until we’ve first gone […]

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Defense Commissary Agency supports “Military Saves Week” Feb. 27 – March 4

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Feb-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers tend to be savvy shoppers – they know the best grocery deals in town are found on their commissary store’s shelves. That’s been true for almost 150 years, since commissaries began offering groceries to all service members in July of 1867. Today (Feb. 16, […]

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Defense Commissary Agency announces retirement of its Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Defense Commissary Agency Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu announced today (Feb. 2, 2017) that he will retire June 3 after more than 38 years of federal service. Jeu has served as DeCA’s director since January 2011. Over the course of his six and a half years […]

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Defense Commissary Agency marks 25 years of service to millions of authorized service members and their families

  FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Twenty-five years ago on Oct. 1, the Defense Commissary Agency took control of armed forces commissaries, worldwide. The commissary benefit wasn’t new in 1991, but it was the first time in history all military commissaries were managed by one agency. Since 1867, the benefit enabled […]

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Defense Commissary Agency observes Food Safety Month with food safety tips from experts

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Sep-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — When it comes to food safety, a few simple precautions at home could prevent a trip to the emergency room, Defense Commissary Agency officials say. “Commissary patrons have just as important a role to play in protecting themselves from foodborne illnesses as our food safety inspectors,” said […]

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Defense Commissary Agency store manager selected by United Fresh for its 2016 Retail Produce Manager Award

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Defense Commissary Agency store department manager is one of the nation’s best at promoting fruits and vegetables, according to the United Fresh Produce Association. Ryan Blancas, former produce manager at the Beale Air Force Base Commissary, California, is one of 25 produce managers nationwide selected by […]

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Defense Commissary Agency observes the 226th birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard

FORT LEE, 2016-Aug-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — While the Defense Commissary Agency’s 25th birthday on Oct. 1 is fast approaching, the agency salutes the people it has had the privilege to serve for the last 25 years: the men, women, and families of the military community – active duty, reserves, and retirees. In August, DeCA […]

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Procter and Gamble and Defense Commissary Agency host youth football ProCamps

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of boys and girls in military communities are seeing their pro football heroes up close and personal through youth football ProCamps sponsored by Procter and Gamble in partnership with the Defense Commissary Agency. “Beyond the everyday savings our patrons receive by shopping their commissary, our industry partners […]

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Michelle Frost named director of the Defense Commissary Agency’s East Area

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michelle Frost, a supervisory category manager for the Defense Commissary Agency’s Sales Directorate, has been named director of the agency’s East Area effective June 13. She fills a position held by Hector Granado who in January became part of DeCA’s newly formed business transformation team. A successor […]

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Defense Commissary Agency’s gift card program enters its 6th year

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gift cards are a great idea. They solve the problem of trying to figure out what to give someone with a simple answer: give them a choice. But then you’re faced with a different question – which card to give? Sure, you could give them one for […]

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Defense Commissary Agency celebrates Earth Day by reducing its environmental footprint through recycling, food donations, and environmentally friendly products

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Earth Day rolls around the Defense Commissary Agency is working diligently to reduce its environmental footprint through recycling, food donations, and environmentally friendly products. “Seven stores have achieved ‘net zero’ status,” said Robin Armhold, DeCA’s environmental engineer. “That means through organic material disposal contracts and other […]

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DeCA received $1.4 billion in appropriated funding in FY 2015

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ —  A lot happened in 2002. The Euro became legal tender in 12 European countries; the U.N. froze the assets of Osama bin Laden; Kmart became the largest retailer in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. The New England Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl […]

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Defense Commissary Agency kicks off spring National Case Lot Sale events

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Military members and their families in the U.S. wanting to load up on savings only need to venture as far as their local store during the Defense Commissary Agency’s spring National Case Lot Sale event. “You cannot find a better deal than our case lot events to […]

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Defense Commissary Agency appoints Linda K. Randall new director of accounting

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Linda K. Randall has been named the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of accounting effective March 20. She fills a position last held by Cynthia Morgan from 2011 until Morgan was selected as director of budget and manpower in 2015. From that time, the resource management directorate manned […]

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Jack McGregor named Defense Commissary Agency’s 2015 Michael W. Blackwell Leadership Award recipient

Pacific logistics chief honored for keeping commissaries supplied FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Mar-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — To say 2015 was a difficult year for supplying Pacific Area commissaries is an understatement. The area dealt with poultry embargoes from Japan and Korea, and West Coast port slowdowns among other issues. So it was no surprise […]

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Defense Commissary Agency becomes the first U.S. retailer to create an omnicommerce experience with NCR Retail ONE

New NCR commerce hub unites an open ecosystem of retail applications and data with an omnichannel software platform NEW YORK, 2016-Jan-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, today announced that the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) will be the first U.S. retailer to create an omnicommerce experience […]

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Defense Commissary Agency store worker Alexander “Alex” Culbreth honored at the 35th annual Department of Defense Disability Awards at the Pentagon

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-11-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Defense Commissary Agency store worker Alexander “Alex” Culbreth was honored at the 35th annual Department of Defense Disability Awards ceremony Oct. 29 at the Pentagon. Culbreth joined 18 other service members and civilian employees with disabilities who received Secretary of Defense awards for their outstanding achievements and […]

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Defense Commissary Agency turns 24 on Oct. 1

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Twenty-four years ago on Oct. 1, the Defense Commissary Agency officially opened its doors for business around the world. Today, its employees are preparing to observe this anniversary the way they do every year: working hard to bring the commissary benefit to their customers with great savings on […]

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Food Safety Month: Defense Commissary Agency reminds its patrons to use the guidelines of “Be Food Safe” when they handle their groceries

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gambling with food safety is a bet you cannot afford to lose. According to Foodsafety.gov, one in six Americans will fall ill this year from food poisoning, with 100,000 going to the hospital and 3,000 people dying each year. Commissaries have layers of food safety protection to help […]

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Hector Granado named new DeCA East Area director effective May 31

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hector Granado is the new DeCA East Area director, taking the reins of DeCA’s top area in terms of sales effective May 31. “With his wealth of experience and personal accomplishments both in the field and at headquarters, Hector brings a level of expertise and leadership qualities that […]

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Defense Commissary Agency updates on its environmental goals

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-4-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Green purchasing, food bank donations and recycling highlight a long list of things the Defense Commissary Agency is doing to reach “net zero waste” and other environmental goals. The agency has long focused on the reduction of waste, recycling materials, conservation of resources and becoming more energy-efficient overall, […]

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Defense Commissary Agency begins its scheduled roll out of Wi-Fi access to its stateside stores

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-4-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wi-Fi access for commissary patrons is coming to stateside stores as the Defense Commissary Agency begins its scheduled roll out of the online service. Through the Commissary Patron Internet Mobile System, or CPIMS, the agency will gradually open customer Wi-Fi access initially at all stateside commissaries to […]

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Commissaries to celebrate the Month of the Military Child with giveaways and savings for the entire family this April

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — April is Month of the Military Child and commissaries are celebrating with giveaways and savings for the entire family. “Children in military households face unique challenges because of the demands of military life,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director. “So, at the Defense Commissary Agency, we want to […]

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Defense Commissary Agency seeks new contractor for its deli and bakery services in 22 commissaries

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-3-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Deli and bakery services in 22 commissaries in 12 states face temporary suspension today as the Defense Commissary Agency seeks a new contractor. Six of the 22 commissaries have sushi bars that will also be temporarily suspended. Today’s announcement comes because the agency terminated two deli/bakery service contracts […]

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Defense Commissary Agency: Military Saves Week, Feb. 23-28

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-2-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maybe there are times when you envy friends or colleagues for the buying power they apparently command. After all, how do they spring for that popular but expensive specialty coffee, that premier movie everyone wants to see or that e-book on the bestseller list? Seems like your budget […]

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Defense Commissary Agency to re-energizing Commissary Value Brand in response to growing patron demand for products comparable to the low-cost private label items

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to growing patron demand for products comparable to the low-cost private label items sold in civilian stores, the Defense Commissary Agency is re-energizing an “old friend” known as Commissary Value Brand. Starting in December, commissaries worldwide will highlight about 300 Value Brand products in 33 categories […]

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Ralph J. Tremaglio named the Defense Commissary Agency’s deputy general counsel for commercial law

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-11-6— /EPR Retail News/ — Ralph J. Tremaglio has been named the Defense Commissary Agency’s deputy general counsel for commercial law. Tremaglio, who started work at DeCA Oct. 19, fills a position left vacant since June when Elliot Clark retired. “Ralph brings a level of expertise to the commercial law section, which will benefit […]

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Defense Commissary Agency: Director of strategic planning Kristen D. Ogden retires after 36 years of federal service

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-9-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kristen D. Ogden, director of strategic planning for the Defense Commissary Agency, retired after nearly 36 years of federal service effective Sept. 3. “Ms. Ogden has dedicated nearly 36 years of her life to federal service – the vast majority of those years to shaping the workforce, enabling […]

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