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37 overseas commissaries to open during furloughs

FORT LEE, Va., June 18, 2013 – Nearly 40 stores in Europe and the Pacific will remain open with local national employees during furloughs, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency.

“DeCA is committed to doing everything possible to minimize the impact of any budget decisions on its patrons,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA’s director and CEO. “We’re doing just that at overseas commissaries, where we have sufficient local national employees to open during furloughs.”

Because of international agreements, local national employees are exempt from furlough. Store staffs overseas include a mix of U.S. and local national employees, and 37 of DeCA’s 66 overseas stores have enough local national staff to remain operational. The Department of Defense announced those commissaries would remain open during furloughs.

The following commissaries will be open on furlough days:

  • The United Kingdom – Royal Air Force Base Menwith Hill
  • Germany – U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, U.S. Army Garrison Garmisch, Patch Barracks, Sembach Air Base, Spangdahlem Air Base, U.S. Army Garrison Vilseck and Vogelweh Air Base
  • Belgium – Chièvres Air Base
  • Italy – Aviano Air Base, U.S. Army Garrison Livorno, Naval Support Activity Naples, Naval Air Station Sigonella and U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza
  • Portugal – Lajes Field, the Azores
  • Spain – Naval Station Rota
  • Turkey – Ankara Air Base, Incirlik Air Base and Izmir Air Base
  • Egypt – Cairo
  • Saudi Arabia – Riyadh
  • South Korea – K-16 Air Base, U.S. Army Garrison Camp Stanley, U.S. Army Garrison Camp Carroll, Hannam Village Housing Area, Kunsan Air Base, U.S. Army Garrison Camp Humphreys, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, Naval Base Chinhae and Osan Air Base
  • Japan – Camp Foster Marine Corps Base, Okinawa; Camp Courtney Marine Corps Base, Okinawa; U.S. Army Garrison Camp Zama; Kadena Air Base, Okinawa; Misawa Air Base; Sagamihara Housing Area and Yokota Air Base

Like most DOD organizations, the commissary agency is scheduled to furlough its U.S. civil service workforce for 11 Mondays between July 8 and Sept. 30. The furloughs came out of automatic federal government budget reductions, known as sequestration, which began March 1.

As sequestration continues, commissary customers can quickly find out about any changes to their local store’s operating schedule here on by clicking on the “Locations” tab on the home page, then “Alphabetical Listing”; after finding your store, click on “Local Store Information.”

Keep in mind that because sequestration is so fluid, DeCA’s plan for this budget-cutting measure is subject to change.

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

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