The Defense Commissary Agency salutes the entire Air Force community on their 69th anniversary

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Sep-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sixty-nine years ago on Sept. 18, men and women of the Army Air Forces stopped wearing Army green and started sporting Air Force blue.

On that date, W. Stuart Symington – formerly the Assistant Secretary of War for Air – was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force. Gen. Carl A. “Toohey” Spaatz became the first Chief of Staff of the Air Force eight days later.

The Defense Commissary Agency, soon to observe its own 25th anniversary on Oct. 1, is proud to salute the entire Air Force community on their anniversary and continue its delivery of the commissary benefit.

For those who called blue skies home, the process of becoming an independent service became law with the passage of the National Security Act of 1947 on July 26. The law created the National Military Establishment – later renamed the Department of Defense – with three branches: the Army, the Navy (which included the Marine Corps) and the newly-formed Air Force. Before then, the Army had been responsible for land-based aviation operations, while the Navy and Marine Corps controlled sea-based and amphibious aviation activities.

The Navy and Marines continued their air operations, but the Army Air Forces was disbanded, the Air Force inherited its mission and bases, and took on responsibility for long-range land-based air operations. This major reorganization of the United States’ armed forces set the tone for military strategy during the Cold War.

Along with the Army Air Forces’ runways and flight operation facilities, the Air Force inherited all sorts of additional assets, including the base commissaries. Although their stores were still supplied for a time by the Army Quartermasters, the Air Force immediately went into the commissary business. The stores proved especially important to military families living overseas with the occupying forces in Japan and Germany.

For many years, all military installations ran their own commissaries, with some assistance from the various service headquarters. In the postwar years, the Armed Forces Commissary Regulation of 1949 standardized terminology and some methodology for the commissaries of military services.

To help cover the stores’ expenses, the Department of Defense ordered an across-the-board 2-percent surcharge on commissary purchases, beginning in 1952. This was gradually increased until it reached the current level, 5 percent, in 1983. Today, funds generated by the surcharge pay for some supplies and equipment, construction, renovation and maintenance of commissary structures.

In the early years following the service’s formation, Air Force base commanders were responsible for their bases’ commissaries. Shelf stocking and commodity purchasing decisions were made at store-level. There was little standardization, no uniformity, no continuity of operations and no career path for commissary workers – civilian or military.

This began to change in the early 1970s. Policy and guidance came from the Supply Support and Services Office at Air Force Headquarters in the Pentagon, while professional assistance came from the Air Force Commissary Stores Branch in the Air Force Services Office in Philadelphia, part of the Air Force Logistics Command.

The commissary benefit’s importance in recruitment and retention increased with the creation of the all-volunteer military in 1973. In 1976, the formation of the Air Force Commissary Service (AFCOMS) centralized guidance and control for all Air Force commissaries – 181 at the time – in one agency, headquartered at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. AFCOMS managed Air Force commissaries until the creation of the Defense Commissary Agency, which centralized all the services’ commissaries in 1991.

Today, DeCA provides the commissary benefit for all the military services, saving individual authorized patrons thousands of dollars annually when compared with prices in civilian supermarkets.

Since 1947, millions of Americans have worn the Air Force uniform, and have established a superb record of valor, sacrifice and distinguished service from the Korean conflict to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, nearly 70 years later, members of the Air Force community, along with their peers in the other armed services, as well as members of the Reserve and National Guard, may shop at any of DeCA’s 238 commissaries at U.S. military installations around the world.

Note: For a video related to the Air Force, go to DeCA’s YouTube page at :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anwj5Q001uw.

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. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save 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.

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kevin.robinson@deca.mil

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The Defense Commissary Agency to host the military resale partnership event, Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival on July 1-31

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Defense Commissary Agency will host the military resale partnership event, Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival, July 1-31 at commissaries worldwide.

This annual event will feature discounted prices on produce at commissary farmers markets, savings on workout equipment and apparel at exchanges, health screenings at local clinics, and fitness events hosted by the post morale, welfare and recreation activities.

With the theme “Live Healthy and Save Big!,” the festival combines savings while supporting the military community’s health and wellness goals, said DeCA Sales Director Tracie Russ.

“We heartily support DOD’s many initiatives to improve the health and wellness of service members and their families. Supporting this fest is a great way to continue that tradition,” Russ said. “Together, the military resale community helps reinforce the installation as the No. 1 destination for partnership events.

The festival combines commissary farmers markets, exchange sidewalk sales, MWR fitness events, demos, music, free nutritious food samples, prize giveaways, discount coupon offers, health and wellness information and children’s programs. “Our patrons benefit most through the collaborative efforts of commissaries, exchanges, MWR services and our industry partners,” Russ said.

For DeCA, the Lifestyle Festival also gives more visibility to the commissaries’ worldwide farmers market program, an event that has offered plenty of tasty fruits and vegetables for the past three years, Russ said.

“Our patrons are in for a treat when it comes to the quality produce offered at our farmers markets,” Russ said. “Thanks to the creativity of our store personnel and industry partners who inject plenty of imagination and excitement into our farmers markets, combined with the exchange sales and the MWR fitness events, this festival will be a must-attend for our military customers.”

Although the bulk of the sales are in July and early August, a few locations will be held in June to avoid calendar conflicts: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California (June 18-19); Chievres Air Base, Belgium (June 12-14); Dugway Proving Ground, Utah (June 26); Izmir Air Station, Turkey (June 27-29); Los Angeles Air Force Base (June 13-15); Naval Station Mayport, Florida (June 13-15); Naval Base Pearl Harbor Commissary, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii (June 26-29); Naval Shipyard Portsmouth, Maine (June 26-28); and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California (June 12).

An overall schedule listing installations and dates can be found on Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival page.

Commissary patrons should also check the individual store Web pages for more information on farmers market dates and other scheduled events. Customers who live near multiple commissaries are encouraged to use the DeCA website to frequent all sales in their area.

Customers are also advised to contact their local installation media for specific festival event schedules.

Note: For an infographic and a photo related to the Your Healthy Lifestyle Festival, go to DeCA’s Flickr page.

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

DeCA sales director Tracie Russ: Store promotions, giveaways and more opportunities for discounts and savings during October

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — October represents the unofficial start of the holiday season for commissary customers who want to see store promotions, giveaways and more opportunities for discounts beyond their usual 30 percent or more savings, said the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales.

“Whether it is celebrating Oktoberfest with friends or saluting friends and families from afar with a big, plump, roasted turkey, your commissary wants you to know we are here for you with extra savings and great opportunities to enhance your commissary benefit,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA sales director.

Russ is also reminding commissary patrons to check out their stores’ fresh produce section for coupon bundles offering even more savings, especially for events such as National Apple Month. Throughout October, DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • “Drink To Pink.” In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Apple and Eve’s Northland brand is donating 25 cents per bottle up to $25,000 for product sold Oct. 1-31. All proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. There will also be a $1-off coupon for the purchase of two bottles. Look for mass pink displays in your local stateside commissary.
  • Halloween treats. There is still a lot of Halloween candy to be purchased before All Hallow’s Eve. Look for the “frightening” displays at your local commissary.
  • Oktoberfest! Through mid-October, commissary customers can find in-store displays and coupons for imported items from Germany and other European countries. A full line of German products are available, including chocolates, cookies, sauerkraut, mustard, red cabbage, pickles, noodles, coffee and more. Guten Appetit!
  • Kraft Foods Group Tailgate Savings. Kraft is offering “Hot Deals” on key tailgating products from Oct. 19 to Nov. 1 worldwide. They will be providing a “Buy 6, save $5” tear pad on all tailgating essentials (100,000 in circulation). In addition, Kraft is providing over 100,000 coupons and recipe offers, $25 Commissary Gift Cards and over 800,000 high-value coupons.
  • “Italian & American Festival of Savings” Oct. 7-21 worldwide. There will be in-store coupon flyers and mass displays on Unilever brands such as Hellmann’s/Best Foods, Lipton, Knorr and Breyers as well as personal care brands including Dove, St. Ives, Vaseline, Q-Tips and Tresemme.
  • “We Honor and Thank You for All That You Do.” Oct. 7-21, General Mills will provide in-store, special-themed mass displays offering shoppers high-value in-store coupons in addition to online Commissary Rewards Card coupons.
  • “Believe in Heroes.” Beginning Oct. 22, this cause promotion will be supported by 300,000 high-value coupon flyers distributed worldwide. During the event, participating brands will provide a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. “Believe in Heroes” was created in 2010 to help support a new generation of injured service members. Look for “Believe in Heroes” mass displays in commissaries worldwide.
  • Thanksgiving holiday meal. Start asking for the free Turkey Coupon Booklet around the last week of October. Commissary customers worldwide will be able to use high-value coupons in order to receive a free Thanksgiving turkey. The booklet will also include preparation tips and holiday recipes. Supplies of these booklets worldwide will be limited. Check out their customized turkey website at www.mymilitarysavings.com.

“The fall season is a busy time for the commissaries,” Russ said. “We’re offering daily specials throughout the stores and seasonal club packs at great savings for the upcoming holidays. And, if you don’t have your Commissary Rewards Card yet, get one now from your local commissary. You could be missing out on some really great deals and giveaways.”

Note: For photos related to this news release, please visit our Flickr page. To see a video, visit our DVIDS orYouTube page.

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

The Defense Commissary Agency names its best stateside and overseas stores for 2014

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — The Defense Commissary Agency announced the selection of its best stateside and overseas stores for 2014.

DeCA’s selections for the Best Commissary awards acknowledge the agency’s leading stores based on exceptional service and dedication in delivering the commissary benefit. The awards recognize the best of the best in commissary operations, said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu.

“Our commissaries worldwide deliver the commissary benefit every day, and these awards highlight the best examples of supporting our service members and their families,” Jeu said. “It’s important to note that a Best Commissary award speaks to superior teamwork – a collaboration of excellence involving our employees, industry members (vendors, suppliers, and brokers) and military stakeholders.”

To win, a store has to exceed DeCA’s normal criteria for customer service, accountability, safety, operations and sales.

The awards are named in honor of American statesmen who championed quality-of-life issues for the military community.

Winning commissaries by category are:

  • Bill Nichols Award for the Best Large Commissary in the United States
    • First Place: Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
    • Second Place: Fort Huachuca, Arizona
  • Richard M. Paget Award for the Best Small Commissary in the United States
    • First Place: Fort Hunter Liggett, California
    • Second Place: Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Dan Daniel Award for the Best Large Commissary Overseas
    • First Place: Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany
    • Second Place: U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy
  • L. Mendel Rivers Award for the Best Small Commissary Overseas
    • First Place: Izmir Air Station, Turkey
    • Second Place: U.S. Army Garrison Camp Humphreys, South Korea
  • Director’s Award for the Best Superstore
    • First Place: McGuire Commissary at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.
    • Second Place: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Note: For photos related to this news release, please visit our Flickr page.

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

The Defense Commissary Agency: 700 students of military families to receive scholarship this year thanks to 2015 Scholarships for Military Children program

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-6-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seven hundred students of military families will each receive a $2,000 scholarship this year thanks to the 2015 Scholarships for Military Children program.

The scholarship, created in 2001, recognizes the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and celebrates the commissary’s role in enhancing military quality of life.

“The scholarship program helps improve educational opportunities for military children,” said Marye Carr, Defense Commissary Agency liaison for the program. “And, at DeCA we are proud to be a small part of honoring the best and the brightest young students in our military communities.”

No government funds are used to support the program. DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers – and the general public donate money to fund the program, and every dollar donated goes directly to funding the scholarships.

“I’ve always been amazed and impressed with the intelligence, the creativity and the dedication, the pursuit of scholastic excellence shown by these students,” said Michael J. Dowling, DeCA deputy director and COO.

“Our stores host awards ceremonies for scholarship recipients,” Dowling added, “and we all recognize the support of the many folks – our industry partners and the Fisher House Foundation – for making the scholarship possible.” The scholarship program is administered by Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to service members and their families.

“The competition among applicants was keen,” said Fisher House Foundation Vice President Jim Weiskopf. “Those who were selected had excellent grades, had leadership positions in school extracurricular activities and were active volunteers in their communities. Some had full-time or part-time work experience. All wrote thoughtful, well-researched essays.”

Four thousand applications were submitted for this year’s scholarships. The number of scholarship awards each year is based on funds available, but the program awards at least $2,000 at each military commissary. If there are no eligible applicants from a given commissary, the funds designated for that commissary are awarded as an additional scholarship at a different store.

Planning for next year’s program is underway, and an announcement of open dates to apply is usually made in the fall. “For the coming year’s scholarship program, we will remind students the program is open with banners at commissary entrances,” said Carr.

Applications will be available in commissaries worldwide and online at www.militaryscholar.org. To apply for a scholarship, a student must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 – or 23, if already enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree.

Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military ID card.

NOTE: For videos related to this news release, please access the following links: YouTube video and DIVDs video. For photos, please go to our Flickr page.

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

The Defense Commissary Agency presented its 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity Awards

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-3-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Defense Commissary Agency presented its 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity Awards March 3.

“As an agency we are dedicated to promoting fairness, objectivity and equality within DeCA’s workforce,” said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “Our award winners personify our commitment to equal employment opportunity.”

Leader of the Year: Gabriel Lugo, commissary officer, Pensacola Commissary, Florida. Lugo’s leadership nurtured a diverse workforce of 83 percent minorities and women, representing more than 37 percent of supervisory and work leader positions, far surpassing population equity. He also hired eight employees with targeted disabilities, with exceptional success.

Employee of the Year: L.C. Williams, sales store checker, Fort Hood II Commissary, Texas. Williams serves as a liaison between DeCA and the Fort Hood Equal Employment Opportunity Office, working to resolve disputes and complaints. He remains active in community outreach, representing the store at newcomers’ events, post-wide holiday charity projects and special observance programs.

Organization of the Year: Central Area, Zone 4, Eglin Commissary, Florida. Led by Zone Manager Monique Mullin-Mings, this zone championed awareness and total team involvement in the agency’s equal employment opportunity objectives, including employment of individuals with targeted disabilities and promoting opportunities for employees by focusing on merit, diversity and inclusion.

Disabled Employee of the Year, announced in June 2014: Jenobia Pitts, Patrick Commissary, Florida. Pitts, diagnosed at age 2 with cerebral palsy, decided early on never to let her disability interfere with experiencing life to its fullest, and she recently finished her master’s degree in business.

“[Ms. Pitts’] dedication … and true compassion for others has fostered an atmosphere of mutual cooperation … throughout the surrounding military community,” read her nomination package. Pitts represented DeCA for the Department of Defense Disabled Employee of the Year ceremony in the Pentagon in October 2014. She was one of 19 government civilians and military members recognized during the event.

Also, during October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, DeCA was one of six organizations honored by the state of Virginia as a champion in disability employment.

NOTE: To see photos of DeCA’s EEO Award recipients, go to our Flickr page.

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

The Defense Commissary Agency: There’s more to discover and many more ways to save at commissaries.com

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-3-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Most of us can appreciate saving a little cash on groceries. Whether single or a family of eight, every dollar helps.

“When service members show their military ID to shop in their commissary it’s their ticket to savings on groceries and household items,” said Gary Frankovich, chief of strategic communications at the Defense Commissary Agency.

Frankovich says some service members may be leaving money on the table and not saving the most they possibly can from their benefit simply by not using features of the commissary’s website, www.commissaries.com.

“If you haven’t been to the commissary website lately you may be surprised at the number of sales, services and programs available to help you keep a little more of that green stuff in your pocket and in your bank account,” he added.

Here are some of the site’s highlights accessible from the menu bar at the top of the homepage.

Under the Shopping tab:

  • Launched the spring of 2014, the commissary Sales and Events page features the current commissary sales flyer. Shoppers can log in to confirm they are authorized commissary shoppers and see pictures of products on sale with sale prices. The flyer changes every two weeks as products go on and off sale. The page also lists new products, and an Exclusive Savings link to coupons and other offers from commissary vendors
  • The Savings Aisle allows visitors to see every product on sale after selecting a specific store from the drop down menu. Medium and large commissaries will have more sale products listed because only products available in all commissaries – small and large – appear on the sales flyer
  • The Commissary Rewards Card section explains the commissary’s hassle-free, online digital coupon program. Authorized shoppers can register their card and add coupons here
  • Other money-saving features include the ability to subscribe to the Commissary Connection e-newsletter, find dates and locations of future Guard and Reserve on-site sales and place an order for Commissary Gift Cards. There’s even a video explaining the Commissary Value Brands – one of the best ways to save in the commissary.

Under the Healthy Living tab:

Other homepage features include a Locations tab that makes it easier for site visitors to find a store. Each commissary has its own pages with hours of operation, telephone numbers, email addresses, directions and a place for the store director to add store news.

“The commissary is a benefit that military members have earned through service to their country and one the Defense Commissary Agency is proud to deliver,” Frankovich said. “There’s more to discover and many more ways to save at commissaries.com.”

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

Frozen food month during March at DeCA

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Great savings on frozen food items highlighted by specially decorated frozen food departments can mean only one thing for commissary shoppers. It’s March – frozen food month!

“Our customers love Frozen Food Month,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director. “They have good reasons to stock up on frozen foods and other items because of the great prices and exciting promotions going on throughout their commissary.”

The annual NCAA basketball tournament is also bouncing around commissaries during March in the form of super savings and giveaways. It’s all made possible by DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – offering discounts beyond everyday savings.

Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Unilever presents Road to the Final Four specials March 19-April 8. Check out the International Section for exceptional discounts on Jose Ole, Tai Pei and Ling Ling entrees and appetizers. The entire line of VIP frozen fruit and vegetable items will be designated Commissary Value Brands.
  • ConAgra Foods presents “Real Food – Real Frozen Rewards!” From March 5 to April 8, a $5 coupon will be offered by purchasing $15 in frozen products from ConAgra Foods’ participating brands simply by scanning a copy of your receipt. For more information about this event, go to ConAgra Commissary Deals.
  • Sunkist soda and Mott’s participating brands are sponsoring the “March Madness Giveaway” from March 19 to April 8. Shoppers can enter to win a Sunkist basketball backboard valued at $200.
  • Kraft Foods Group is offering “Slam Dunk Savings” from March 5 to April 8. At stateside commissaries, Kraft will give away a full size basketball hoop and gift baskets full of Kraft products and coupons. There will also be a single service member contest where a PlayStation®4 will be given away. Overseas stores will have similar giveaways and coupons. Look for “Hoops n’ Hops” displays in your commissary.
  • General Mills “Salute to Savings” runs March 5-April 8 featuring in-store coupons in addition to online Commissary Rewards Card coupons and premium giveaways. Look for the red, white and blue General Mills displays in your local commissary.
  • “Breakfast. It’s Good for You” with Quaker & Tropicana. In support of National Nutrition Month, Quaker and Tropicana are offering in store coupons, nutritional recipes, and more specials online at www.quakermilitary.com. This event is worldwide from March 5 to April 8.
  • Procter & Gamble presents its annual NFL ProCamps. From March 19 through April 8, commissaries stateside will compete for a 2-day football camp that provides instruction, games and challenges along with motivational talks from NFL players. These camps are geared for grades kindergarten through 8th grade. Stop by your commissary beginning March 19 and look for displays promoting this contest. The more participating P&G products purchased, the better the odds of your military community winning a ProCamp this summer. For more information, go to Exclusive Savings page and click on the Family Unit link after March 19.
  • Operation Inspiration. The Eckrich Mobile Sampling Tour features afternoon events (noon to 4 p.m.) providing high value coupons, samples of Eckrich Smoked Sausage and Nathan’s Hot Dogs, giveaways, and a gift-for-purchase offer. The following stores are included in the first part of this year-long program: MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. – March 1; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas – March 4; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. – March 4; Fort Sam Houston, Texas – March 5; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas – March 6; Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. – March 6. Check with your local commissary for more event dates in March.

“There’s a lot going on at your commissary between Frozen Food Month and the NCAA basketball tournament,” Russ said. “Don’t miss these savings in March … It’s definitely worth the trip!”

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