Last phase of the Defense Commissary Agency’s in-store Wi-Fi rollout schedule begins Oct. 19

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The last phase of the Defense Commissary Agency’s in-store Wi-Fi rollout schedule begins Oct. 19 as the agency opens Internet access for patrons at its remaining 109 commissaries.

Since Feb. 6, patron Wi-Fi has been deployed to 131 stateside stores and Puerto Rico. This final schedule “closes the loop” on DeCA’s in-store Wi-Fi deployment, said Duane Woodfin, an information technology specialist and wireless expert at DeCA headquarters.

“We’re proud to bring this customer service to our patrons at all our stores so those with smart phones and tablets can use Wi-Fi to expand their commissary benefit,” Woodfin said. “We live in a world where our customers have technology at their fingertips that gives them access to information and services that save them money while they shop.”

In-store Wi-Fi allows patrons to use their smart phones and tablets to access the Internet and websites such as www.commissaries.com, where they can download digital coupons for the Commissary Rewards Card, see the current DeCA sales flyer and view promotional prices from the “Savings Aisle.”

Here are some things to know about access to a commissary’s Wi-Fi connection:

  • Anyone can access the store’s Wi-Fi from the sales floor area
  • Users must accept DeCA’s “terms of service” agreement
  • Some websites are blocked
  • Patrons with questions about access should contact the store’s customer service representative

With this announcement DeCA begins the final phase of its in-store Wi-Fi deployment, which coincides with the agency’s regularly scheduled technical refresh of commissaries that don’t have the system requirements to support Wi-Fi access. The previous schedule involved stores whose systems had already been upgraded.

Following is DeCA’s final Wi-Fi deployment schedule for 109 stores between Oct. 19, 2015 and April 4, 2016:

Remaining stateside Wi-Fi deployments

  • HAWAII, Oct. 19 – Hickam and Pearl Harbor commissaries at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Schofield Barracks and Marine Corps Base Hawaii (Kaneohe Bay)
  • OHIO, Oct. 19 – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • MISSOURI, Oct. 19 – Richards-Gebaur, Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood
  • FLORIDA, Oct. 19 – Hurlburt Field, MacDill Air Force Base and Patrick Air Force  Base; March 21 – Whiting Field, Eglin Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Pensacola
  • UTAH, Nov. 9 – Hill Air Force Base and Dugway Proving Ground
  • NEBRASKA, Nov. 9 – Offutt Air Force Base
  • SOUTH DAKOTA, Nov. 9 – Ellsworth Air Force Base
  • OKLAHOMA, Nov. 9 – Tinker Air Force Base; Nov. 23 – Vance Air Force Base
  • ILLINOIS, Nov. 23 – Rock Island Arsenal and Scott Air Force Base
  • WISCONSIN, Nov. 23 – Fort McCoy
  • ARIZONA, Dec. 21 – Luke Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
  • TEXAS, Dec. 21 – Laughlin Air Force Base; Jan. 18 – Goodfellow Air Force Base and Dyess Air Force Base;  Feb. 22 – Fort Bliss
  • LOUISIANA, Jan. 18 – Barksdale Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans
  • MISSISSIPPI, Feb. 1 – Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport and Keesler Air Force Base
  • VIRGINIA, Feb. 1 – Little Creek Commissary at Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story and Fort Eustis Commissary at Joint Base Langley-Eustis; April 4 – Fort Lee
  • GEORGIA, Feb. 22 – Fort Gordon and Fort Benning
  • KANSAS, Feb. 22 – McConnell Air Force Base
  • NEW MEXICO, Feb. 22 – White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base; March 21 – Cannon Air Force Base and Kirtland Air Force Base
  • PENNSYLVANIA, March 21 – Tobyhanna Army Depot
  • NEVADA, April 4 – Nellis Air Force Base
  • NEW JERSEY, March 21 – U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal (Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center); April 4 – Lakehurst Commissary at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Dover Air Force Base
  • MARYLAND, April 4 – Naval Air Station Patuxent River

Overseas Wi-Fi deployments

  • BELGIUM, Oct. 26 – Chievres Air Base
  • ITALY, Oct. 26 – Aviano Air Base, Livorno Commissary at Camp Darby, Naval Support Activity Naples, Naval Air Station Sigonella and U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza
  • NETHERLANDS, Oct. 26 – U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen
  • SPAIN, Oct. 27 – Naval Station Rota
  • UNITED KINGDOM, Oct. 27 – Commissaries at the following Royal Air Force bases: Alconbury, Croughton, Lakenheath, Menwith Hill and Mildenhall
  • TURKEY, Oct. 28 – Ankara, Incirlik Air Base and Izmir
  • GERMANY, Jan. 4 – Commissaries at the following U.S. Army garrisons: Ansbach, Baumholder, and those serving USAG Bavaria at Garmisch, Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels, and at USAG Stuttgart in Kelley Barracks; Jan. 5 – Panzer Kaserne, Patch Barracks and Robinson Barracks commissaries at USAG Stuttgart, Ramstein Air Base, Spangdahlem Air Base, Vilseck (USAG Bavaria), and the military communities at Vogelweh and Wiesbaden
  • AZORES, Nov. 11 – Lajes Field
  • JAPAN, Nov. 16 – Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Camp Zama, Camp Kure and Hario Village; Okinawa – Camp Courtney, Camp Foster and Camp Kinser; Nov. 17 – Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Kadena Air Base (Okinawa), Misawa Air Base, Sagamihara Housing Area, Fleet Activities Sasebo, Naval Base Yokosuka and Yokota Air Base
  • SOUTH KOREA, Nov. 18 – Camp Carroll, Camp Casey, Camp Humphreys, Camp Red Cloud and Camp Stanley; Nov. 19 – Fleet Activities Chinhae, Daegu Commissary at Camp Walker, K-16 Air Field, Kunsan Air Base, Osan Air Base and U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan
  • GUAM, Nov. 23 – Andersen Air Force Base and Orote Commissary at Naval Base Guam

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.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

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 include Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

So far, patron Wi-Fi has been deployed to these stores in Virginia: Naval Air Station Oceana, Fort Lee, Langley Air Force Base, Naval Station Norfolk and Norfolk Naval Shipyard Scott Center Annex in Portsmouth.

“Many of our patrons come to the commissary with their smart phones and tablets. Store Wi-Fi will help them maximize their commissary benefit,” said Duane Woodfin, an information technology specialist and wireless expert. “There’s a lot of valuable shopping information on commissaries.com. Customers can find digital coupons for the Commissary Rewards Card, our sales flyer, the savings aisle for access to promotional prices and much, much more.”

Here are some things to know about access to a commissary’s Wi-Fi connection:

  • Anyone can access the store’s Wi-Fi from the sales floor area
  • Users must accept the Defense Commissary Agency’s “terms of service” agreement
  • Some websites are blocked
  • Patrons with questions about access should contact the store’s customer service representative

DeCA is rolling out CPIMS in two phases. The first involves commissaries with existing network infrastructure to support patron wireless traffic. The second will coincide with the agency’s technical refresh of commissaries that don’t have the system requirements to support patron Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi deployment schedule has not yet been finalized for these stores, but DeCA will announce it as soon as possible.

Woodfin said no decision has been made yet regarding DeCA’s expansion of CPIMS to overseas stores.

DeCA will announce the Wi-Fi deployment for stores needing a technical refresh when that schedule is finalized. Following is DeCA’s Wi-Fi deployment schedule for 105 stores with existing network infrastructure:

  • ALASKA
  • April 29 – Fort Wainwright
  • April 30 – Anchorage Area on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
  • April 30 – Eielson Air Force Base, Fort Greely, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak
  • ARIZONA
  • April 27 – Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  • ARKANSAS
  • April 21 Little Rock Air Force Base
  • CALIFORNIA
  • May 4 – Fort Hunter Liggett, Naval Air Station Lemoore, Moffett Field
  • May 5 – Travis Air Force Base, McClellan, Beale Air Force Base
  • May 6 – Ord Community, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Edwards Air Force Base
  • May 7 – Vandenberg Air Force Base, Port Hueneme Commissary at Naval Base Ventura County, Los Angeles Air Force Base
  • May 8 – March Air Reserve Base, Fort Irwin, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake
  • May 11 – San Onofre, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Naval Air Station North Island
  • May 12 – Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach, Naval Base San Diego, Naval Air Facility El Centro
  • May 13 – Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms
  • COLORADO
  • April 23 – Fort Carson
  • April 24 – Buckley Air Force Base
  • CONNECTICUT
  • April 13 – Naval Submarine Base New London
  • DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
  • April 9 – Bolling Commissary at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
  • FLORIDA
  • April 20 – Tyndall Air Force Base
  • April 21 – Naval Air Station Key West
  • GEORGIA
  • April 20 – Robins Air Force Base, Moody Air Force Base
  • May 20 – Hunter Army Air Field, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay
  • May 21 – Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany
  • May 22 – Fort Stewart
  • IDAHO
  • April 27 – Mountain Home Air Force Base
  • ILLINOIS
  • April 22 – Naval Station Great Lakes
  • KANSAS
  • April 24 – Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley
  • KENTUCKY
  • April 21 – Fort Campbell
  • LOUISIANA
  • April 22 – Gunter Air Force Base, Fort Polk
  • MAINE
  • April 13 – Bangor Army National Guard Base
  • MARYLAND
  • April 7 – Fort Detrick
  • April 8 – Aberdeen Proving Ground
  • April 9 – Naval Station Annapolis and Andrews Commissary at Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington
  • April 10 – Forest Glen (formerly Walter Reed), Fort Meade
  • MONTANA
  • April 27 – Malmstrom Air Force Base
  • NEVADA
  • May 8 – Naval Air Station Fallon
  • NEW JERSEY
  • April 14 – McGuire Commissary at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
  • NEW YORK
  • April 14 – U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • NORTH CAROLINA
  • April 15 – Fort Bragg North and South
  • April 16 – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
  • April 17 – Marine Corps Air Station New River
  • NORTH DAKOTA
  • April 24 – Minot Air Force Base, Grand Forks Air Force Base
  • PENNSYLVANIA
  • April 10 – Carlisle Barracks
  • April 14 – Pittsburgh Area
  • PUERTO RICO
  • April 6 – Fort Buchanan
  • RHODE ISLAND
  • April 13 – Naval Station Newport
  • SOUTH CAROLINA
  • April 15 – Fort Jackson
  • May 18 – Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Charleston Air Force Base Commissary at Joint Base Charleston
  • May 19 – Naval Weapons Station Charleston Commissary at Joint Base Charleston, Shaw Air Force Base
  • TEXAS
  • April 27 – Fort Hood – Clear Creek
  • April 28 – Fort Hood – Warrior Way; Lackland, Randolph and Fort Sam Houston commissaries at Joint Base San Antonio; Naval Air Station Kingsville
  • April 29 – Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
  • VIRGINIA
  • Feb. 2 – (testing/roll out) Naval Air Station Oceana
  • March 30 – Fort Lee
  • March 31 – Langley Commissary at Joint Base Langley-Eustis
  • April 1 – Naval Station Norfolk
  • April 2 – Norfolk Naval Shipyard Scott Center Annex in Portsmouth
  • April 3 – Sugar Grove
  • April 6 – Fort Belvoir
  • April 7 – Fort Myer Commissary at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
  • April 8 – Marine Corps Base Quantico and Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren
  • WASHINGTON
  • April 27 – Fairchild Air Force Base
  • April 29 – Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Smokey Point at Naval Station Everett, McChord Field Commissary at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
  • May 1 – Lewis Main Commissary at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton
  • WYOMING
  • April 23 – F.E. Warren Air Force Base

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.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil