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Navy exercise could affect operating hours at some stateside locations

FORT LEE, Va, January 30, 2013 – The Navy will conduct an anti-terrorism exercise, Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2013, Feb. 27 to March 1, which could affect the operating hours of commissaries on 44 Navy installations in the continental United States.

To keep customers informed, each commissary on a stateside Navy installation will post its hours of operation during the exercise on its “Local Store Information” page on the DeCA website,

From Feb. 27 to March 1, customers who plan to shop on any stateside Navy installation commissary are advised to follow this link to see if the store is open.

Upon locating the store by name and opening the store page, click “Local Store Information” from the menu on the left. Check back often, as hours of operation may change during the exercise.

“Although we understand that closing a store for a day or longer will impact our customers greatly, we fully support the Navy exercise and the commissaries’ important role in each military installation’s anti-terrorism plans,” said Keith Hagenbuch, executive director of DeCA’s Store Operations Group. “The commissary on a Navy installation is following the direction of the commander on that installation. We thank you for your understanding and support of this important Navy exercise.”

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 save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. 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

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